UNT professor Jason Bergman's award-winning CD inspired by alumni, colleagues

Jason Bergman (Photo by Jen Mabray)Jason Bergman, assistant professor of trumpet, received some inspiration from UNT alumni and faculty for his CD, The Lightning Fields, which earned the silver medal at this year's Global Music Awards.

The title piece was written by Grammy-winning composer Michael Daugherty ('76). "Song for a Friend," composed by trumpeter Kevin McKee, honors John Wacker ('08 D.M.A.), director of bands at Western State Colorado University, who died in a car accident.

McKee also wrote a piece inspired by Bergman's last name -- "The Adventures of Berg Man" -- which sounds like a soundtrack to an action movie.

Bergman recorded the album with Steven Harlos, professor of piano, and Nicholas Williams ('97, '04 M.M., '09 D.M.A.), assistant director of wind studies and conducting and director of UNT's Green Brigade Marching Band, who served as the sound engineer.

"It wouldn't have been possible without their collaboration and very hard work," Bergman says.

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