With a career close to completing its fourth decade, Luc Bergeron has nearly done it all. He has played Rock, small and big group Jazz, Classic R&B/Soul, Fusion, Funk, Folk, Reggae/World Music, Top-40, Heavy Rock, Classic and Contemporary Country, Blues, Electronic, Theater, and Cinematic/Soundtrack music.
Self-taught at first by listening and playing along with recordings, he then studied under Maine greats Dick Demers and Steve Grover, and attended the University of Maine-Augusta in the Jazz and Contemporary music program. During the past few years, he has also started to play the Chapman Stick, and has taken lessons from renowned Stick maestro Greg Howard and has performed pop and classical music on it, as well as writing original music with it. In the past couple of years, he has significantly increased the amount of hand percussion in his bag of tricks.
His live and recording experiences range from the original Rock and Adult Contemporary settings (like Symmetry in the 80’s and currently with singer/songwriter Jim Goss) to the Classic R&B covers in the Pat Pepin Project and the Reggae and Caribbean stylings of Papa Loves Mambo (among others) in the 90’s, to fusion with UMA faculty guitarist Scott Hughes, acoustic trio Jazz with pianist Rob Spaulding, and function gigs during an eight-year tenure in the Bob Charest Band, as well as the occasional Blues/Classic Rock/R&B gig subbing with the Delta Knights during the past 16 years. In January of 2016, Luc joined the Maine Music Society Chorale in the bass section, and in that setting, he has performed pop works as well as highly difficult classical pieces. He has garnered a reputation in the Maine music scene as a solid, first-rate musician, and throughout all of this, he has appeared on many recordings. He is now the drummer in the 80’s party/dance band “The GE3KS” and in the original band “Goss.”
He has taught drum set in one-on-one settings since 1992, first at Spectrum Music in Lewiston and Brunswick, Maine, then at The Music Centre in Brunswick, and at The Drum Shop in Portland, as well as in his own home. He has also lectured at summer percussion camps, and authored a drum method book, Beginning Drum Set Coordination, and published the first edition in 2004, with an updated second edition printed in 2016. In mid-2016 he re-joined the teaching staff at The Drum Shop, and shortly after joined the staff at The Midcoast School of Music, also in Portland, and is available for lessons via Skype.
He’s a Maine native and resides in South Portland with his wife, Jen, and their 2 dogs and 3 cats.
Web site: www.LucBergeronMusic.com
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCyfBIFu5HArpH8DMozcJldg