Two concerts featuring percussion ensembles will be held at Temple College this spring.

On Thursday, April 27, the Temple College Beginning Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre, which is located in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center. The ensemble is directed by Norm Bergeron and the technical director is Michael Morris.

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Norm Bergeron

On Monday, May 1, Bergeron will give a recital of his own at 7:30 p.m. in the Backstage Theatre. Bergeron will be joined by a group of friends and musical colleagues that includes Don Cento on guitar, Mike Davis on bass, Jacob Duncan on alto saxophone, Art Hays on tenor saxophone, Mike McGinnis on clarinet and soprano saxophone, Little Jack Melody on vocals, and Dr. Ben Irom and Brad Williams on piano.

The recital will feature several pieces that Bergeron has composed, as well as pieces that his fellow performers have written.

Bergeron has served as Director of Percussion Studies at Temple College since 2011. He also maintains an active private lesson studio and is a regular in the Austin jazz scene.

Bergeron has performed live and/or in the studio with numerous artists including Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), Zappa Records artist Holland Greco, Joe McBride, Jeffrey Osbourne, Grover Washington Jr., Al Jarreau, Wayne Bergeron, Ernie Watts, Andy Timmons, Joey McIntyre, Brave Combo, Mingo Fishtrap, Sara Hickman and Steve Reich.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. For more information on these concerts and other events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, call 254-298-8555.