Trumpet Day 2011

Are you ready for TRUMPET DAY 2011?
See the brochure HERE!
All high school, middle school, and college trumpet players (as well as their teachers and parents) are invited to join the UMass Trumpet Studio and our guest artists on Saturday, October 1st, 2011 for a day of recitals, concerts, clinics, and help with Massachusetts Senior District and All-State solo repertoire!

Joining Professor of Trumpet Eric Berlin, Director of Jazz and African-American Studies Jeffrey Holmes and the UMass Trumpet Studio is internationally-renowned trumpet soloist and clinician Vince DiMartino.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to meet and work with these fantastic performers and teachers! Advance registration is $30 and must be received by September 26th. Day-of registration is $35. Teachers bringing two or more students and parents accompanying their son or daughter 16 or under will be admitted FREE OF CHARGE!

Special thanks to Steve Shires and Yamaha for their generous support. Please visit the exhibit areas to try the newest designs from these great manufacturers.

Nick Borges

Year of Graduation: 2010

Degree: Bachelor of Music in Jazz & African-American Music Studies

What are you currently doing? Currently member of The Primate Fiasco and freelance gigging/recording on brass, voice and percussion.

What experiences from UMASS shaped your professional life? The professors are amazing performers and teachers. Many of them are close friends and will continue to help progress my career for years to come.

Joseph Heffernan

Year of Graduation: 2004

Degree: Bachelor of Music Education

What are you currently doing? I’m an Educational Representative for Music & Arts Centers, a full-line music products retailer with an emphasis on rentals. My main function is providing weekly service to school music programs; covering service, sales, repairs, and advocacy. I also continue to play part-time both free-lance and with my 10-piece cover-band MAGNUS.

What experiences from UMASS shaped your professional life? I feel that having a trumpet professor who is still an active performer and is dedicated to the advancement of new music for the trumpet provided me with a far deeper understanding of the performance world then I could appreciate at the time; but has since proven to be of tremendous value. (from a “real-world” business standpoint).

James Verdone

Year of Graduation Feb. 2009

Degree: Bachelor of Music Education

What are you currently doing? James Verdone has been the Music Director of Northbridge High School
since the fall of 2009. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in February 2009. In his short time at Northbridge, Mr. Verdone and his band have been featured in the February 2010 issue of “High School Today”, a publication of the National Federation of State High School Associations, for starting and continuing with school traditions. The Northbridge Band and Chorus both captured “Superior” honors in Mr. Verdone’s first year at the Musical Carousel Competition in May of 2010. This is the bands first “Superior” rating and the chorus’ first since 2006.

Fred Sienkiewicz

Year of Graduation: 2005

Degree: Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance (summa cum laude, Departmental Honors)

What are you currently doing? I’m currently a full-time, professional freelance musician and trumpet teacher in the greater Boston area. I’m a regular member of the Haffner Sinfonietta and the Neponset Valley Philharmonic and often get called to sub with the Cape Cod, Plymouth, New Bedford, and Nashua symphonies. Additionally, I have a steady stream of work playing shows, choral society concerts, and church services. As adjunct faculty at Gordon College I have a small studio of music majors and in the past year have both given a full faculty recital and performed the Arutunian Concerto with the Gordon Wind Ensemble. I also teach lessons in the Lincoln, Concord, and Shrewsbury lesson programs and have a combined studio of over 30 students. This October I celebrated my 1-year wedding anniversary with my wonderful wife (and talented Horn player), Kristen, and together we ran the Bar Harbor marathon.

What experiences from UMASS shaped your professional life? UMASS was perhaps the best possible place for me to do my undergraduate work. The small and close-knit music department allowed me to develop as a musician in a nurturing and safe environment, but also provided me with enough high-quality musical interaction to launch me off to graduate work at the New England Conservatory and a career as a professional performing and teaching musician. I am happy to say that I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for Eric Berlin’s patient guidance, insightful teaching methods, and outstanding personal example of commitment to musical integrity and hard work. Eric was the right teacher for me at the right time and I am forever grateful for the many long and selfless hours he devoted to my lessons (which often ran 2 hours!) while I was studying at UMASS. Thank you, Eric!

Tom Bergeron

Year of Graduation: 2003

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Business Management; Minor in Music (Yale School of Music: M.M. ’08, A.D. ’09 Trumpet Performance)

What are you currently doing? Currently based out of New York City, I’m freelancing as a classical, jazz, and commercial player across New England. I’m a member of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra for the 2010 season, serve as Director of Brass Chamber Music and Studio Instructor of Trumpet at Williams College, and I was recently appointed Principal Trumpet with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. My debut album “The First of All My Dreams”, which features interpretive arrangements of Debussy Piano Preludes for a jazz quintet, will be coming out soon. I’ve wrapped up production and am currently in talks with labels.

What experiences from UMASS shaped your professional life? At UMass, I was lucky enough to study with 3 different fantastic trumpet teachers in just three years (Walter Chesnut, Jeff Luke, and Eric Berlin). I was also given the opportunity to play in a wide variety of ensembles, both jazz and classical. The experiences from my time there have proven to be very valuable as I navigate the professional seas.

Doug Lepisto

Year of Graduation: 2005

Degree: Bachelor of Music Education

What are you currently doing? I am currently in my sixth year teaching music at Gardner High School in Gardner, MA. My responsibilities include Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, AP Music Theory, and Beginning Piano classes. I have also served as the musical director for the school’s annual spring musical for the past four years. This year I am also serving as the Senior Class Advisor.

What experiences from UMASS shaped your professional life? The education and skills I learned through my classes and ensemble experiences at UMass helped shape who I am as a teacher and musician today. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t see how my teaching has been influenced by my time and experience at UMass.

Jesse Hazzard-Watkins

Year of Graduation: Spring 2007

Degree: Master of Music; also holds a bachelor’s degree from the Ithaca College School of Music in Music Education and Performance

What are you currently doing? Jesse spends much of his time teaching and performing in the DC area. He currently teaches private students and works with schools running sectionals around Northern Virginia and performs freelance gigs in the DC area. He also travels extensively with the exciting and high-energy contra-dance band Elixir. The band recently released their second album called Rampant. It has 12 tracks of daring acoustic music that blends genres from French Canadian Fiddle tunes to classic songs in a wild ride of musical goodness.