A respected trumpeter, composer/arranger, and music educator in both the classical and jazz idioms, Thomas Bergeron is part a new breed of emerging 21st century artists. His playing has been heard in the greatest concert halls and recording studios across North America, Europe, and Asia with symphony orchestras, jazz groups, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist. Critics called Thomas’ debut jazz album, based on the piano music of Claude Debussy, “a first class listening record” that “invites extended listening”.
Thomas currently holds principal trumpet positions with the Springfield Symphony and the Berkshire Symphony and teaches trumpet at Williams College. He can be heard on the Naxos, Bridge, Daywood Drive, Koch, and Helicon record labels. As an educator, Thomas presents frequent masterclasses in public and private schools throughout the Northeast, has held positions at Amherst College, Bennington College, and Deerfield Academy, and created the Music and Creative Writing program in New Haven, CT’s inner-city schools. He holds two degrees from Yale, where he won the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and received the John Swallow Award for excellence in brass playing, and also holds a business management degree from UMass Amherst.
A strong advocate of the progressive new music movement, Thomas has commissioned and premiered numerous pieces and co-founded of the Reveille Trumpet Collective, which holds an annual competition for trumpet compositions.