2018-05-17 / Around Town

SPOTLIGHT on Music

Berglund Found Passion in Drums
By Mark Gorman


Drummer Tom Berglund (Photo by Gary Alpert) Drummer Tom Berglund (Photo by Gary Alpert) Drummers are a special breed. Along with bass players, they lay down the groove and the rhythm that holds a band together. This week’s featured musician is drummer Tom Berglund, who loves playing the complicated instrument.

His first attempt at trying to play music occurred in elementary school, when he took up the piano. “I had an extremely difficult time reading music and being told what to do, so it wasn’t long before I gave [the piano] up,” he said.

His mom finger-picked the guitar and showed him a few chords. “I wanted to play electric guitar loudly, and I wanted to emulate the bands I was into at the time,” he said. “The majority of my [guitar] playing is self-taught by listening to Nirvana albums over and over and trying to do what I saw Kurt [Cobain] doing in pictures.”

Eventually the drums ignited his musical passion. “I’m pretty sure I wound up being a drummer just because it was something that felt very natural to me. I’ve always been a ‘tapper,’ and once I discovered that my tapping corresponded with sounds I was hearing in my headphones, the whole thing sort of clicked,” he said.


Mark Gorman is a retired high school guidance counselor and guitarist-vocalist who performs locally each week. Mark Gorman is a retired high school guidance counselor and guitarist-vocalist who performs locally each week. When asked what attracts him the most about drumming, Berglund, a Tiverton native who now resides in Newport, didn’t hesitate. “There are many elements of the instrument I love, but if I had to pick one, it would be the satisfaction of playing an incredibly diverse instrument that, when properly executed, can move fluidly inside and outside the groove set forth by the parameters of the music,” he said.

For the past few years, Berglund has been drumming in the popular Newport-based band, Silverteeth. Along with the husband and wife team of Bill Bartholomew on guitar and Gabriela Rassi on bass, Berglund has been gigging from New York City to Boston to Providence, and has been cranking out strong original tunes, while building a growing fan base.

“Bill and Gabi write music that I like,” Berglund said. “Their songs are more or less what I want to be playing to as a drummer. I’m playing exactly what I want to be playing: well-crafted dynamic rock music.”

For more information, visit silverteeththeband.com.

To Go

WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Newport Blues Cafe, featuring Silverteeth and The Z Boys

ADMISSION: $10

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