Renowned trumpeter Wayne Bergeron to hold master class

Acclaimed trumpeter Wayne Bergeron to give master class at La Sierra

Oct. 11, 2013
By Darla Martin Tucker

Grammy-nominated trumpeter Wayne Bergeron will bring his talent and expertise to La Sierra University this month, aiming to impart his knowledge to students of varying ages.

Fresh off performances at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre for “The Wizard of Oz” and for Hollywood Bowl concerts, Bergeron will jump-start the 2013-2014 Master Class & Clinic Series at La Sierra University’s Hole Memorial Auditorium. The class will be held Sun., Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. General admission is $10, students $5.

Bergeron arrives at La Sierra through the request of adjunct trumpet faculty member Giovanni Santos. “The music department does a trumpet clinic every year where I invite different trumpet players,” Santos said. “I thought people would learn from and enjoy listening to Mr. Bergeron, so I called him and he was more than willing.”

Santos met the eminent trumpeter when Bergeron held a master class at the University of Southern California where Santos was a graduate student. “I have admired him for a long time for his incredible musicianship and for his work in the recording industry,” said Santos.

Bergeron’s high-flying career has involved hundreds of feature film soundtrack performances, guest solo appearances, music clinics, recordings with a veritable who’s who of the jazz and pop industries, and international tours. In his spare time he co-designed a trumpet and a flugelhorn, and sells Wayne Bergeron mouthpieces on his website.

Bergeron, who is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Concord Recording Artist, has worked on more than 300 television and motion picture soundtracks. His film credits include “Monsters University,” “Toy Story 3,” “Despicable Me,” “Star Trek,” Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Marley & Me,” “Percy Jackson,” “Anchorman,” “Mission Impossible,” “2012,” and many others.

His featured trumpet solos can be heard on many soundtracks including those for “Duplicity,” “The Incredibles,” “Princess & the Frog,” “The Rat Pack,” “Aladdin King of Thieves,” and “Foolproof.”

In addition, Bergeron’s work is credited on numerous television shows and programming including the sports themes for NBC, ESPN and TNT, the theme for Entertainment Tonight, music for the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Jeopardy, and many others.

The long list of famous acts with whom Bergeron has recorded includes Beyoncé, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Diana Krall, Tito Puente, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton, Earth, Wind & Fire, and David Benoit, to name a few.

His first solo effort, “You Call this a Living?” garnered Bergeron a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble. His latest recording, “Plays Well With Others” was released on the Concord Jazz label in 2007.

Bergeron holds a passion for big bands and has been included in some of Los Angeles’ top groups, recording with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, Ralph Carmichael, Frank Capp, Bill Elliott and others.

Bergeron grew up in Southern California where he started on French horn before switching to trumpet in the 7th grade. “I found I had natural ability for playing the trumpet in the upper register at an early age,” Bergeron says in his bio. He credits his junior high school band director and first trumpet teacher, Ron Savitt for molding his natural abilities into practical working skills, he states.

For further information about the Master Class & Clinic Series at La Sierra University email music@lasierra.edu or call 951-785-2036.

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