Trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson called Wayne Bergeron “the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve ever had on my band.” Bergeron, who is enjoying a career as one of the most active trumpet players in the world, will perform at Henderson State University on March 15 in Arkansas Hall at 7:30 p.m. He will be accompanied by the Arkansas All-Star Big Band consisting of many of the finest jazz musicians in Arkansas. Arkansas Hall is located on the Henderson campus at Henderson and 12th streets.
“We are tremendously excited to have one of the world’s greatest trumpeters come to Henderson,” said Dr. Jim Buckner, professor of trumpet and chair of the music department at Henderson. “Almost everyone has heard Wayne Bergeron countless times without realizing it. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear a live performance by one of the most exciting jazz musicians in the world.
“Backing him up will be the Arkansas All-Star Big Band featuring many of the best jazz musicians in Arkansas,” Buckner said. “These band members have played with the finest big bands in America, including the Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey orchestras, and have backed up many musical greats ranging from The Four Tops and The Temptations to Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr. ”
Tickets are $15 online until March 1, and $20 at the door. The ticket price includes admission to a pre-concert clinic presented by Bergeron from 3-4:30 p.m. in Arkansas Hall. Tickets and additional information are available online at www.hsutrumpets.com.
As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of CD credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day. Other stellar names include Beyoncé, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Seal, Diana Krall, Tito Puente, Christina Aguilera, Dianne Reeves, Barry Manilow, Michael Bolton, Gwen Stefani, Earth Wind & Fire, The Pussy Cat Dolls, My Chemical Romance, The Mars Volta, INXS, Chicago, Rosemary Cloony, Diane Schuur, Barry Manilow, Lee Ann Womack, Lou Rawls, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G., Brian Culbertson, and David Benoit.
Bergeron has worked on more than 300 television and motion picture soundtracks. A partial list of film credits include Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Charlie St Cloud, 2012, Percy Jackson, Cats & Dogs, Surrogates, The Informant, G-force, Star Trek, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, High School Musical 1 & 3, Race to Witch Mountain, National Treasure 1 & 2, Bedtime Stories, Pink Panther 2, Marley & Me, Role Models, The Mummy 3, Get Smart, Enchanted, Hancock, Horton Hears a Who, Semi Pro, Superman Returns, Pirates of the Caribbean 1,2&3, Ratatouille, The Simpson’s Movie, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Ice Age 2, Spiderman 1 & 2, Fantastic Four 1 & 2, Team America, Anchorman, Catch Me if You Can, South Park, Flubber and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Bergeron’s featured trumpet solos can be heard on the motion pictures Duplicity, Rocky Balboa, The Incredibles, Leather Heads, Princess & the Frog, The Perfect Game, High Crimes, Rounders, Fled, Hey Arnold (the movie), The Life Aquatic, The Rat Pack, Child Star, Illegal Tender, Aladdin King of Thieves, Foolproof, and Two Days in the Valley.
Numerous TV credits include shows such as NBC, ESPN & TNT sports themes, Entertainment Tonight Theme, Academy Awards, American Idol (2001-02), Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy’s, The Goode Family, Jeopardy, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Phineas & Ferb, Emperor’s New School, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Mouse Works, Make em Laugh, House of Mouse, King of the Hill, Futurama, Buzz Lightyear, Hercules and Hey Arnold.
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 as well as rave reviews from fans and press worldwide. His latest recording “Plays Well With Others” was released on the Concord Jazz label in 2007 and met with the same acclaim.
Bergeron’s passion for big bands has led to his inclusion in some of Los Angeles’ most well respected bands. He has recorded with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Chris Walden, Tom Kubis, John La Barbara, Andy Martin, Ralph Carmichael, Bob Florence, Frank Capp, Matt Cattingub, Bill Liston, Kim Richmond, Ray Anthony, Buddy Childers, Roger Neumann, Bill Perkins, Bill Elliott, Gary Irwin, Bill Watrous, Bob Curnow and Phil Kelly.