Welcome to berp & Company

Where we help musicians become better at what they do. We’re musicians ourselves, and our self-diagnostic tools are based on decades of teaching and performance experience, so we know they really work. It’s important to us that all of our musical accessories are produced locally, using sustainable and recycled materials. We’re proud to provide something of genuine value to our fellow performers—and to put part of our profits back into the music community. The more you know about us, the more we hope you’ll find that our business, like each of our products, is one of a kind. mario guarneri, president, berp & company

Mario Guarneri, president and founder

Mario has done everything from playing Dixieland with Louis Armstrong at the age of thirteen to performing in the Los Angeles Philharmonic for fifteen seasons under conductors Zubin Mehta and Carlo Maria Giulini. He was principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for a decade, toured Europe with the Los Angeles Brass Quintet, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and even the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

In addition to his solo albums on the Crystal and Nonesuch labels, one of which was nominated for the Prix de Rome, Mario has played on hundreds of television and motion picture soundtracks, and was a featured soloist for movies like Lonesome Dove and Godfather III.

Mario has taught trumpet for more than twenty-five years, including master classes in Asia and Europe, and is currently an instructor at the San Francisco Conservatory. He performs and records regularly with his jazz quartet in the San Francisco area, and has established a worldwide reputation as a creative musician of the highest level.

In 1986, he developed the Buzz Extension and Resistance Piece (B.E.R.P.) for all brass instruments. The berp turned out to be a dynamic advancement in brass pedagogy. Since then, Mario’s lectured extensively on the berp concept at music conventions across the country, including the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, Texas Music Educators Association, the International Trumpet Guild, and New York Brass Conference.