Desperately seeking an update!

Hello all and welcome to the UMass Trumpet Studio website. Unfortunately, it has not been updated in a very long time, so here are just a few items of interest in recent years. 

First of all, we have had a plethora of wonderful guests coming through including Stephen Burns, Fred Holmgren, Mark Reese, Vince DiMartino,

Vince DiMartino w/Doug Amos

and most notably, the 2015-16 academic year featured a day long residency with Doc Severinsen and a week long residency with Charles Schlueter (retired BSO principal trumpet). 

Doc Severinsen and Charles Schlueter



The trumpet studio continues to distinguish itself. In 2014 the UMass Trumpet Ensemble took 4th place at the National Trumpet Competition and accompanied Eric to perform at the Schagerl International Brass Festival in Melk, Austria.  To celebrate, Eric commissioned composer James Stephenson to write a new work “Unplugged” which they premiered at the following year’s NTC. 

UMass Trumpet Studio alumni Andrew Stetson, Alex Lee-Clark and Tom Bergeron have given wonderful performances and masterclasses. Alumni Gary Bernice was given UMass’ “Outstanding Young Alumni Award” for his incredible work at SciTech High School in Springfield. 

UMass Alumni Steve Felix, who took 2nd place in the NTC undergraduate division a few years ago, topped that with a win in the Graduate Division

Mahler 2 With Albany Symphony Orchestra – Andy Stetson, Tom Bergeron and Steve Felix

Several alumni have joined Eric in performances with the Albany Symphony and Boston Philharmonic Orchestra which is always a thrill for him. 

Verdi Requiem with Boston Philharmonic Doug Amos, Andy Stetson and Katie Driscoll


And, in case you hadn’t heard, the Eric’s recent solo recording with the UMass Wind Ensemble got a Grammy Nomination. It was a project featuring all works which Eric commissioned for trumpet and wind ensemble. The Stephen Paulus Concerto for Two Trumpets and Wind Ensemble was nominated for best contemporary composition. It is a thrill for all involved!

Mike Valerio

The studio is thriving and our alumni are out doing great work and performers and teachers. There is too much to say in this single post, but we hope to update this page with more detail about the great things going on in the future. 

Among all of the wonderful news, our family suffered a severe loss last May. One of our own left us far too young. Mike Valerio, you will be sorely missed. rest in peace. 

Welcome to a brand new year!

The UMASS Trumpet Studio is a point of pride for the entire university. Seen providing fanfares for special events, outreach to the community, leadership in our ensembles and national and international visibility in competition as soloists and ensembles, I am so lucky to work with these incredible young musicians.

A few highlights from last year in the trumpet studio were:

  • UMASS Trumpet Ensemble Performed for the inauguration of the University’s new President, Robert Caret at the John F. Kennedy Library
  • UMASS Trumpet Ensemble Performed at the University Open House
  • Newly formed Pioneer Valley Trumpet Guild, A chapter of the International Trumpet Guild, Hosted TRUMPET DAY with special guest Vince DiMartino
  • Visit by Jazz Great Randy Brecker!
  • Visit by Center City Brass Quintet
  • Masterclass by Charles Schlueter
  • UMASS Trumpet Ensemble advanced to the Semi-Final round of the National Trumpet Competition performing Jeff Holmes “Sevens Realm”
  • Scott Nichols and Micah Maurio advanced to the semi-finals of the National Trumpet Competition as soloists.

The graduating class from fall 2011 and spring 2012 have already distinguished themselves with the following great new jobs:

  • Ann Dorgan – Stoughton Public Schools
  • John Mange – Director of Bands – Stoughton High School
  • Matt Sypek – Converse Middle School – Palmer
  • Korey Charles – East Falmouth and Teaticket Elementary Schools
In addition, Senior John Mange received the UMASS 21st Century Leadership Award, a campuswide award and incredible honor. Well deserved John!

Other recent grads recently got new positions as well

  • Tom Bergeron – Principal Trumpet, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Fellowship at the Carnegie Hall Academy
  • Justin Carlin – Music Director at Academy of Aerospace and Engineering
  • Fred Sienciewicz – Professor of Trumpet at Keene State College and Plymouth State College, NH
  • Matt Repucci – Melrose High School
Recent UMASS Grad Gary Bernice was honored for his incredible work developing an inner city music program from scratch by New England Public Radio, The Arts and Humanities Award

The upcoming year promises to be amazing as well with the completion of our CD of music for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble and much more.  Thanks for checking in and visit us often!