Sergio Bellotti

Assistant Professor Sergio Bellotti released an iPhone and iPad app featuring a metronome, a “groove box,” and free video performances and lessons. It’s available at the iTunes store.

John Baboian

Professor of Guitar John Baboian was featured as an extra in a house-party scene in the feature film Ted.

 

Faculty Notes

By 
Ryan Fleming


Orville Wright

Orville Wright ’74 died on June 21. He was 68. Originally from Trinidad, Wright studied composition and arranging at Berklee. After graduating he became a Berklee faculty member for 13 years and then served as chair of the Ensemble Department for 15 years. Wright was a renowned pianist and arranger for calypso bands and an active steelpan player who led steelband competitions in Trinidad. He is survived by his wife, Joan, and his children, Sean and Kayron. 

Paul Wagner

Paul Wagner ’72 of the Woodwind Department died on March 11. He was 69. After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Bridgeport and working in the public schools, Wagner enrolled at Berklee. Soon after he graduated he became an assistant to Joe Viola. Wagner taught harmony, arranging, ensembles, labs, and private lessons, and specialized in working with first-year students. Wagner was also an active performer.

Todd Wachsmuth

Todd Wachsmuth ’94 of Sherman, CT, died unexpectedly on June 25. He was 40. In addition to earning a degree from Berklee, he received an associate’s degree from Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. For the last five years of his life, Wachsmuth worked as a CAT scan technologist at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. He is survived by his wife, Tanya; parents, Jim and JoAnn; children, Kalin and Dana; a brother and two sisters.

Steven Strunk

Steven Strunk ’63 of Washington, D.C., died on February 20. He was 68. From 1973 until the time of his death, Strunk was a professor of music theory and composition in the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America. He was also a performing jazz pianist in the Washington, D.C., area and elsewhere. Strunk is survived by his wife, Elena; son, Kurt G. Strunk; daughter, Nica B. Strunk; and three grandsons. 

Byard Lancaster

Saxophonist Byard Lancaster ’64 of Philadelphia, PA, died of cancer on August 23. He was 70. Lancaster launched his career in New York playing with drummer Sunny Murray and trumpeter Bill Dixon. He released his debut album It’s Not Up to Us in 1968. He last worked with Sun Ra’s Arkestra, McCoy Tyner, and blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland. During the 1980s, he taught music in Jamaica and in the 1990s, in Lagos, Nigeria. He leaves daughters, Raquel Phelps, Marianne Lancaster, Alicia Lancaster-Silva and Faythaleggra Coleman; and sons, Brian Lancaster and Cash Byard Lancaster, as well as a sister and brother.

James George Jalbert

James George Jalbert ’49 of Glastonbury, CT, died on May 24. He was 82. In 1949, Jalbert enrolled at the Schillinger House (later renamed Berklee). He played piano with big bands before serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Jalbert played with such renowned musicians as Zoot Sims, Donald Byrd, Oscar Pettiford, J.J. Johnson, and others. He leaves a wife, children, and grandchildren. 

Dustin Hengst

Drummer Dustin Hengst ’96, of Eagle Lake, TX, died on December 9, 2011. He was 39. Hengst was the drummer for several acts, including Bleu and the band Damone. Based in Waltham, MA, Damone was active from 2002 to 2008 and was signed to RCA and Island Records. 

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