New Students



Jeri DiMarco pianoMichael Treni | Charlie Sarling | Steve Davis | Vinnie Cutro | Joshua Bruneau | Glendon Ingalls | Jeri DiMarco Bergonzi | Ben Sher | Byron Siegal | Guest Artists

Michael Treni

miketreni2Michael Treni grew up in Hamden, CT, and Falmouth, Maine during which time he studied trombone with Sonny Costanza, Don Doane, and later, Phil Wilson in Boston. At the first New England High School Jazz Festival in 1969, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston but chose instead to attend the University of Miami following his graduation from Falmouth High School. Though only in his sophomore year, Michael was invited to join the Jazz department teaching staff; directing the All-Miami Youth Jazz Band and other undergraduate ensembles, and teaching jazz improvisation until his graduation in 1975.

While at the university, Treni formed the band Kaleidoscope with classmates Pat Metheny (guitar), Danny Gottlieb (percussion), and three members of the Jazz department faculty, Dan Hearle (piano), Whit Sidener (woodwinds), and Don Coffman (bass). The group was among the first to experiment with infusing elements of rock music styles and electronic effects into mainstream Jazz and its influences can be heard in the music of the early Pat Metheny Group.

While in Miami, Treni also played regularly with Jaco Pastorius, Jerry Coker and Ira Sullivan; performed in Florida with The Tonight Show Orchestra; and backed Paul Anka, Sammy Davis, Ann Margaret, Tom Jones and other entertainers performing in Miami Beach. Following his undergraduate work, Treni completed the course work for a master’s degree in Theory & Composition, but before finishing his thesis he moved to Boston to join the faculty of the Berklee College of Music.

At Berklee, Michael taught arranging, theory, and trombone. After one year he decided to move to New York to be a part of the New York jazz scene. There he worked with other up and coming players including Chuck Loeb, Tom Harrell, John McNeil, and Bobby Watson, and formed a 13-piece ensemble, Jazz Horizons Orchestra, as a vehicle to showcase his arranging skills. After missing a chance to tour with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers in 1980, Michael turned his attention to commercial arranging, composing and arranging for jingles, recordings, singers, and film.

In 1985, Michael left the music business to start Conference-Mate Systems, a technology company specializing in the design and manufacture of wireless hearing assistance, secure audio, and language interpretation systems. Michael holds two U.S. patents and his equipment has been used in courtrooms and corporate conference rooms around the world.
After retiring from his business in 1998, Michael returned to teaching as an elementary school band director, and began writing and playing the trombone again. Since that time he has written and produced (in an ill-fated Broadway attempt) the musical America: Land of Opportunity, recorded 4 critically acclaimed jazz CDs; Detour (2007), Turnaround (2010), Boys’ Night Out (2012), and Pop-Culture Blues (2013), and authored dozens of works for concert band and chorus, including the 5-volume series Complete Year of Band, a library of elementary and middle school band arrangements on CD-ROM.

Michael retired from teaching in the fall of 2010 to devote full time to writing and recording. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), a voting member of NARAS (the Grammy Awards), and The Dramatists Guild of America.

Charlie Sarling – Trumpet, Director Big Band

Charlie SarlingCharles Sarling taught for 38 years in the Brentwood Public School District. He directed the Freshmen Center Wind Ensemble, High School One O’Clock Jazz Ensemble, and also the musical director for the High School Pit Orchestra. Mr. Sarling’s Wind and Jazz ensembles have performed and received top honors at festivals such as the NFA Jazz Invitational in Connecticut, the Dixie Classic in Virginia, as well as festivals in Kutztown, Pa., Hershey, Pa., and Toronto, Canada, and in Massachusetts as well.

For the past 20 years, Mr. Sarling has been the guest conductor for various County Festivals(NMEA, SCMEA, and HMEA), on Long Island. He has also been the guest artist/clinician for many High School Jazz Programs across Long Island, most recently, Miller Place, New York.

Mr. Sarling is a certified New York State School Music Association adjudicator for bands and orchestras, as well as an All-State jazz adjudicator. He is currently the New York All-State Chairperson for the All-State Jazz Ensembles until 2017. For the past 5 years, he has also been part of the selection committee for the All-State Jazz Ensemble.

