Class of: 1966

Joe DeRose of Lahaina, HI, retired after a distinguished career as a music educator and performer in New England. At the age of 75, he has opened a private music teaching studio in Hawaii.

Class of: 1968

Following a career as a musician and bandleader in the greater New York area, Larry Ripley of Morris Plains, NJ, is semi-retired. He now focuses on his 20-plus-member, multi-generational family band.

Class of: 1972

Frank Potenza ’72

Frank Potenza ’72
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Guitarist Frank Potenza of Lakewood, CA, released the album For Joe, a tribute to the late Joe Pass. Potenza is a professor and chair of the studio and jazz guitar program at the University of Southern California. Visit

Class of: 1975

In April, Mark Howell of Lemoore, CA, will participate in the panel discussion “Archaeological Approaches to Sound and Human Experience” at the 2014 Society for American Archaeology meeting in Austin, TX. He is also the director of the Winterville Mounds Park and Museum in Greenville, MS.

Class of: 1976

In January, Jerry Tachoir and Marlene (Desbiens) Tachoir ’77 released the album Stories (by the Jerry Tachoir Group), with songs written by Marlene and featuring Roy Vogt, Danny Gottlieb, Rich Adams ’82, and Beth Gottlieb. Visit

Class of: 1977

Tony Corman and Laura Klein of Berkeley, CA, have released Five and More, the third CD by the group, FivePlay Jazz Quintet. It features former Berklee faculty members Alan Hall and Ted Wolff. Visit

Class of: 1978

Ernie Dewing of Edgartown, MA, and his band Propergander released the new album Wide Open.

Liz Ficalora of Chappaqua, NY, released the book How to Write a Fast & Easy Drum Chart through Alfred Publishing. She teaches drumming master classes and was featured in the October issue of Tom Tom magazine. Visit

Class of: 1980

Doug Hammer ’89

Doug Hammer ’89

Dave Askren of Monrovia, CA, released the album It’s All About the Groove, featuring Jeff Benedict, Ramon Banda, and John Belzaguy.

Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, released the album Grease Mechanix, with a 16-piece band performing Macchia’s original music for large jazz ensemble. Visit

Glenn Ochenkoski of Burbank, CA, plays drums for the Broadway-bound musical about Walt Disney titled When You Wish. It’s currently playing at the Freud Playhouse on the UCLA campus.

Composer and producer Anthony Resta and recording engineer Karyadi Sutedja ’98 have moved Studio Bopnique Musique from the Boston area to Los Angeles. Resta’s upcoming projects include work with film composer Shawn Clement ’88, and a heavy-metal soundtrack for the film Infinite Santa 8000.

Class of: 1981

Steve Buchele is a missionary at the Mission Society in Ghana, West Africa, at Ashesi University. He is a teaching pastor at Asbury Dunwell Church, and works in campus ministry and church planting.

Philip Bynoe ’81

Philip Bynoe ’81

Bassist Philp Bynoe of Pasadena, CA, has toured and recorded with guitarist Steve Vai ’79 for 18 years. When not on the road, Bynoe teaches bass at Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena and writes and performs children’s music with Deb Snyder and the band PB & Deb.

Dennis Keating of Rancho Cordova, CA, recently performed for the pregame show before an Oakland Raiders football game.

Class of: 1982

Ronald Aubrey Connor of Princeton, NJ, scored the upcoming short film The Other Half. Jay Pellizzi ’10 did the film’s sound mixing. Visit

Lenora Helm ’82

Lenora Helm ’82

Lenora Helm of Durham, NC, scored the Pied Piper adaptation Indigo Blue. It was staged at the Walltown Children’s Theatre in Durham in December.

Christophe Rime of Paris, France, released the CD TV Orchestra featuring bassist Marcus Miller. Rime has scored the video games Moto Racer 2 and 3, Darkstone, and Amy, and written for television and movies. Visit

Ed Roland of Atlanta, GA, the guitarist for Collective Soul, has a new group called the Sweet Tea Project. The band released the album Devils ‘n’ Darlins, featuring the single “Love Won’t Bring Us Down.”

Class of: 1984

Joel Goodman of Topanga, CA, scored the PBS film JFK, as part of the network’s American Experience series. It features more than two and a half hours of original music. Visit