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Conductors/Composer
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Jack Dusek
Associate Conductor


Don Hertig

Resident Composer


     






















Rich Bergman

Conductor, Music Director

Richard Bergman, a native of New York City, New York, is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 1967 and his Master of Education Degree in 1975.  He began his teaching career in Prince George's County, Maryland where he taught both junior and senior high school. From 1971-1977 he directed the Crossland High School Symphonic Band which he developed into one of the finest ensembles in the Mid-Atlantic States.  He was the band director at Herndon High School from 1978 until his retirement in 2009.  Under his direction the band program at Herndon has received national recognition for its excellence of performance in clinics, concerts, festivals and competitions.


Among its many appearances the band has performed at the Mideast Music Convention, Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1985,  twice at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention Chicago, Ill. in 1987 and 1995, and The Music Educator's National Conference 53rd National In-Service Convention, New Orleans,  La. in 1992 and the 63rd convention held in Nashville, Tennessee in 2002. In addition the band has performed for the South Carolina University Music Convention, three times for the the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Convention and in 2003 performed for the prestigious American Bandmasters Convention in College Park, Maryland where they received a three minute standing ovation.
 
Under Mr. Bergman's direction the HHS band has received over fifty first place and grand champion awards at competitions it has participated in since 1982.  Mr. John Paynter, chairman of the music department at Northwestern University once described the Herndon bands as being among the finest and most musical ensembles in the United States.  In 1991 the Herndon Wind Ensemble was named by the John Philip Sousa Foundation as that year's only recipient of the Sudler Flag of Honor. This is the highest national honor any concert band program can receive.
 
Mr. Bergman is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, The Virginia Band and Orchestra Director's Association, Music Educator's National Conference, National Band Association, Percussive Arts Society, National Association of Jazz Educator's and the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers. He was president of the Maryland Band Directors Association and was also editor of their solo and ensemble and concert list manual.  In 1995 Mr. Bergman was elected into the American Bandmasters Association. He is also a recipient of the Sudler Order of Merit.  Mr. Bergman has received six Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, and has actively served as a mentor for new directors and has lectured at universities and clinics on music education and performance.
 
On numerous occasions the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, Virginia and the Board of Education in Prince George's County, Maryland have cited Mr. Bergman for his outstanding contributions to music education.  Included in these honors are ten "Commendations of Excellence" from the Fairfax County Board of Education. In addition, his bands have been recognized for their excellence by the legislatures of Virginia and Maryland.  He has been honored and three Who's Who of American Educators publications from1994-2005.
 
Along with his many teaching duties, Mr. Bergman has served as an active adjudicator, clinician, consultant, and guest conductor in Pennsylvania., Florida, Maryland, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, West Virginia and  many other Mid-Atlantic, Southern and Northeastern states.

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Jack Dusek
Associate Conductor

Jack Dusek holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from The Chicago College for the Performing arts of Roosevelt University. He has been a public school teacher, a full time professional military musician for the United States Army, an Army Signal Officer, a Communications Training Officer with the Arlington County Public Safety Emergency Communications Center, a Safety and Security Manager for a nonprofit organization, a Security Supervisor under contract to the Transportation Security Administration, and a shift supervisor at the Department of Defense Security Services Center. He is currently a Personnel Security Specialist under contract to a U.S. Government agency.

Jack has directed military bands and ensembles and has performed as a trumpet player with a wide variety of groups including pit orchestras for performances of shows such as "Oklahoma", "The Wiz", "Once Upon a mattress", "Guys and Dolls", “Spamalot”, “Hairspray”, and “My Fair Lady” in Chicago, South Carolina, Germany, and  Virginia. In recent years he has conducted and/or served as Music Director for productions of “Hello Dolly”, “The Music Man”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and “Spring Awakening” In addition to performing with the Kings Park Band, the 380th Army Band of the United States Army Reserve, and the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony, Jack is the Associate Conductor of the Alexandria Citizens Band.


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Don Hertig
Resident Composer

Don Hertig is Kings Park Concert Band “Composer-in-Residence” and featured artist on alto saxophone. As a native of Miami, Florida, Don has been composing, along with playing saxophone and clarinet, for the past 36 years. Don studied music at the University of Florida, but actually ended up with his Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance in 1979. In addition to the Kings Park Concert Band, Don performs with the Vienna Community Band and the National Medical Musical Group Chorale and Symphony Orchestra.

Aside from his music, Don received his Master’s in Economics in 1991 and subsequently retired from the U.S. Navy in 2002. He is now serving as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Executive Office of the President of the United States. In addition to his many interests, Don’s greatest passion is his involvement in biblical research and teaching.