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Mark Berney

  • Artist/Teacher in Jazz Trumpet
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2431
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  • Mailing Address: Department of Music
    Fine Arts Center
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Trumpeter Mark Berney enjoys performing in a diverse range of musical styles including jazz, rock, ska, klezmer, and classical.

While still attending the University of Oregon, he performed under the batons of Marin Alsop and Helmuth Rilling and appears on the platinum album, Zoot Suit Riot: The Swingin ‘ Hits of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.

Berney is cornetist for the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He has recorded two albums with them on Rounder Records, including A Taste of Paradise (2003) and Dance Me to the End of Love (2000), which received five stars from Downbeat magazine. He has toured with violinist Itzhak Perlman, collaborated with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, appeared on CBS, Fox, and PBS, and performed concerts in prestigious venues including the Lincoln Center and Hollywood Bowl.

In 1999, Berney began his association with the Grammy-nominated Skatalites. He recorded on their 2000 release, Bashaka, and has toured with them across the U.S., Canada, U.K., Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia, Finland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Jamaica. He has performed with Aretha Franklin and toured with Grammy nominee Mighty Sam McClain, Chandler Travis Philharmonic and performed at Jamaica’s first blues festival with Toni Lynn Washington in 2002. He appears on recordings with Babaloo, Cha Cha Cha Allstars, Pressure Cooker, and Soul Shot.

Also committed to music education, Berney completed the Teacher Certification Program at URI in 2006 and is also a licensed kindergarten through grade 12 music educator in the state of Massachusetts.


Master of Music in trumpet performance, University of Rhode Island
Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance, University of Oregon

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