Mr. Sarling is currently the Jazz Ensemble Director at Dowling College in Oakdale. He also performs with various jazz ensembles, as well as Club Bands at many of the venues across Long Island and New York City.

He has also been with Jazz Vermont since 2001 and has had an awesome musical experience working with all the fine musicians and unbelievable staff at Jazz Vermont.

Steve Davis – Trombone

Steve DavisSteve Davis is widely regarded as one of today’s leading improvisers on the trombone.  His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition during the 1990’s while working with the bands of jazz legends Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea’s Origin and the cooperative sextet, One For All. Steve has appeared in Downbeat Magazine’s Reader’s and Critic’s Polls numerous times, winning the TDWR (Risng Star) Trombone Category in 1998.  Steve was also recently nominated by The JJA as 2010 Trombonist of the Year.

Born in Worcester, MA in 1967, Steve was raised in Binghamton, NY and graduated in 1989 from The Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute (University of Hartford, CT).  It was Mc Lean’s guidance and recommendation that helped Davis land his first major gig with Art Blakey in NYC in Dec 1989.  Returning to Hartford in 1992, Davis joined Mc Lean’s sextet and begin teaching alongside his mentor at both the Hartt School and Artist’s Collective. Steve has resided in Hartford ever since.

In recent years, Steve has been leading his own bands with more frequency including an all-star quartet featuring renowned pianist and frequent collaborator Larry Willis (Alone Together/Mapleshade 2006) and his exciting, new OUTLOOK QUINTET featuring rising stars Mike DiRubbo (alto sax), David Bryant (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Eric McPherson (drums).

Vinnie Cutro – Trumpet, Director Nonet

VinnieCutroVinnie Cutro, born in New Jersey in 1953, received his formal musical training throughout the years and continued his education at New Jersey University where he received his B.A in Music Education. Then his working education began as a freelance musician in the New York Area. He later continued his education at New York University where he received his Masters in Jazz Performance. There he furthered his studies in jazz composition, classical studies, jazz arranging and counterpoint with Dr. Tom Boras and Jim McNeely.

During the past 30 years Vinnie Cutro has performed with noted jazz greats such as HORACE SILVER, BUDDY RICH and LIONEL HAMPTON. He has traveled extensively throughout the world appearing at jazz festivals and concerts in Europe, Japan, Africa, Canada, South America and the U.S.A.. As a member of the Lionel Hampton Quintet, he performed guest appearances with various symphonic orchestras in the U.S.A such as the Colombus Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony. As a freelance musician, he has had the opportunity to work with artists such as: Aretha Franklin, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Mike Stern, Billy Hart, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, Ray Charles, Blood Sweat And Tears, Jim McNeely, Mike Richmond, Jay Anderson, Arturo O’Farrel Orchestra, The Mel Lewis Orchestra, Jimmy McGriff, Machito Orchestra, Xavier Cugot Orchestra, Mel Torme, Bernard Perde, Barry Manilow, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Al Kooper, Donald Fagen, Diane Moser’s – Jazz Composers Orchestra The Spirit Of Life Ensemble, Mike Treni – Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra, Mark Egan and the Mike Longo Orchestra.

Joshua Bruneau – Trumpet

jbruneauJoshua Bruneau was born June 23, 1988 in Waterbury Center, Vermont. While growing up, Josh was frequently found on the baseball field. After seeing a Time Life commercial, he was instantly drawn to classical music. Josh asked for classical tapes and records by composers like Bach, Mozart, and Chopin. His life took a dramatic turn when he was introduced to the trumpet and subsequently, jazz.

Josh began to study the art of music and taking trumpet lessons when he 10 years old. These formative years proved very important as Josh discovered many recordings of musicians such as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker. He immediately fell in love with these musicians and made a conscious decision to try to emulate these people’s playing. He started forming his own groups and playing locally from a young age. He was soon traveling with a local big band. He honed his skills all through high school at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury, Vermont.

In the fall of 2006, Josh began his studies at the Jackie McLean Institute at the Hartt School. Josh was introduced to his two most important mentors, Nat Reeves and Steve Davis. He immediately started gigging around the Hartford area with local musicians and fellow students. Josh received the opportunity to travel to Ireland with Nat in his freshman year. Ever since, Josh has been playing with his instructors, Nat and Steve, on a regular basis. That same year he played with Nat, Steve, Eric McPherson, Alan Palmer, and Jovan Alexandre opening for Dionne Warwick.

