Alumni Achievement

See what some of our recent studio alumni have been doing since they graduated!

Big kudos to Gary Bernice for receiving NEPRs Arts and Humanities Award! More details 

UMASS Alum Mike Keough led his King Philip Middle School Band in Symphony Hall at the 2011 All-State Conference. Check it out here

Incredible work by James Verdone and Gary Bernice for winning the 2011 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award. That two out of the five winners were from the UMASS Trumpet Studio is incredible! More Details

Tom Bergeron was awarded a fellowship as performer and teacher at the Carnegie Hall Academy. More details Along with his recent winning of the Principal Trumpet chair in the Springfield Symphony and solo debut jazz album, he is on fire. See below:

  • Tom Bergeron
    • Principal Trumpet, Springfield Symphony Orchestra; Faculty – Williams College; recording artist.
  • Fred Sienkiewicz
    • Freelancer; member, Haffner Sinfonietta; member, Neponset Valley Philharmonic; adjunct faculty, Gordon College, Keene State College and Plymouth State College.
  • Nick Borges
    • Freelancer; member of The Primate Fiasco.
  • Jesse Hazzard-Watkins
    • Washington D.C. performer and teacher; member of Elixir contra-dance band.
  • Joseph Heffernan
    • Educational Representative, Music & Arts Centers; member of cover band MAGNUS.
  • Doug Lepisto
    • Music Teacher at Gardner High School – teaching marching band, concert band, jazz band, AP Music Theory, beginning piano.
  • James Verdone
    • Music Director, Northbridge High School.
  • Alex Lee-Clark
    • Director of Bands, Galvin Middle School (Canton, MA); freelancer; recording artist; leader/writer/arranger, B3 Big Band (Boston, MA)