Jazz chamber music recording artist
Springfield Symphony - Principal Trumpet
Atlantic Brass Quintet
A trumpeter, composer, producer, and educator known for excelling in both the jazz and classical realms, Thomas Bergeron exemplifies a new breed of 21st century artists.
Thomas's latest jazz chamber music album "Sacred Feast" interprets the music of Olivier Messiaen and features the vocalist Becca Stevens. His debut jazz recording "The First of All My Dreams" took inspiration from Debussy's piano music. In addition to his hybrid jazz chamber ensemble, Thomas is a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet and principal trumpet with the Springfield Symphony. He recently concluded a 2-year residency at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble ACJW, and has performed with Vampire Weekend, The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The American Symphony, The Temptations, Idina Menzel, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, and the Radio City Christmas Orchestra, among others. His network television appearances include Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and CBS This Morning.
As an educator, Thomas is dedicated to sharing music in communities that would not otherwise be able to access it. He currently teaches inmates at Sing Sing Maximum Security Correctional Facility through Musicambia, and is an educational consultant for The Harmony Program in New York City. Thomas has held teaching positions at Williams College, Bennington College, Yale, and Amherst College. He holds two advanced degrees from Yale, where he won the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and received the John Swallow Award for excellence in brass playing. He also holds a business management degree from UMass Amherst.
Thomas performs on an Bach Artisan Stradivarius Bb trumpet, a Stradivarius "Chicago" Model C trumpet, and a Bach Artisan Eb/D trumpet (long bell model).