Wayne Bergeron (born January 16, 1958) is an American jazz trumpeter who was a member of Maynard Ferguson's band in the 1980s. As a lead and studio player, he is notable for his ability in the upper register of the instrument, as in his screaming trumpet work in the soundtrack for the 2004 Disney/Pixar animated movie The Incredibles. He is on faculty at the Los Angeles College of Music.[1]

Wayne Bergeron
Born (1958-01-16) January 16, 1958 (age 62)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
InstrumentsTrumpet, flugelhorn
Years active1980–present
Associated actsMaynard Ferguson, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band


Bergeron was born on January 16, 1958 in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in Los Angeles. His first instrument was the French horn, but in his early teens he switched to trumpet.[2] An accident in middle school caused him to chip his tooth. Some[who?] have suggested that the chip allowed him to blow more air through the horn and to play high notes easily. However, this has not been proven, as Bergeron has since had the tooth repaired without damage to his range. He is unsure what contributes to his ability.[3] Early on, he could play in a high register on the trumpet, a skill that takes most trumpeters years to develop. Bergeron has said that it was difficult for him to learn the trumpet because he played everything up two octaves. He could play a double high C (C7) before he could play low C (C4/middle C).

In 1986, he won the spot of lead trumpeter for Maynard Ferguson's band. He has recorded as a sideman for David Benoit, Rosemary Clooney, Neil Diamond, Julio Iglesias, and Jack Sheldon and contributed to the movies Despicable Me, Dreamgirls, Frozen, Rounders, Superman Returns, The Incredibles, and Toy Story 3.[2]

Bergeron has held the role of lead trumpet in Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band since the band was founded and has had two solo charts written for him: "Horn of Puente" from XXL and "Years of Therapy" from Life in the Bubble.[4]

His debut album as a solo musician was You Call This a Living? (2002), featuring the "Friend Like Me" arranged by Bill Liston. The album also features fellow Maynard Ferguson alumnus Peter Erskine on drums and Big Phat Band alumnus Eric Marienthal on saxophone. His next album, Plays Well with Others (2007), received critical acclaim and was nominated for a Grammy Award. The album features Maynard Ferguson in one of his last performances on the track "Maynard & Waynard".

In 2013, Bergeron designed his own range of trumpet mouthpieces.[5] He was initiated as National Honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity and a Signature Sinfonian at the National Convention in New Orleans in 2015.[6]

Bergeron has been working with British trumpeter Louis Dowdeswell. Together, Bergeron and Dowdeswell have recorded renditions of "The Incredibles Suite", and performed "Gonna fly now" at Trumpet party 2018.[citation needed]


  • You Call This a Living? (Wag, 2002)
  • Plays Well with Others (Concord Jazz, 2007)
  • Music & Mistletoe (Wag, 2008)
  • Trumpet Fiesta: A Celebration of Rafael Mendez (Summit, 2011)
  • Full Circle (Wayne Bergeron, 2016)[7]


  1. ^ "Brass and Woodwind Faculty". LACM.edu. LACM. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Collar, Matt. "Wayne Bergeron". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 9, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Silsbee, Kirk. "Jazz Departments: Wayne Bergeron: Steppin' Out - By Kirk Silsbee — Jazz Articles". Jazztimes.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Sinfonia.org". Sinfonia.org. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Wayne Bergeron | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 May 2017.