David Garry Bertman
David Garry Bertman is finishing his fourth year as the Associate Director of Bands, the Director of the "Spirit of Houston" Cougar Marching Band, and the Cougar Brass at the University of Houston. Raised in Oklahoma, Mr. Bertman received his B.A. in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Oklahoma while studying with Gene Thrailkill, Dr. William Wakefield, and Roland Barrett. Since 1987, Mr. Bertman has been a student of Eddie Green. In 1997 Mr. Bertman earned his Masters Degree in Applied Music-Conducting from the University of Houston's Moores School of Music. While attending the Moores School of Music, Mr. Bertman studied under Eddie Green and Dr. David Ashley White.
Prior to his position at the University of Houston, Mr. Bertman was Associate Director of Bands at Haltom High School in the Birdville Independent School District where he taught with Greg Hull for thirteen years. During his tenure the band received numerous awards, including being named the 1993 Texas 5A Honor Band, a finalist in the 1992 State Marching Band Contest, as well as performing at the 1993 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Haltom High School Bands consistently received superior ratings and top placements at marching contests and concert festivals. During the 1999-2000 school year, Mr. Bertman was named the Haltom High School "Teacher of the Year" and "Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year."
Mr. Bertman is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, as well as Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In addition to his duties at the University of Houston, Mr. Bertman is a Brass Caption Head for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Although he never marched, he has helped to do wonders with the brass program since 2001.