Alumnotes

Class of: 1956

Rik Tinory of Cohasset, MA, was honored at this year’s Grammy Awards for his work on Aerosmith’s album Pump, which has sold more than 4 million copies. 

Class of: 1971

Gary Morton of Orleans, Ontario, is the Viennese Ball Orchestra’s musical director and vice president of Local 180 AFM. He retired after 25 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police band and is pursuing a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University

Class of: 1972

Susan Schmidt Horning of Fresh Meadows, NY, published the book Chasing Sound: Technology, Culture, and the Art of Studio Recording from Edison to the LP. She was interviewed by the Boston Globe and is an
assistant professor of history at St. John’s University.

Steve Groves '72

Steve Groves '72

Guitarist and singer Steve Groves of Ottawa, Canada, released the new EP Notes from the Underground, which  features five blues-based songs, and is available at the iTunes Store. This summer Groves will perform at European festivals.

Class of: 1975

David Kowal of Los Angeles, CA, worked on Candice Courtney’s debut album I Am on Oil Creek Records, featuring Phil Hanson ’01. Visit candicesingshere.com.

Richard Niles of Mission Viejo, CA, produced and cowrote the album Simple Truth for saxophonist Ed Barker, featuring “When You Smile” with Lance Ellington. He arranged Paul Carrack’s album Rain or Shine, and wrote and produced “Last Vegas” for X-Factor’s Elaine Gibbs.

Nika Rejto of Lafayette, CA, received the Bay Area Jazz and Blues Artists Award for Jazz Excellence and recorded a concert on KPFA-FM. Visit nikarejto.com.

Class of: 1977

The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on Tony Corman of Berkeley, CA, and his quintet FivePlay (featuring Laura Klein ’77 and Alan Hall ’78), detailing Corman’s focal dystonia and self-reconstruction as a guitarist and composer. Visit tonycorman.com. 

Glenn Franke of Maplewood, NJ, and his big band performed with Steve Turre and Rufus Reid on a broadcast about trombonist J.J. Johnson. Visit musictax.com.

Harrison Goldberg ’77Saxophonist Harrison Goldberg of Gualala, CA, and his band Cloudfire released the album Cloudfire & Friends. Visit cloudfiremusic.com.

Lee West ’77Lee West of Melrose, MA, penned two titles for Santorella Publications: Hip to the Blues and Real Gone Guitar. West’s band Rockhouse Rebels released the CD Pharaoh’s Blues.

Class of: 1979

Noah Agruss of Sherman Oaks, CA, scored choreographer Christopher Stowell’s ballet Cipher, which was premiered by the Los Angeles Ballet. Visit noahagruss.com. 

Tim Sublette of Smithfield, MO, produced, arranged and performed on Ben Rodgers’s song “If 12 Steps Are All I’ve Got” available online.

Class of: 1980

S. Ti Muntarbhorn of North Hollywood, CA, worked with Harvey Kubernik on the book It Was 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Invade America and Hollywood.

Dyann Arthur ’80Dyann Arthur of Mill Creek, WA, produced and directed the film Americana Women: Roots Musicians: Women’s Tales & Tunes. It was screened at Berklee’s Stan Getz Library. Visit musicboxproject.org.

Jeff Dawson ’80 (right) and Neil Simon ’97Jeff Dawson of New York City played keyboards and wrote original music for a February Sunset Jazz Festival concert in Frederiksted, St. Croix, featuring Neil Simon ’97

Cynthia Hilts of Brooklyn, NY, performs solo and with Lyric Fury throughout the New York metropolitan area, and she is also mixing her new album.

David Lockwood of Plymouth, NH, released the album Modern Love, featuring Erica Leigh ’10 and Berklee faculty members Kevin Barry, Kristin Cifelli, and Randy Roos. Visit davidlockwoodmusic.com. 

Angelo Marcialis of Chester, NY, won the New York State Band Director Association’s Richard H. Snook Outstanding Band Director Award. He is retiring in July.

Mike McAllister of Cumming, GA, was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in January.