Reggie Berg was born and raised in Auburn, IN where he played trumpet in middle school and community band. He liked music so much that he learned to play marimba, rudimental snare drum, euphonium, piano, and electric guitar. He loved playing the trumpet, but had to get braces in the 7th grade and his brass playing career was tarnished. As he lacks skills in common sense, reading social cues, paying attention, and has a tendency toward self-absorption, his inevitable career choice was that of a composer/pianist.>> He has received musical training at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Mannes College of Music, and the University of Denver. His mother also used to yell “Stop rushing!” when he practiced Chopin Etudes at his family’s upright piano which helped immensely. Aside from his mother, his principal teachers have included composers David Tcimpidis, Chris Malloy, William Hill, Conrad Kehn, classical pianists Alice Rybak, Steven Mayer, TJ Lymenstull, and jazz pianists Bill Dobbins, Harold Danko, Tony Caramia, Eric Gunnison, and Luke Gillespie.>> Reggie has had a varied professional career, as he was once a pizza delivery man at Papa Johns’, third-shift busboy at IHOP, busboy at Sharon’s Diner, (Fort Wayne, IN), answered phones at Sunglass World, Photolab technician/cashier at CVS for six months, and sold Cutco knives for three weeks. After realizing he was not cut out for these careers, he moved to Denver, CO and was able to find work as a musician. He now has 13 private students, works feverishly on commissions for Denver University professors, and plays all kinds of piano all the time.>> After finishing his degree in Composition, he has spent the last two years of his life planning to plan his life. His most recent plan is to move to New York City for the 2012-2013 school year, make a living exclusively as a serial composer, turning down all commercial musical involvement, declare bankruptcy, and then move back to a smaller town where he can again find work, probably as a barista at Starbucks because of the benefits.>> Reggie Berg’s music can be heard on youtube, spotify, and reggieaberg.com, but he probably won’t care if you listen to it anyway.
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