Hailed as one of New England's finest trumpeters, Mark Berney enjoys performing in a diverse range of musical styles including jazz, rock, ska, klezmer, and classical.
Berney is committed to music education. He is a licensed Music Educator in Massachusetts (K-12) and serves on the music faculty at University of Rhode Island. A multi-instrumentalist, he is also the owner of Music @ Mark's, providing private music instruction on trumpet, piano, and guitar in Sharon, MA.
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, Hollywood Bowl, and Carnegie Hall.
Berney has also toured and recorded with the Grammy-nominated Skatalites. He appears 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.