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Wayne Bergeron to perform at MSU

Bergeron-E.jpgLos Angeles recording artist Wayne Bergeron will join the MSU’s Jazz Ensemble I for a concert Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Button Auditorium.

Earlier that day, Bergeron will teach a trumpet masterclass at 3 p.m. in Duncan Recital Hall.

Sponsors for the events include the Buckner and Sally S. Hinkle Endowment for Humanities, Yamaha, Hurst Music and Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (CCJO).

“To have Wayne Bergeron, who is one of the best in the world at what he does, on campus is huge for our students to listen and learn from. We are anticipating a wonderful turn out with many of our region's high school music students coming to campus to take advantage of this rare opportunity,” said Greg Wing, professor of music (trumpet).

Bergeron is one of the most sought-after musicians in the world. Studio sessions, film dates, international touring, jazz concerts, guest appearances and clinics keep him busy not only in his hometown of Los Angeles, but worldwide.

He first caught the ear of many when he landed the lead trumpet chair with Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1986. Bergeron can be heard on Maynard’s recordings of “Body and Soul,” “Big Bop Nouveau,” “Brass Attitude” and “The One and Only Maynard Ferguson.” 

As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of recording credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day.

He has worked on more than 400 TV and motion picture soundtracks.

Bergeron’s passion for big bands has led to his inclusion in some of Los Angeles’ most well-respected bands. He has recorded and played with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Chris Walden, Tom Kubis, John La Barbara, Bob Florence, Ray Anthony and Bill Watrous.

After being behind the scenes for so many years, Bergeron stepped out on his own with his first solo effort, “You Call This a Living?”  This debut project earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble.

Bergeron has been principle trumpet at the Pantages Theatre for more than 15 years and is regularly featured with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has done guest appearances with the L.A. Philharmonic, The New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Bergeron is a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America.

Additional information is available by contacting Wing at 606-783-2401.

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