Joanne Brackeen, Yoron Israel, Neil Leonard, John Lockwood

In December 2011, a faculty ensemble that includes Professor of Piano Joanne Brackeen, Assistant Chair of Percussion Yoron Israel, Professor of Electronic Production and Design Neil Leonard, and Associate Professor of Bass John Lockwood performed in Cuba at the Jazz Plaza, International Jazz Festival, and the Instituto Superior de Arte.

Faculty Notes

By 
Ryan Fleming

Robert J. McHugh

Robert J. McHugh of Ipswich, MA, died on November 8. He was 81. McHugh was the director of Berklee's physical plant for 22 years and a Korean War veteran He is survived by his wife Georgia; two daughters; and four sons.Robert J. McHugh of Ipswich, MA, died on November 8. He was 81. McHugh was the director of Berklee's physical plant for 22 years and a Korean War veteran He is survived by his wife Georgia; two daughters; and four sons.

Dennis J. Grillo

Former faculty member Dennis J. Grillo, of Las Vegas, NV, passed away on October 31. He was 81. Grillo graduated with high honors from Juilliard School of music and later worked as a jazz composer and arranger. He was a singer and trumpeter and worked with the Four Freshman vocal group and several orchestras. From 1986 to 2004, Grillo taught in Berklee's Contemporary Writing and Production Department. He is survived by his sons Dante, Sunny, and Mark Grillo; and his daughter, Dione C. Grillo.

August 6: The Music of John Scofield at the BPC

The Nicholas Urie Large Ensemble will perform arrangements of music composed by John Scofield and written by Nicholas Urie. This collection of arrangements was commissioned by Denmark's Klüvers Big Band for its Scandinavian tour with Scofield in 2010 and includes pieces written throughout the guitarist's career.

GUITAR Private Instruction Final Exam Sign-Ups

Important Information

All guitar sign-ups for Private Instruction (PIGT) exams

 will take place in person in the Uchida 400 office, 921 Boylston Street.

Sign-ups begin on Monday, July 28th at 12:00 Noon

 and end at 2:00 PM on Friday, August 8th.

All the other weekdays between, you can sign up from 9:50am - 5:00PM.

Come early in the process for best date and time options.

All PIGT exams will be given finals week on Monday, August 11, 2014 ONLY.

John F. Dougherty Jr.

Guitarist John F. Dougherty, Jr. '69, of Las Vegas, NV, died at his home on March 12. He was 67. Dougherty was the author of three books on music and taught guitar and music theory. During his performing career, he worked with Lou Donaldson, James Brown, George Benson, Kool & the Gang, Jack McDuff, and Pat Martino. Dougherty is survived by his wife Jean; son Shaun '91; and daughter Stephanie Marlar.

Raymond L. Demers

Raymond L. Demers '46, of Concord, MA, died on November 14. He was 88. During World War II, Demers was a sergeant in the U.S. Army in New Guinea and the Philippines. He taught guitar for 25 years and was an electrical engineer at GenRad Inc. for 36 years. In addition to his wife, Marilyn, he is survived by eight children, 21 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.

John A. DeMasi

John A. DeMasi '49, of Quincy, MA, died on September 24 due to complications from lung cancer. DeMasi began playing trombone at age 20 and later performed with Louis Prima, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, and Artie Shaw. As a member of the Waltham American Legion Band, he traveled to Ireland and Russia. He also led his own band. During World War II, DeMasi served in the U.S. Navy. Before retiring in 1992, DeMasi worked as a police officer and police prosecutor for the Quincy District Court. He leaves his wife, Shirley M. Anderson; two daughters; a son; and a grandson.

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