Because of his established relationship with his two mentors, Josh now frequents New York City to perform at world famous Jazz clubs such as Smoke and Smalls. September 2011 he played at the Detroit Jazz festival with another of his great mentors, Curtis Fuller. He has also shared the stage with artists such as Harold Mabern, Mike LeDonne, Eric Alexander, Joe Farnsworth, Carl Allen, John Webber, Ken Fowser, and Larry Willis to name a few.

Now with the 2014 release of his debut album as a leader, Bright Idea (Cellar Live), Josh continues to look forward musically and push himself and his colleagues further.

Glendon Ingalls

Glendon Ingalls is a multi instrumentalist (trumpet, electric and string basses, sousaphone) who has held band directing positions in Vermont schools in the Windsor N.W. S.U. , Barre Town School, Spaulding High School (Director of Jazz Studies) and in Rutland Town Schools. He has served as an instructor and conductor at camps including Jazz Vermont, the Vermont Summer Jazz Camp, and the Rutland Town School Friends of Music Summer Jazz Camp (founder and director). He has been invited to be and served as guest conductor and clinician at a wide variety of festivals and conferences in northern New England and New York state for groups under the auspices of state music educator associations. Mr. Ingalls is also a 2 time past president of the Vermont Jazz Educator’s Association. Collegiate appointments have been trumpet and brass methods instructor at Johnson State College, and trumpet and bass associated artist/instructor at Middlebury College. He has extensive recording, teaching, and performing experience with a wide variety of artists in pop and jazz music fields and performs regularly in the northeastern U.S. In 2001 he was invited to perform in Yaroslavl Russia at their international jazz festival. He is fluent as a trumpet player in a wide variety of styles, and enjoys teaching improvisation, jazz, and funk styles, as well as classical literature and technique. Glendon has a busy teaching and performance schedule on string basses in a wide variety of settings and is an early jazz specialist on the sousaphone. Post graduation from the University of Vermont he has studied privately including with teachers Charles Schleuter (former principal trumpet in the Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Louis Kosma (bassist Metropolitan Opera). In addition to teaching at the above listed institutions, he maintains a private teaching studio in Rutland Vermont.(Ingalls Music Studio)

Jeri DiMarco Bergonzi – Piano

Jeri DiMarco piano
Jeri grew up singing the songs of her beloved Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell while listening to the progressive rock bands of the1970’s. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in literature and philosophy, she decided to get serious about her piano playing. She studied jazz improvisation with the legendary Charlie Banacos and followed her newly found career path, playing and singing in clubs and hotel venues in Boston. Stints with Top 40 dance bands, GB groups and solo piano tours in Europe helped pay the rent while she honed her jazz skills.

Today, Jeri’s repertoire spans the jazz tradition from the standards of Porter, Gershwin, and Ellington to the contemporary sounds of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner. Jeri has appeared at numerous Boston jazz venues including Turner Fisheries at the Weston Hotel, the Oak Bar at the Copley Plaza, the Bay Tower Room, Scullers Jazz Club, Toff’’s Lounge at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Marriott Hotels at Copley and Longwharf, the Ritz Carlton and the Hyatt Regency. She has also performed at New England jazz venues such as The Press Room, Mechanics Hall, Berklee Performance Center, Ryles, and the1369 Jazz Club. She has played abroad at The Presidente Hotel in Helsinki, The Grand Hotel in Stockholm and the Viking Line Cruise Ship, to name a few. Most recently you were most likely to catch her performing with her jazz vocal trio or playing at the Top of the Hub with Tony Carelli’s quintet which features two horn charts from the memorable Blue Note years.

Jeri brings 25 years of experience teaching piano, harmony, improvisation, and singing to JazzVermont. Married to the camp’s guest artist Jerry Bergonzi, she has worked with her husband editing his book series titled Inside Improvisation, published by Advance Music. The series describes practical methods and approaches for developing improvisational skills. The titles in the series include Melodic Structures, Pentatonics, Jazz Line, Melodic Rhythms, Thesaurus of Intervallic Melodies, Developing a Jazz Language and Hexatonics.

