Dennis Bergevin and I have a lot in common.
He’s a bass player. Me too.
He taught public school orchestra. So did I.
His career has taken an unexpected turn.
I totally identify with that.
For Dennis, it was the interactions with the students that he found most valuable. Not that the music wasn’t important, but helping young people to find their path in life was what really mattered to him.
I agree 100%.
By the way, Dennis is a rockin’ bass player. Check out this video of him playing Bach.
So Dennis has transitioned out of that orchestra director role and is now training to work in guidance at the college level.
It’s amazing the opportunities that exist at the university level outside of being a professor, and how critical the people in roles like what Dennis is doing are to shaping the direction of student’s lives.
I also like this photo of Dennis and Edgar Meyer!
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