Kenwood Dennard

Associate Professor of Percussion Kenwood Dennard will spend his sabbatical researching group improvisation for his upcoming book Metajam Technique. He writes for and performs with his group the Metajam All-Stars.

Jon Damian

Professor of Guitar Jon Damian was a visiting scholar at Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe in Melbourne, Australia, where he presented his piece “Rubbertellie Murals.” The murals created by Damian were displayed during a concert featuring big-band compositions penned by Berklee faculty members and featuring Damian on guitar.

Wes Corbett

Associate Professor of Strings Wes Corbett and his band Joy Kills Sorrow had their song “Jason” featured on Rolling Stone magazine’s website. They also recently played at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.


Susan Cattaneo

Assistant Professor of Songwriting Susan Cattaneo has released the new album Little Big Sky, which features numerous Nashville musicians. 

Ed Blomquist

Assistant professor Ed Blomquist and his band the Free Range Experiment released the album Levitation. It was engineered by Associate Professor of MP&E Mark Wessel. 

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

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.