Joe Bergamini is a drummer from New Jersey in the United States. He is the co-founder of the instrumental progressive rock band 4Front. 4Front's other founder, guitarist/songwriter Zak Rizvi, went on to become a member of the classic rock group Kansas in 2016. Since 2000 Bergamini has been a member of progressive rock band Happy the Man, and appears on their 2005 album The Muse Awakens. In 2003 Bergamini began working on Broadway, with his first show being the New York and national tour productions of the Billy Joel musical Movin' Out, and has also performed at the Broadway productions of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, School of Rock: The Musical, Rock of Ages, In The Heights, The Lion King, Jersey Boys, Pippin (revival), Jesus Christ Superstar (revival), Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, and Million Dollar Quartet. In addition to performing with Billy Joel himself at Movin' Out, Bergamini has also performed with Bumblefoot, Dennis DeYoung and Deborah Gibson. Bergamini was born in Belleville, New Jersey, and grew up in East Hanover. He attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology, receiving a bachelor's degree in architecture while studying drums with Dom Famularo on Long Island, as well as teachers Al Miller, John Riley, and Jim Chapin.
Bergamini is known for his work in the area of drum education. He has operated his own private teaching practice since 1990, and among his many successful students is jazz drummer Mark Guiliana. In addition to having given many drum clinics in schools and retail stores in the US, Bergamini has also appeared at large international drum events including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in 2013,the Ultimate Drummers Weekend (Melbourne, Australia) (2002 & 2007), The Cape Breton Drum Festival (Nova Scotia, Canada), and KOSA (Vermont, USA).
After many years as a columnist and contributing writer for Modern Drummer magazine (to which he still contributes), he served a brief stint as the drum editor for Carl Fischer publications. In 2007 became the Senior Drum Editor for Hudson Music, a position which he still holds (as of 2016). His responsibilities with Hudson include overseeing all of their print projects, as well as co-producing DVDs. In this capacity he has worked with some of the world's most famous drummers, including Steve Smith, Keith Carlock, Stanton Moore, David Garibaldi, Gavin Harrison, Simon Phillips, and many others. Joe was the co-producer, co-writer and onscreen interviewer for Neil Peart's 2011 Hudson Music DVD Taking Center Stage. Bergamini has also worked with Tama Drums during the R&D for their Bubinga Omnitune drums, and appears on the Tama website in various educational videos. He is also a featured endorser of Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Evans drumheads, and Latin Percussion
In 2015 Bergamini became Education Consultant to Sabian Ltd., in which capacity he designed and launched the Sabian Education Network, a club/network designed to help drum teachers in both educational and business skills.
As an author, Bergamini's works include: MD Classic Tracks (Modern Drummer Publications), Turn It Up and Lay It Down: The Book (Alfred Publications), It's Your Move (co-author with Dom Famularo) (Alfred Publications), Drum Techniques of Led Zeppelin (Alfred Publications), Operation: Rockenfield (Carl Fischer), Drumming Out Of the Shadows (Carl Fischer), Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime Of Live Performance (Hudson Music) and Polyrhythmic Potential (co-author with Chris Pennie) (Carl Fischer). He has won several Modern Drummer readers poll awards for his books, including Best Book in 2013 for Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage.
Joe is also the co-owner (with Dom Famularo) of the independent music publisher Wizdom Media LLC. Their books are distributed worldwide by the Alfred Publishing Company.4Front - Malice in Wonderland
Flaud Logic - Flaud Logic
Happy The Man - The Muse Awakens
4Front - Radio Waves Goodbye
4Front - Gravity
Joe Bergamini - Arrival
Bumblefoot - Uncool
Broadway's Greatest Gifts / Carols for a Cure Vol. 7 (1 track)
Playground - What Was Is
MD Classic Tracks
Drum Techniques of Led Zeppelin
Pedal Control (with Dom Famularo)
It's Your Move (with Dom Famularo)
Operation: Rockenfield - The Drumming of Queensryche (with Craig LeMay)
Drumming Out of the Shadows (with Jason Bittner)
Polyrhythmic Potential (with Chris Pennie)
Turn It Up, Lay It Down: The Book, Vol. 1
Neil Peart ; Taking Center Stage : A Lifetime Of Live Performance