Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Trumpeter Wayne Bergeron Highlights 40TH Annual A&M-Kingsville Jazz Festival

KINGSVILLE - March 13, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Competitions, concerts to be performed in Jones Auditorium

KINGSVILLE (March 13, 2007) — A performance by Wayne Bergeron, noted jazz trumpeter, will highlight the 40th Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday, March 23-24. 

The festival offers more than 20 Texas middle school and high school jazz bands a venue to showcase their talent, perform among their peers and learn from a noted jazz artist.

Guest artist Bergeron is known as one of the most active players on the Los Angeles scene, keeping his schedule full with studio dates, international touring, jazz concerts, guest soloist appearances and clinics.
Bergeron earned a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble for his first solo big band CD, “You Call This a Living?” His musical resume includes serving as lead trumpet with the Maynard Ferguson Band and sideman on hundreds of CD projects, working with artists as varied as Beyoncé, Chicago, Tito Puente and Ray Charles. Bergeron has also been a part of more than 300 film and television soundtracks. His trumpet solos can be heard in Rocky Balboa, Rounders, The Mask, King of the Hill and Jeopardy!, among many. In addition, his passion for big bands has brought him into the recording studio to perform with some of Los Angeles’ most well respected bands, led by people like Quincy Jones, Bill Watrous, Ray Anthony, Gordon Goodwin and Pat Williams.

This year’s festival is dedicated to R.S. “Cookie” Garza, a civic leader in the Coastal Bend and supporter of the university and its jazz program, who passed away in 2006.

“He attended everything we did,” said Dr. Paul Hageman, Regents Professor and chair of the music department and director of A&M-Kingsville’s jazz program. “He was our number one supporter and our most enthusiastic audience member. We felt like this was something we could do to show our appreciation for the years of support Cookie and Aurora (his wife) have given us.”
Aurora Garza said of her husband, “Cookie loved jazz music, loved the jazz program, loved (A&M-Kingsville’s) students and loved the university.”

All events take place in Jones Auditorium on the A&M-Kingsville campus and are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, March 23
3:40-6:35 p.m. Middle school jazz band competition

7 p.m. Concert - Texas A&M-Kingsville Jazz Band III - Awards presentation for the day’s competition

Saturday, March 24
8 a.m.-11:55 a.m. - High school jazz band competitio

noon-1 p.m.Jazz clinic with Wayne Bergeron, Bellamah Music Building Recital Hall

1:15-6 p.m.  High school jazz band competition

7 p.m. - Concert featuring Wayne Bergeron with Jazz Band I - Jazz Band II - Awards presentation for the day’s competition

Admission-$10; Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 361-593-2803 or at the door

Schools competing at the 40th Annual Texas A&M-Kingsville Jazz Festival include:

Alamo: PSJA Memorial High School
Corpus Christi: Tuloso-Midway High School
Eagle Pass: Eagle Pass High School
Edinburg: Edinburg High School
Harlingen: Coakley Middle School, Gutierrez Middle School, Harlingen High School, Harlingen South High School, Memorial Middle School, Vernon Middle School
Kingsville: Memorial Middle School, H.M. King High School
Laredo: United High School
Leander: Cedar Park High School
McAllen: Nikki Rowe High School
Pharr: PSJA North High School
Robstown: Robstown High School
San Antonio: Woodlake Hills Middle School, Churchill High School
Weslaco: Weslaco East High School, Weslaco High School

For more information on the 40th Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival, call 361-593-2803.

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