Class of: 1983
Keyboardist and composer John Seppala ’83 of Walnut Creek, CA, died on January 15 after suffering a stroke and a heart attack while returning from a gig. He was 51. Seppala worked with many greats, including Arif Mardin, Chaka Khan, Snoop Dogg, and Peppino D’Agostino. He is survived by his mother, Wilma, and brothers, Karl and Eric.
Class of: 1984
Joel Goodman of Topanga, CA, scored the film $ellebrity, the PBS feature MAKERS: Women Who Make America, and the HBO documentary Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? Visit www.joelgoodman.com
Drummer Rob Hart of San Rafael, CA, and his trio will release the CD 3000 Realms of 10 Worlds with an event at Yoshi’s jazz club in Oakland, CA, on July 1. Alumni featured on the disc include Kai Eckhardt ’87, Kurt Ribak ’89, Glen Berger ’82, Stu Hamm ’80, and Jeff Massanri. Visitwww.robharttrio.com.
Eric Schweitzer of Raleigh, NC, had his song “The Finest Day” featured in the digital Australian children’s story “The Mouse Who Lived on the Moon.”
Singer/songwriter Peter Singer of Plymouth, MA, released his solo debut album Don’t Look Now through Tate Music Group. It features 10 songs, influenced by classic pop music. Visit www.tatemusicgroup.com.
Class of: 1985
David Bondelevitch of Denver, CO, won a Heartland Emmy for the PBS film Above the Ashes. As the film’s supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer, he was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award. Visit www.abovetheashes.com
Rebecca Day Babcock of Sterling City, TX, cowrote A Synthesis of Qualitative Studies of Writing Center Tutoring: 1983–2006 and Tell Me How It Reads: Tutoring Writing with Deaf and Hearing Students in the Writing Center. Visit www.rebeccababcock.com.
Trumpeter Chris Kase of Madrid, Spain, released his seventh album, My Private Circus, for which he played all the instruments. Visit www.chriskase.com.
Gary Sproul of Oakland, CA, penned his first novel, The Length of the Leash, which was named a runner up in the 2013 Los Angeles Book Festival and received honorable mention in the New York, London, San Francisco, and Great Northwest book festivals.
Class of: 1986
Vocalist Michéal Castaldo of New York City is releasing the new album Bergamot, which blends American, folk, and Mediterranean influences. Visit www.michealcastaldo.com.
Class of: 1987
U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Steve Giove of Okinawa, Japan, led an all-star, 17-piece Marine Corps band in a performance at Berklee’s annual High School Jazz Festival in Boston on March 2. Among the military musicians was fellow alumnus Gunnery Sergeant Jim Wallace ’99.
Class of: 1988
Film composer Shawn K. Clement of Canyon Country, CA, released the new musical compilation album Audistry on the Clemistry Music label.
Michael Knespel of Eaton, CO, released the album Songs from the Soul. Visit www.michaelknespel.bandcamp.com
Recording engineer Rich Lamb of New York City has worked with Jack Petruzzelli, Rich Pagano, Systems Two, Mark Dann Recording, the Asylum Street Spankers, and Debbie Deane ’91. He also works at St. Paul’s Chapel–Trinity Church.
Tenor saxophonist Lance McCollum of Austin, TX, played with the ACC Jazz Ensemble at the Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., in January.
Class of: 1989
Bassist Kevin Crosby of Shoreline, WA, plays with PoJama People, a Frank Zappa tribute band featuring Ike Willis. They will appear at the Zappanale Festival in Germany in August.
Class of: 1990
Grammy winner Paula Cole of Beverly, MA, released her first independent CD, Raven, on her own label 675 Records. Visit www.paulacole.com
On June 9, Paul Rogalski of Longmont, CO, hosted the sixth annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam in Denver, CO, featuring Chuck Rainey, Doug Johns, and Quintin Berry. Rogalski is also the owner of Mojo’s Music Academy. Visit www.rockymountainbassslam.com
Jazz guitarist Tom Stewart of Land O’ Lakes, FL, released his second CD, Flyer. Visit www.stewartjazz.com
Peter Vantine of Middleton, MA, was commissioned by the Monadnock Chorus in New Hampshire to compose a work for chorus and chamber orchestra, which was performed in April. He is the pastor of music and administration at Middleton Congregational Church. Visit www.petervantine.com