Alumnotes

Class of: 1956

A $10,000 scholarship was established in honor of Les Harris of Newburyport, MA, at Newburyport High School. A plaque was installed in his honor, and a concert was performed featuring Harris, his son Les, Jr. ’83, and his granddaughter Aubrey. 

Class of: 1968

Lloyd Garber of Toronto, Canada, provided music for the performance DVD by Karen Houle titled Selected Pieces from “Is That the Wind?” Visit www.lloydgarber.com

Class of: 1971

Jeff Lorber of Pacific Palisades, CA, and the Jeff Lorber Fusion released the album Hacienda on Concord Records. It features drummer Vinnie Colaiuta ’75, bassist Jimmy Haslip, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and other guests. Visit www.lorber.com.  

Class of: 1975

Nick Puin of Strongsville, OH, is the music director of the Italian Band of Cleveland and a member of the Cleveland Composers Guild. His arrangements have been performed by the Baldwin Wallace and Case Western Reserve universities’ jazz ensembles. 

Class of: 1978

Richard Ruotolo of Meriden, CT, released a CD of compositions, arrangements, and performances on vibraphone and other percussion instruments. He leads a quintet in Connecticut. Visit www.ruotolomusic.com.

Frank E. Warren of West Roxbury, MA, was commissioned to write a solo piece for concert pianist Beth Levin titled “Three Glimpses of Beethoven.” The Boston premiere will be in May 2014 at New England Conservatory. It will also be performed in other locations, including New York City. Visit www.bethlevinpiano.com. 

Joe Makholm of Paris, France, was commissioned to compose “Five in One (Monk’s Moods),” a work that pays homage to Thelonious Monk for the Turning Point Ensemble of Vancouver, BC. It was one of five new Monk-inspired works for “Round Midnight,” the final concerts on the group’s 2012–2013 season.

Class of: 1979

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Jonathan R. Lax of Summit, NJ, performed at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. He was also selected to perform at master classes by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestras.

Class of: 1980

Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, completed a sample library called Cinematic Tension FX on Native Instruments Kontakt with the company Sampleism. He will release the CD Grease Mechanix in January featuring an allstar band. Visit www.frankmacchia.net.

Songwriter/producer Shele Sondheim of Hollywood, CA, recorded three songs with artist Catherine Walker in Nashville. This November he will be an artist-in-residence at Columbia College in Chicago, IL

Tim Sublette of Smithfield, MO, has released “Don’t Know,” a single from his forthcoming album of originals. Also featured on the track are Chris Sublette ’10, two-time Grammy winner Joe Sublett, and Jamie Sublette. 

Gregan Wortman of Anaconda, MT, is playing bass for a local rock trio after pursuing a career as a travel and history writer. He also teaches guitar, keyboard, and voice. 

David Young of Decatur, GA, published his third school-counseling book, More Skits & Raps for the School Counselor

Class of: 1981

Kevin Barbour of Nashua, NH, composed, performed, and produced the music for his album 3. Visit www.abstractlogix.com.

Pedro Brito of Caracas, Venezuela, was involved in the Ocumare del Tuy Edo Araguain, a Venezuelan jazz festival in August. 

D.W. Keating of Rancho Cordova, CA, is a freelance recording artist, trumpeter, and teacher, and owns Bad Dog Live. He works with groups including the Touch of Magic-Motown Tribute, Citrus Heights Community Marching Band, Capitol Pops Concert Band, and the Jim Ott Brass Ensemble. Visit www.baddoglive.com.

Saxophonist Scott Robinson of Teaneck, NJ, and his Bronze Nemesis project were featured in the June issue of Sci Fi magazine. He also completed Afar, a duo CD with Frank Kimbrough, and was an artist-in-residence at the Nürnberg Jazz Festival in Germany. Visit www.sciensonic.net.

Class of: 1982

Randy Hetlage of St. Louis, MO, and his rock-fusion group Morphelonious released a 12-song CD. Visit www.morphelonious.com.

Class of: 1983

Brian Bigelow of Fall River, MA, has worked as the vice chairman of the Fall River School Committee and a city councilor. He is rebuilding AFM Local 216 as the director of development and community affairs. 

Carol Evans of New Orleans, LA, is an active vocal and bell choir member, and a tutor for WyzAnt Inc.