Meet Burwood Group’s Greg Bueltmann, the principal turned Pink Floyd cover band rocker

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Greg Bueltmann loves being a principal-turned-rocker.

Bueltmann, a Miller, Indiana resident and Director of Enablement at IT consulting and integration firm Burwood Group, plays the keyboard and is a vocalist for two Northwest Indiana-based bands: Echoes of Pompeii and Mr. Funnyman.

Bueltmann, a Libertyville, Illinois native and former principal at May Whitney Elementary in Lake Zurich and Big Hollow Middle School in Ingleside, now plays in front of thousands at dozens of festivals, venues and stages across the Midwest.

Upcoming shows in Northwest Indiana include Aug. 9 in Valparaiso; Aug. 16 in Highland; Aug. 24 and Sept. 9 in Crown Point; Aug. 31 in Griffith; Sept. 2 in Lowell; and Sept. 8 in Schererville. Bueltmann’s bands also will play in Illinois, including Sept. 1 at Chicago’s Steelworkers Park, throughout the remainder of 2018.

“I’m a musician first and foremost, but the fact of the matter is, I have a lot of friends who do music fulltime, and our society doesn’t exactly support that in a robust way,” said Bueltmann, who has lived in Miller since 2010 and has been with the two bands since 2015. “I’ve had the good fortune to really have two great careers, and it provides a balance in my life. Music exercises my mind in a different way and makes me sharp.”

He said rocking it out with Echoes of Pompeii – a popular Pink Floyd cover band that has several thousand Facebook followers – and the cover band Mr. Funnyman also helps him at Burwood, where he sets direction for the company’s development. That includes providing the process, structure and programs to ensure that Burwood’s employees are equipped to deliver the outcomes promised across all products and services. It also entails performance management, organizational systems and applications, training and tools.

“At Burwood, we’re a high-achieving company,” Bueltmann said. “We demand a lot out of our people, but we want people to have a rich and fulfilling life.”

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Bueltmann said the arts and music have been crucial throughout his life. The Libertyville High School graduate has a bachelor’s in music education from Millikin University and a master’s in education administration from Northern Illinois University. When he’s not playing with his bands, Bueltmann plays the pipe organ every Sunday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Miller.

Before coming to Burwood in 2008, Bueltmann was assistant superintendent for technology for the Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 and worked at other technology firms.

Bueltmann is consistently impressed with Northwest Indiana’s music scene, noting residents love watching live bands.

“The music scene is outstanding; it’s really blown me away,” Bueltmann said. “There are a wide variety of bands that are working and are doing really well here. You don’t see that in many places. People here go out and listen to bands. People are friendly here and like socializing with each other. The clubs out here know that, and so they’re hiring bands.”

Bueltmann said he also loves living in Miller, for numerous reasons.

“Here’s the very affordable neighborhood that’s surrounded by state and national parks, not to mention Marquette Park in Gary,” he said. “There are a ton of things to do.”

For more information on Greg Bueltmann, visit http://www.gregbueltmann.com/.

Priscilla Dave