Tidewater Winds Alumni...
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It doesn't matter if you played under the baton of Maestro Berg, Maestro Asercion or Maestro Brewington, you will always be a part of the Tidewater Winds Family. We encourage you to remain a part of our work and mission. On this page we will feature your stories, inform you of projects, and hopefully maintain your passion for performing and Tidewater Winds. As an alumni of the Winds you offer a unique history into a great organization. We do hope you will share your thoughts, memories, ideas, hopes and dreams with us. As we move forward into the future, we will not and cannot forget our past. Three great conductors, 35-years of music, and countless hours of applause! 

Maestro John Brewington, 2006 to Present

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Maestro Asercion
directed from
​2000 to 2006
Maestro Sid Berg
directed from
​1985 to 2000
Sidney Berg

Sidney Berg served as the Manual Editor of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association from 1947 until his passing in 2000. He also served as president of VBODA and of the Virginia Music Educators Association. Upon graduation from the University of Michigan, Sidney came to Norfolk in 1944 as band director and later orchestra director at Maury High School. Under his leadership, the Maury Band earned national recognition. In 1963, Sidney became director of music education for the Norfolk Public School System. Over the next 23 years, he established a string and harp program, as well as a series of Annual All-City Concerts at Chrysler Hall. He also organized and conducted an All-City Wind Ensemble, and was the founder and conductor of the Tidewater Winds Professional Concert Band for 15 years. Sidney was the founder and principal conductor of the Tidewater Youth Orchestra in 1972. He was also the principal timpanist for the Norfolk (now Virginia) Symphony for 42 years. Sidney enjoyed the support of the public and was honored to see the concert halls filled to capacity. It was his joy to touch people with music.

Alberto Romen Asercion

Alberto was a native of the Philippines, born in General Trias, Cavite. After studying with his grandfather Manuel Asercion, a Navy Bandmaster, he became the soloist of the famous BANDA MANTANDA. At the age of 15 he won the "Best Soloist" award in the Philippines. Alberto attended the University of the Philippines and later joined the United States Navy. He graduated first in his class and played lead Alto Saxophone with the Seventh Fleet Band that toured the Far East. He retired with the rank of Master Chief Musician (MUCM) after serving as the Conducting Instructor for the Armed Forces School of Music at the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base and Concert Master/Associate Conductor of the U.S . Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. Later, he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from St. Leo's College followed by a Master's Degree of Music from Norfolk State University, who awarded him the title of Eminent Scholar. After becoming the Conductor and Musical Director of The Virginia Beach Community Orchestra, now known as The Virginia Beach Symphony, he conducted numerous Broadway shows and operettas. He worked for the Selmer Music Company as a clinician and also taught master classes in conducting technique while working as a music consultant with various schools in Virginia Beach as well as in the Philippines (University of The Philippines and The University of Santo Thomas). As a conductor, clarinet soloist, clinician, and adjudicator, Maestro Asercion's performances were legendary throughout his travels in the United States, Canada, and the Far East. In addition to being the Conductor of the Tidewater Winds, Alberto Asercion was a member of the Owens Lodge #164 AF & AM, the Knights of Columbus, General Trias Cavite Association of Tidewater, Philippine-American Vet. Assoc. of Tidewater, Cavite Assoc., PACT, Cultural Alliance, the Founder and Conductor of the Philippine-American Chamber Orchestra, the Founder and Artistic Director of the Philippine-American Chamber Youth Orchestra, an annual adjudicator of the Dixie Classic, as well as many other associations and organizations.
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