June 12, 2019

The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Music is excited to announce their second summer jazz camp to be held on campus June 24-28, 2019. Dr. Sarah Roberts, Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies, is the director of the UT Tyler Summer Jazz Camp. “Last year was our first summer to host the jazz camp and it was a huge success,” Roberts said, “therefore, we are expecting an even bigger event this year!” The camp is open to any student age 13 or older that has completed at least one-year of study on their instrument. There are still some spots available and discount codes for eligible students. If interested, please contact Dr. Roberts.

An active performer and pedagogue of jazz, Roberts is excited to share her love of the art with young musicians. She explains, “jazz is America’s music, however, it is not always taught in school band programs. I am excited to offer this unique learning experience to students that otherwise might not have the opportunity to learn jazz. By training the next generation of musicians in the ways of jazz we are ensuring the future and sustainability of the art.” Camp attendees will work with the UT faculty and professional instructors on a curriculum that includes jazz theory/arranging, improvisation, listening, and history; and will perform in large and small group settings. Students will also work with this year’s guest artist, Wayne Bergeron!

Wayne Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most sought-after musicians in the world. Studio sessions, film dates, international touring, jazz concerts, guest appearances, and clinics keep him busy not only in his hometown of Los Angeles, but worldwide.

Bergeron first caught the ear of many when he landed the lead trumpet chair with Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1986. Bergeron can be heard on Maynard’s recordings of “Body and Soul,” “Big Bop Nouveau,” “Brass Attitude,” and “The One and Only Maynard Ferguson.” Bergeron demonstrates daily why Maynard remarked, “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve had on my band.”

As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of recording credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day. Other names include Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble, The Dirty Loops, Seth MacFarlane, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Seal, Diana Krall, Tito Puente, Christina Aguilera, Dianne Reeves, Michael Bolton, Earth Wind & Fire, The Pussy Cat Dolls, My Chemical Romance, The Mars Volta, INXS, Chicago, Rosemary Cloony, Diane Schuur, Barry Manilow, Lee Ann Womack, Lou Rawls, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G., and David Benoit.

Bergeron has worked on over 400 TV & motion picture soundtracks. A partial list of film credits include The Incredibles 2, Wreck it Ralph 2, Crazy Rich Asians, The First, Smallfoot, The Predator, Sing, Moana, Frozen, Bridge of Spies, Get On Up, Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Planes, Despicable Me 1 & 2, Cars 2, High School Musical 3, Pink Panther 2, Marley & Me, Get Smart, Superman Returns, The Simpson’s Movie, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Mission Impossible 3, Ice Age 2, Spiderman 1 & 2, Team America, Catch Me if You Can, and South Park.
Bergeron’s featured trumpet solos can be heard on the motion pictures La La Land, Rough Night, Ted 2, Minions, Jersey Boys, The Incredibles, Rocky Balboa, The Green Hornet, The Interview, Smurfs 2, Despicable Me 2, Duplicity, Leather Heads, Princess & the Frog, The Perfect Game, High Crimes, Rounders, Fled, Hey Arnold (the movie), The Life Aquatic, The Rat Pack, Child Star, Illegal Tender, Aladdin King of Thieves, Foolproof, and Two Days in the Valley.
Numerous TV credits include Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, SAG Awards, NBC, ESPN & TNT sports themes, American Idol (2001-02), Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy’s, Family Guy, American Dad, Simpson’s, The Cleveland Show, Jeopardy, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Will and Grace, Green Eggs and Ham, Phineas & Ferb, Emperor’s New School, Mouse Works, Have a Laugh, House of Mouse, King of the Hill, Futurama, Buzz Lightyear, Hercules, Disney Mickey Mouse Shorts, and Hey Arnold.

Bergeron is a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and is co-designer of the YTR-8335LA trumpet and YFH-8315G Flugelhorn. Bergeron also designed a series of trumpet mouthpieces with Gary Radtke of GR Technologies that are available through Bergeron’s website:

The camp schedule includes three events open to the public.

Jazz Jam Meet & Greet with Wayne

Hosted by UT Tyler Jazz and True Vine Brewing Company, the Jazz Jam Meet & Greet will be a great event for the public to interact with camp guest artist, Wayne Bergeron. In addition local jazz group The Jazz Connection, will serve as the house band and attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam! The event will be held at True Vine Brewing Company from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, and a percentage of the evening’s sales will be donated to the UT Tyler Jazz Camp for future camps.

UT Tyler Faculty Jazz Concert featuring Wayne Bergeron

Featuring the UT Tyler Jazz Camp Faculty, the evening will be a night of big band music with special guest artist Wayne Bergeron! The concert will be Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. held in the Cowan Center’s Vaughn Auditorium on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler. The concert is FREE and open to the public.

UT Tyler Jazz Camper Concert

Jazz camp will conclude with a final performance of the jazz camp attendees! Join us for a fun concert featuring these talented young musicians. The final concert will be Friday, June 28, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts room FAC 1221 on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler.

For more information on the UT Tyler Jazz Camp and to register please visit and contact Dr. Roberts with any questions at