By Will Ranos/Sports Editor
In one of the semester’s final concerts, the LBCC Auditorium will host the LBCC Jazz Big Band featuring trumpeter Wayne Bergeron on Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Director Patrick Sheng said, “It is really cool for us to have Wayne here because he is seriously one of the most sought-out session players in the entire world. I went to a high school this morning and I said, ‘How many of you guys know who Wayne Bergeron is?’ Everyone in the band knew who it was, so that’s a cool thing.”
Bergeron, an LBCC alumnus and Long Beach native, mentioned he had not been back to the school in a long time.
The trumpeter said, “I was excited when Pat talked to me about it. I’m looking forward to the event and hopefully there’s a good crowd. I’m curious to see what the band is like now.”
Bergeron has a vast list of musical accomplishments. His CD credits include Ray Charles, Earth Wind and Fire, Green Day and Beyoncé. The LBCC alum has also worked on more than 300 TV and motion picture soundtracks and has had trumpet solos on motion pictures like “The Mask,” “Rocky Balboa,” “The Incredibles,” and others. Bergeron also earned a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble with his first solo project “You Call This a Living?” The trumpeter has many more accomplishments.
Sheng said, “It means a lot to me because Wayne was an LBCC student and was playing in the band when George Shaw ran it. So it’s kind of cool to make that full circle. It’s my first year here so it’s nice to have a connection to the old guard.”
Tickets can be purchased either online or at the door one hour before performance. General admission tickets are $10 online and $12 at the door with student, employee and senior citizens tickets at $5 online and $7 at the door. High school students can get in for free with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at lbcc.edu/mrtv