Ole Miss Band – The Pride of the South

University of Mississippi

Bert is a lawyer, musician, and comic book nerd who lives in Germantown, Tennessee and grew up in Olive Branch, Mississippi.  His interest in music started when he heard his mother sing in church.  Bert started playing saxophone in the sixth grade and continued playing throughout his college years in the Ole Miss marching band, concert band, and jazz band.  After graduating with a computer science degree, Bert worked in the legal tech sector a few years before going back to law school at Mississippi College School of Law.  After graduating law school, Bert moved to Alexandria, Virginia and started working for the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner.  During his time in Alexandria, Bert was introduced to barbershop harmony by singing in a local community chorus, the Alexandria Harmonizers.

In 2011, Bert and his family moved back home to the Memphis, Tennessee area where he continues to work for the Patent Office from home.  Bert scratches his musical itch these days by singing in a barbershop quartet, singing in a choir, playing bass in a garage band, writing songs, and arranging charts in the barbershop and contemporary a cappella style.  On occasion, Bert lectures undergraduate music education students on copyright law.  Bert also has a side solo law practice drafting wills and doing other transactional work.  Bert is a member of the Memphis Songwriters Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association, Memphis Chapter.