Alumni Affairs

The Shills

The Shills, featuring MP&E grads Dave Sicilian '06 and James Zaner '06, have been a leading force in the Boston rock scene for a decade.

Alumnus Brad Madix '84 handles sound for Jack White.

The Hello Strangers

Americana band The Hello Strangers, comprised of Berklee grad Larissa Chace Smith and her sister, Brechyn Chace, release its debut album this year on Nashville's IMI Records.

An accomplished singer, songwriter, DJ and producer, Aruna is a well known EDM singer and a fixture on the international dance circuit.

Once a goat farmer in central New York state, singer-songwriter Matt Nakoa ’06 has established himself as a folk music up-and-comer.


The Office of Alumni Affairs embraces our alumni as valuable members of a lifelong and global Berklee community. We strive to foster alumni engagement that supports you in your professional and personal pursuits. As one of our alumni, you are an ambassador of the college, trailblazer in music and beyond, and a generous supporter of what we do.

Thank you for being a part of this unique community.

Alumni Events

Alumni Hang at NAMM 2015

Thursday / January 22, 2015 / 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For all those Berklee alumni attending or working the NAMM show, the Berklee Center in LA will be hosting a get together from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at a new location, the Garden Ballroom of the Sheraton in Anaheim. The venue is within walking distance from the convention center and offers a much larger space for our party. Light refreshments will be served.

Parking at the hotel is $21 per car. RSVPs are encouraged!

The event will be hosted by Justine Taormino, assistant director for Alumni Affairs in Los Angeles, and Peter Gordon, director of the Berklee Center in LA.

Note: This is a separate event than the Annual Alumni Brunch, which is being held on Sunday, January 25 in Santa Monica. To RSVP for that event, click here.

For questions, email Justine Taormino.

Annual Berklee LA Alumni Brunch (2015)

Sunday / January 25, 2015 / 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Annual Los Angeles Alumni Brunch is our community’s flagship event. With more than 500 attendees in 2014, the brunch has grown to become the largest alumni gathering Berklee offers. It's not to be missed.

President Roger H. Brown will share news about the college and will introduce this year's keynote speaker, renowned producer Don Was, the president of Blue Note Records. This year's event will open with a special performance by alumni group Women of the World. 

This year we’re doing something different. We are returning to the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and adding a nominal registration fee of $10 per person. Why, you ask? Well, unreliable RSVP counts made it difficult to choose the right-sized venue and amount of food for the crowd we were expecting. This time, we hope to do better. We heard your feedback and we get it. We want to make this event a great experience that you will continue to attend and recommend to your friends.

By registering for the event, you’re letting us know that you officially plan to attend. We can then use that information to order enough chairs, tables, and trays of bacon.

Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. PST. A full breakfast buffet will be provided.

Alumni are welcome to register one guest when they sign up.

Registration required; RSVP here.
$10 per person until January 20, 2015
$15 for late registration (starting January 21, 2015)
$20 for walk-ups on day of the event, if space permits

The brunch will be hosted by Peter Gordon, director of the Berklee Center in LA, and Justine Taormino, assistant director of Alumni Affairs.

Valet parking is available at the hotel (validation not provided), and metered street parking is available.

For questions, email Justine Taormino.

If you're looking for information about the alumni hang at NAMM, you can find it here.

Keynote Speaker: Don Was
Don Was is one of music’s most significant artists and executives, exceling in multiple roles and serving as one of the industry’s beacons for integrity. During this period of disruption and rapid evolution in the worldwide music business, Was remains committed to music as an art form and its importance to contemporary culture. As the president of Blue Note Records since 2011, Was is both the company’s leader and an ambassador for its music, charged with bringing the label’s 21st century jazz artists and its expanding pallet of contemporary musicians to larger audiences.

 As an in-demand, highly acclaimed, and commercially successful producer since the late 1980s, Was has been honored with Grammy Awards for his production work in each of the past three decades. Albums produced by Was have achieved dozens of multi-platinum, platinum, and gold certifications and have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

 He was recently awarded his first Emmy as musical director for the CBS Television special, The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the group’s first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. In front of an audience that included both Paul 
McCartney and Ringo Starr, Was led the band and played bass for a diverse group of artists performing classic Beatles songs, including Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, John Mayer, Keith Urban, the Eurythmics, Pharrell Williams, and Brad Paisley. He also did the same when McCartney and Starr took the stage to perform separately and together.

Women Of The World
Women of the World was formed to bring women musicians from across the globe onto a common platform to collaborate and create, not only through the sharing of music, but also through exploring and celebrating the differences in ideologies and cultural tenets that exist in the daily lives of women all over the world.

 Honoring global folk traditions, the group's repertoire spans music in 27 languages. In many ways, the ensemble is a microcosm of the world, with members working closely together not just to create and perform music, but also to learn about each other's countries, cultures, languages, beliefs, and practices.

 As 2014 American a cappella champions and nominee for both the 2013 Boston Music Awards and the 2014 Independent Music Awards, Women of the World has toured North America and Japan, collaborated with many industry legends, including Grammy Award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin and African vocal icon Angelique Kidjo. Women of the World continues to serve as a cultural ambassador of peace and unity through music and it has delighted audiences at venues like Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note Jazz Club, Boston Symphony Hall, and others. Women of the World has brought together more than 200 women from all over the world to collaborate with music.

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