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Collin College Presents the 19th Annual Jazz Fest

Featured guest is Grammy-nominated musician Wayne Bergeron

March 11, 2011 – Wayne Bergeron just performed on the Academy Awards, and now brings his Grammy-nominated talent to perform with Collin College’s Jaztet One, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band and Texas Instruments Jazz Band.

The 19th annual Collin College Jazz Festival is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 25-26 with performances starting at 8 p.m. on Friday in the John Anthony Theatre at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano and on Saturday at Plano East Senior High School, 3000 Los Rios Blvd. in Plano.

Tickets for the shows will be available at the door for $10.

Bergeron has worked on more than 300 TV and motion picture soundtracks, including Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Charlie St Cloud, 2012, Percy Jackson, Cats & Dogs, Surrogates, and many others.

In 1986, Bergeron landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band. He can be heard on Body & Soul, Big Bop Nouveau, Brass Attitude and The One & Only Maynard Ferguson.

Remarking on the talented trumpet player, Maynard Ferguson had this to say during a radio interview, “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve ever had on my band.”

Bergeron is also principal lead trumpet for Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, one of the most exciting large jazz ensembles on the planet. As a leader, he has released two records, You Call This A Living and Plays Well With Others.  Bergeron is also a national artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 26, about 30 high school bands from around the Metroplex will perform and receive ratings from judges. A schedule of events will be available on campus this day. The daytime events are free and open to the public.

The Friday evening performance will feature Bergeron with Collin College's Jaztet One and the Texas Instruments Jazz Band and the Saturday evening performance will feature Bergeron with Collin College’s Latin Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band.

For more information, e-mail Kris Berg, professor of music, at kberg@collin.edu or call him at 972.881.5108.

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