RIP “Bongo” Barry Bernstein

by Kimberly on August 31, 2009 · 6 comments

The music therapy community lost an influential presence last week with the passing of “Bongo” Barry Bernstein.  I never had the chance to meet him but his work and collaboration with some of my mentors means he had an influence on me. From what I hear, “Bongo” Barry had a good heart, a “zest for life,” and a passion for music and for people.

If you are interested in reading more about “Bongo” Barry, you can:

Requiescat in pace.


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TheCrazy Music Lady September 1, 2009 at 7:06 am

That’s heartbreaking. I was able to attend a workshop he did in my undergrad and it was fantastic!

Kimberly September 1, 2009 at 8:10 am

That’s all I’ve ever heard about Barry. I wish I could have met him, but I know his work influences mine – and countless others as well!

Hollie Temple August 16, 2013 at 5:58 am

I was wondering if anyone knows where I can find one of Bongo Berry’s CD’s. I have one that I have used in my classroom for years, but it has broken and I cannot find another.

Kaelin Brown March 22, 2014 at 10:54 am

I loved barry wen i wuz n the 1st & 7th grade….. my favorite songs were I am a bright light and the temple of my heart.

Amanda Felber June 26, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I saw the post about Bongo Barry. I have a Bongo Barry CD. I am not sure if it is what you are looking for, but is was going to be thrown away, and I saved it for my niece and nephew and put it on my computer. I noticed that these posts are kinda old so I am not sure if anyone is still interested. If so let me know. I am in Kansas. Thank you, Amanda.

Chip Dowis January 13, 2015 at 2:00 am

Barry and I became friends in Denver, Colorado in 1976. We played music together in downtown parks for others (Barry playing ukulele, with me on guitar). He introduced me to the music of Thelonius Monk, and others of the Beat generation. We were great friends, traded stories, and enjoyed many fine times together.

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