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, Rock of Ages, Jersey Boys, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, In the Heights, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Million Dollar Quartet and Bring it On. He has also appeared on the first national tours of Movin’ Out and Jersey Boys. For 11 years Joe was the drummer in the popular New York City area band Power Windows, and 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 over the past 15 years. He has appeared at 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). In 2007 he was the featured drum clinician on the first Tama Dayz US tour. He also maintains a busy private teaching schedule at his studio in New Jersey.
Joe is very active in the music publishing world. He is the Senior Drum Editor for Hudson Music, where he oversees all book projects and acts as an associate producer on various DVD productions. In this capacity he has worked closely with some the world’s greatest drummers in development of their educational products, including Neil Peart, Steve Smith, Stanton Moore, Gavin Harrison, John Blackwell, Aaron Spears, Keith Carlock, and many others.
As an author, Joe has won three Modern Drummer Readers Poll awards for his drum books. He is the author of Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage, Pedal Control (with Dom Famularo), Turn It Up & Lay It Down, MD Classic Tracks, It’s Your Move (with Dom Famularo), Drum Techniques of Led Zeppelin, Operation: Rockenfield – The Drumming of Queensryche, Drumming Out Of The Shadows – The Drumming of Jason Bittner and Shadows Fall, and Polyrhythmic Potential (with Chris Pennie). He 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). Joe is also an occasional writer for Modern Drummer magazine.