John Bergamo: In Memoriam

JBergamoYesterday, we lost a great man, musician and mentor to many percussionists. John Bergamo, former director of the percussion department at the California Institute of the Arts for 35 years (beginning in 1970), inspired generations of musicians who continue to make an impact on music today. I was fortunate to have attended a workshop that John taught at in 1990s and I hosted Hands On’semble at a PAS Day of Percussion at CSULB. He was a great man, an amazing musician and I am grateful for my brief interactions I had with him. I have been reading many wonderful tributes to John on Facebook today and I wanted to create this post as tribute to John so that future generations of percussionists will be able to learn from some of the people he touched. Over the next week or so, I am going to collect tributes, videos, recordings and anything I can find about John and post it on DrumChattr. If you have something you would like to submit, please email me (drdavegerhart@gmail.com) and I will add it to this post.

RIP John Bergamo. You will missed but you will live on in your music and all the people you touched.

Articles

PAS Hall of Fame Induction Article (2012)
By B. Michael Williams

One Man’s Junk Is Another’s Music : Repercussion Unit Trashes Tradition in Effort to Educate and Entertain (1989)

John Bergamo Wikipedia Article

Videos/Concerts

The Bergamo Project

RU Nuts – Repercussion Unit Goes Abroad, Part 1

Hands On’Semble – Live @ PAS DOP 2001 Piru Bole

Ensembles

Hands On’semble

Repercussion Unit