Ben Sher – Guitar, Director Latin Combo

bensher2Ben Sher is a unique jazz guitarist. Fluent in the classic jazz tradition of Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, and George Benson, Ben also draws from the rich Brazilian guitar tradition of Baden Powell, Raphael Rabello and João Gilberto. Ben combines standard jazz plectrum technique, with classical fingerstyle, to create a wide range of sounds and textures. Ben’s unique blend of American jazz and Brazilian styles has made him one of the leading educators and performers in jazz guitar today.

A twelve year veteran of the New York music scene, Ben is originally from Pittsburgh where he received his B.A. in Music from Carnegie-Mellon University, while studying with the great Brazilian classical guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Ben relocated to Boston in 1984 where he studied with Mick Goodrick, receiving a Master’s degree in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory in 1986. Before leaving Boston, Ben appeared on two recordings, Jumpin’ Into the Future, by Gunther Schuller, and Lookin’ Up From Down Below, by George Schuller, both on the GRM label. Ben also recorded and performed with the Boston Jazz Composer’s Orchestra.

Ben’s first solo recording, Handprints, released in 1994 on Cymbal Records, received rave reviews. Handprints, which features Bruce Barth on piano, Dennis Irwin on bass, Mike Clark on drums and the late great Frankie Malabe on congas, is a Latin influenced jazz record.

In 1996, Ben toured Brazil with a production of the rock opera “Tommy” It was on this trip that Ben’s infatuation with Brazilian music began. Ben had a chance to play with many of the great local musicians and recorded a track for the Brazilian singer Oswaldo Montenegro, which was produced by the great bossanova legend Roberto Menescal and later released on the CD Letras Brasileiras on Albatroz Records.

After returning from Brazil, Ben recorded Tudo Bem?, a Brazilian jazz record for BGI Records, and formed the group by the same name. TudoBem has toured in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and in 1999 performed at the Blue Note for a month-long engagement in Fukuoka, Japan. Please Take Me to Brasil, featuring Kenny Barron and Luciana Souza, was released in 2000. The CD has received rave reviews and is in rotation in major radio stations including WBGO in New York, and WERS in Boston. Ben performs music from his CD’s at many venues, including the Worldbeat Jazz Festival at the Guggenheim and the Blue Note jazz club in New York. Currently, Ben is an Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he teaches courses in Brazilian guitar style and private guitar instruction, and at the New England Conservatory, where he leads a Brazilian jazz ensemble. His “Brazilian Guitar Style Seminar” is offered every summer at the National Guitar Workshop. He has presented workshops at UNC Asheville, Appalachia State, UNC Charlotte and the College of New Jersey. Ben has also developed a course called “Fretboard Harmony” which is a comprehensive study for beginning jazz guitarists. Ben is also busy as a sideman.He is a member of “Ballin’ The Jack” a group which has two recordings on Knitting Factory Works; Jungle and The Big Head, and has performed at the North Sea and Marsala Jazz Festivals, the Jazz and Image Festival in Rome, and most recently the Berlin Jazz Festival. He has toured the world with cabaret star Ute Lemper, recorded for Philip Glass’s Point Record label and performed with the Miles Evans Big Band.

Byron Siegal – Program Director

byronbiowebByron Siegal started the clarinet at the age of 9 in the May Street Elementary School program in Worcester, MA. Went on to add Tenor sax at age 12 and in High School played in the Worcester Community Jazz Ensemble and the Worcester City Jazz Ensemble along with his brother pianist, Donald Siegal. At NYU he joined the New York University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of saxophonist Dave Liebman (yes, the Dave Liebman who played with Miles Davis). After an hiatus of 12 years he started law school, joined the South Royalton, VT community band and in his second year of law school started the Vermont Law School Community Jazz Ensemble which he directed for two years. In 1985, Jazz Vermont was born and has run continuously since then. In 2014 the name of the camp was changed to Jazz Camp to match the company url: A note of interest: In 1996 when was selected there were 700 listings for “jazz” on Yahoo. Google didn’t exist. Now there are over 10’s of thousands of listings for jazz. Byron has been happy to be a part of bringing playing in the jazz community and bringing jazz to those who haven’t been able to experience it or experience playing it as much as they would like in their daily life.