Wayne Bergeron came to the attention of the jazz world when he landed the lead trumpet chair with Maynard Ferguson's band in 1986. Since then, he has recorded with scores of jazz and pop musicians including Ray Charles, Beyoncé, Barbara Streisand, Seth MacFarlane, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Seal, Tito Puente, Dianne Reeves, and Green Day, among others.
His passion for big bands has led to his inclusion in some of Los Angeles' most well-respected bands. He has recorded and played with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Chris Walden, Tom Kubis, John La Barbara, Bob Florence, Ray Anthony, Bill Watrous, Bob Curnow, and more recently Vince Mendoza's re-creation of the Gil Evans/Miles Davis recordings featuring Terance Blanchard and Sean Jones. Bergeron's first solo effort, "You Call This a Living?" earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble.
In addition, he serves on the faculty at California State University Northridge and has worked on over 350 TV & motion picture soundtracks. John Brown directs the Duke Jazz Ensemble. The Duke Djembe and Afro Cuban Ensembles are directed by Bradley Simmons.