Bergantz was appointed music director of the San Jose Metropolitan
Band in 1991. Prior to that, Mr. Bergantz guest conducted the
South Valley Symphony, the San Jose Symphony Youth Orchestras,
the Glendale Symphony Youth Orchestra, and over sixty chamber
orchestra performances in Los Angeles. As a graduate student,
Mr. Bergantz studied conducting at the University of Southern
California with Maestro Daniel Lewis, the Institute of Orchestral
Conducting with Maestro Herbert Blomstedt, and the Chigiana
Music Festival in Siena, Italy, with Maestro Franco Ferrara.
As a free-lance trombonist
in the Bay Area, Mr. Bergantz performs regularly with the Oxford
Brass, several local symphonies and bands, and occasionally,
as a featured soloist with the SJMB.
As the music director
of the San Jose Metropolitan Band, Mr. Bergantz is known for
programming concerts that provide a little something for everyone:
Marches, Waltzes, Patriotic favorites, Big Band medleys, show
tunes, film scores, as well as standard Military and Concert
Band repertoire. The band's musical versatility makes each performance
a memorable experience.