SSG David Bergman

The United States Military Academy Band was honored to be part of The Veterans Legacy Summit. This multi-day conference was hosted by The Patterson Foundation, who works with partners to accelerate positive change by sharing fresh perspectives on strategy, contributing new ideas and providing resources. The summit was held in Sarasota, Florida and brought together leaders from government, military, philanthropy, national veterans-serving organizations and other supporting veterans. On Saturday the West Point Band participated in the dedication of Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery, which honored veterans and shared the story behind The Patterson Foundation's unique public-private partnership with the National Cemetery Administration. This event also featured U.S. Army combat veteran Wes Moore, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Jane Chu, and a group of Forever Miss Americas. Maj. Gen. John Rossi, commanding General of Fort Sill in Oklahoma, administered the Oath of Enlistment to a group of more than 20, making them official members of the armed forces. The West Point Band concluded the summit on Sunday with a sold out community concert at Patriot Plaza. Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Chrissy Rivers/United States Military Academy Band

I grew up in the Northwest just outside of Portland. I have an older brother who briefly played electric guitar (in the 80’s, everyone’s older brother played electric guitar), and that got me interested in playing music. Early on, I was very involved in marching bands and drum corps which opened the door to other forms of percussion.

Teachers:

Ed Stephan, Christopher Deane, Tom Freer, Christopher Allen, Andrew Reamer

Influences:

My musical influences are varied, and I find inspiration in everything from Zeppelin to Debussy.

When did you join the Army?

2008

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Current Projects:

Practicing various the classical techniques percussionists use daily, while taking time to explore the drumset as well.

What do you enjoy doing off-duty?

Hiking, running, travel, and continuing to find the most delicious Ramen made anywhere.

 An Army performance highlight:

The Concert Band playing at the Meyerson Hall in Dallas, and performing with the New York Philharmonic in Lincoln Center.

Did you know?

Traveling alone as a kid, I once boarded the wrong flight and woke up to the announcement we were landing in Phoenix (not Portland!). I thought I might still be dreaming as I reached for the call button to explain for the first of many times that I was on the wrong plane.

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