Max Hembd 

Office: MB-174 | 559-278-2654| mhembd@csufresno.edu

Max Hembd

A Central Valley native, Max returned to the Fresno/Clovis area after earning his BA and MM in Trumpet Performance at UCLA. Through his studies, Max's passion for music broadened to jazz, global music traditions and performance practices, and the continued innovations of digital music technology and audio production. While at UCLA he performed alongside jazz giants Wycliffe Gordon, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock, with pop/rock artists like Rilo Kiley and AJ McClean, musical theater greats Ryan Scott Oliver and Matthew Morrison, and for composers Derrick Spiva and Eric Ewazen. He has performed for the Monterey NextGen Festival with the UCLA Contemporary Jazz Large Ensemble under Kenny Burrell and Charlie Harrison, and in some of Los Angeles' premiere venues as a member of a grant-funded chamber ensemble. An award winning trumpeter, Max received third place in the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Instrumental Music Competition, and the Collaborator's Choice award, alongside two First Prize wins in the National Trumpet Competition Ensemble Division as part of the UCLA Trumpet Ensemble. 
Having worked for Apple during their peak years and product releases, then as the instrument technician for Fresno State, Max is now a member of the initial cohort accepted to the brand new Master's Degree in Music Production through the Berklee College of Music. He maintains an active performance schedule as a featured soloist with choirs and solo vocalists, an auxiliary member of the Tulare County Symphony and Fresno Philharmonic, a first-call trumpeter with a variety of jazz/pop/rock ensembles, and frequently engages in live-looped multi-instrumental solo performances for Art Hop and private events. He works part-time as a piano tuner, and is contracted with Fresno Steinway Piano Gallery. 
Max is a proud collaborator on Fresno State Music Professor Ben Boone's two album project "The Poetry of Jazz" and released his own collection of solo piano music in 2019 entitled "Two Years" available on all major streaming services.