2006 KBA Award to be presented to former SNU Tulsa Graduate

January 6, 2006
Contact: Eunice Trent
Phone: 405.491.6600
Fax: 405.491.6381
E-mail: etrent@snu.edu

Southern Nazarene University Tulsa Campus graduate David Berntson (FSG-17) is currently a Tulsa musician and educator. Recently Berntson was informed by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee, that he will receive the 2006 Keeping Blues Alive (KBA) in Education Award on January 28, 2006.

Each year, the Blues Foundation recognizes different individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Blues music. Berntson is a gifted harmonica player and has played Blues harmonica for over 30 years. He is a master of Chicago Blues, Mississippi Delta style Blues and Jump Blues.

In 1987, Berntson founded the Tulsa Blues Club, which is said to be Tulsa’s original Blues Appreciation Organization and was the Artist-in-Residence for the Mississippi Valley Blues Society in April of 2005. David is also in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa and the Blues Society of Tulsa.

As a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Prevention Specialist, David works as a Prevention Educator and a Drug and Alcohol counselor, which allows him to reach thousands of students ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade. He has also been a keynote speaker for the Oklahoma Teen Conference and a presenter at the National Prevention Symposium.

During this 15-year teaching career, David has not only taught children, but he has also taught adult harmonica classes through adult continuing education at the Tulsa Community College.

For further information, visit the following sites: www.blues.org/kba/current.php4
and www.crossroadslearning.org.