Joe Bergamini maintains a diverse career as a drumming performer and educator. Enjoying various styles of playing, he is most well-known for his progressive rock drumming in the bands Happy the Man and 4Front. Joe is a fixture on the New York scene, and has performed in the Broadway productions of Movin’ Out, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, In the Heights, Beautiful (The Carole King Musical), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 revival), Bring It On, Million Dollar Quartet, Pippin (2013 revival), and The Lion King. He has also appeared on the first national tours of Movin’ Out and Jersey Boys. He has performed and recorded with many other artists as a sideman.
Recognized internationally as an educator, Joe has given hundreds of drum clinics in schools, retail stores, and conventions. He has appeared at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the Ultimate Drummers Weekend (Melbourne, Australia), the Cape Breton Drum Festival (Nova Scotia, Canada), KOSA (Vermont, USA), and the Sonny Emory Drum Camp (Atlanta, USA), and has done two clinic tours for Tama Drums. He has been teaching privately at his own studio for over 25 years. Among Joe’s many private students who have gone on to pro careers is world-renowned jazz drummer Mark Guiliana.
Joe is very active in the publishing and education areas of the music industry. In 2015 he became Education Consultant for Sabian, and is the director of the Sabian Education Network for drum teachers. Joe is also the Senior Drum Editor for Hudson Music, in which capacity he has worked closely with some of the world’s greatest drummers, including Steve Smith, Stanton Moore, Gavin Harrison, Carmine Appice, Benny Greb, John Blackwell, Aaron Spears, Keith Carlock, David Garibaldi, Jason Bittner, Derek Roddy, and others. Through Hudson Music, Joe collaborated on two major projects with Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance, a best-selling 3-DVD set co-produced by Joe, in which Neil discusses and performs all his classic works with Rush; and a companion book of the same name, written entirely by Joe and released in 2012. Building on his long relationship with Hudson, Joe partnered with Hudson Music co-founder Rob Wallis to become one of the artists and content directors for Drum Guru, one of the highest-rated educational apps for drummers.
As an author, Joe has won four Modern Drummer Readers Poll awards for his drum books, including best drum book of 2013 for Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage. He is also the author or co-author of nine other books and has edited dozens more. Joe was formerly Percussion Editor for Carl Fischer Publications, has worked on various promotional and R&D projects for Tama drums, and is co-owner (with Dom Famularo) of Wizdom Media (an independent music publisher distributed worldwide by Alfred Music). Joe is also an occasional writer for Modern Drummer magazine.
Joe proudly endorses Tama drums, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Evans drumheads, and Latin Percussion.