Rachel Fuhrer of Austin, TX, and her band Ume were signed to Dangerbird Records. Their album Monuments will be released in March. Fuhrer has appeared in Tom Tom and Drum! magazines, and will be featured in May’s Modern Drummer. Visit www.umemusic.com.
Tanisha Hall of Los Angeles, CA, founded the White Hall Arts Academy, a performing arts school, to provide conservatory instruction in music, dance, drama, visual and scientific arts, as well as mentoring to L.A.’s inner city youth. Visit www.whitehallacademy.org.
Zac Brown band guitarist Clay Cook of Nashville, TN, released the solo album North Star. It was produced by Matt Mangano ’00 and Brandon Bell, and features songs cowritten with John Mayer ’96. Visit www.claycook.com.
John Mistler of Santa Monica, CA, wrote and conducted the score for the film We the People, narrated by Morgan Freeman. It premiered at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and will run in IMAX theaters nationally.
Justo Morao of Caracas, Venezuela, produced the album Latin American Classics for the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, which was nominated in the best instrumental album category at the 14th annual Latin Grammys.
Jarrod Cagwin of Hot Springs, AR, published the book Def Method for the riqq (a Middle-Eastern tambourine) in association with Eckermann Drums and the Türk Musikisi Devlet Konservatuarı school in Istanbul, Turkey.