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The three-day event was organized by trumpet professor Jason Bergman and graduate student Arjang Abrarpour

Trumpet legend Doc Severinsen will perform with BYU’s Synthesis on Feb. 1. (Courtesy of Jason Bergman)

Doc Severinsen, Sean Jones, Phil Smith and other trumpet virtuosos, teachers, students and aficionados will gather at BYU for the School of Music’s Trumpet Festival Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The event serves as an opportunity to develop and strengthen the trumpet community in the region and to showcase some of the most influential musicians in the instrument’s history. 

“Special events that bring the community together can really help inspire students and educators,” said BYU trumpet professor Jason Bergman. “The ability to bring in trumpet heroes of this caliber allows us to learn in a unique way beyond what we teach in the classroom. It would be the equivalent of the BYU football team having a special camp and bringing in 10 NFL players — most of whom are Hall of Famers.”

The Trumpet Festival is the first of its kind on campus and will feature workshops, masterclasses, exhibitors, concerts and a competition for high school and college students. Together with Bergman, master’s student Arjang Abrarpour headed up the three-day event through a graduate mentoring grant.

“When I was talking to Dr. Bergman about coming to school at BYU, he gave me some ideas for projects I could do during my time here,” said Abrarpour. “I liked the idea of hosting a large event, and the grant allowed us to expand the festival to the broader trumpet community.” 

Registrants for the festival will travel to Utah from over a dozen states and represent a wide range of ages and levels of experience.

“The size and the scope of the festival is unique,” said Bergman. “I hope participants are inspired to work hard and see what they can do in the future. Getting to hear some of the best trumpet players in the world perform in person and work with them in classes can really set students up to be energized in their own work.” 

Campus and community audiences are invited to attend various free concerts throughout the festival.

Bergman and Abrarpour hope that campus and community audiences outside of the brass world will join the participants at various free concerts throughout the festival, including BYU big band Synthesis with Doc Severinsen and Sean Jones in the de Jong Concert Hall on Feb. 1.

“I want audiences to feel like they’ve heard something memorable,” said Abrarpour. “I’m excited to have our guests come and really show us how it’s supposed to be done.”

The Trumpet Festival’s opening concert bears special significance for Bergman, as he will have the opportunity to showcase — and perform with — Abrarpour.

“It’s gratifying to be able to perform with one of your students who can play at a high professional level,” said Bergman. “Collaboration is one of the things about music that’s really special, and this is experiential learning at its root. It’s also a great opportunity for Arjang to be featured in front of our guests and community.”

“I’m really looking forward to playing with Dr. Bergman,” added Abrarpour. “This is going to be something that I’ll always remember.”

Visit byuarts.com for concert dates and details.

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