After 38 years at the drums, Barry has established himself as one of Canada's most unique drumset stylists.
Since leaving York University's music program in 1980 (and studying drumset w/ Stan Perry and Pete Magadini) Barry has gone on to work with some of Canada's finest musicians, has led his own bands, and accompanied many international artists. Barry has also been featured on over sixty recordings, including 13 CDs as a leader/co-leader. Barry has also been a featured performer on numerous Canadian Tours as well as a featured performer in Europe, India and the United States.
The Barry Romberg Group won the Alcan Jazz Competition (central region) in 1990; Barry won a Juno Award in 1991 for his participation in Brian Dickenson's "In Transition" as well as six Juno nominations; in 2001 with Micheal Occhipinti's Creation Dream project "Songs of Bruce Cockburn", in 2002 with Chris Tarry's "Of Battles Unknown Mysteries" and with Nojo's "Highwire" in 2003, Nojo's City Of Neighborhoods" in 2004 and David Buchbinders Shurum Burum Jazz Circus in 2005, and Creation Dream's "Chasing After Light" in 2008. THE MRC TRIO a collective group that Barry co-led was nominated for Best Electric Band at the National Jazz Awards in 2003; Barry Romberg's Random Access was also nominated for best electric group at the NJA in 2005/2006/2007. Random Access won Best Electric Group in 2008. Barry was also nominated for Drummer of the Year in 2006/07/08 at the NJA; And in 2008 The Random Access Large Ensemble was nominated for Best Big Band as well as Barry for Producer of the Year at the NJA.
Over the years Barry has worked with the likes of; Gil Evans, Hank Jones, Joe Henderson, Don Pullen, Kenny Wheeler, Ritchie Bierach, Don Byron, Sam Rivers, Rez Abassi, Jeff Coffin, George Garzone, Joanne Brackeen, Sonny Greenwich,Bill Mays, Metalwood, Rick Margitza, Mark Turner, Kenny Drew Jr, Roswell Rudd, Mark Murphy, Carol Sloane, Mark Whitfield, Eric Alexander, NOJO, Jane Bunnett, Holly Cole, Kirk McDonald, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Phil Dwyer, Moe Koffman, Bernie Senensky, Mike Murley, Lorne Lofsky, Peter Appleyard, Rob McConnell, Molly Johnson, Carol Wellsman, Guido Basso, Jeff Johnston, Hemispheres and The Shuffle Demons.
Barry continues to freelance on drums, composes, teaches (currently on faculty at York University and Humber College) and is always getting involved in new projects. Besides leading two bands; Random Access and The Random Access Large Ensemble, some of the more recent undertakings include; a new group INSIDE OUT with Lorne Lofsky and Kieran Overs, and an exciting collaboration The MRC TRIO, featuring Hugh Marsh, as well as a collective THREE SISTERS featuring award winning bassist Chris Tarry and guitarists Geoff Young and Daryl Jankhe.
Barry is also a featured member of bands led by: Michael Occhipinti, Geoff Young, Kirk Macdonald, Lorne Lofsky Al Henderson and David Buchbinder, Barry has also been the recipient of numerous Canada Council grants over the last 10 years supporting many different projects. (20 grants in total).