Jay Jennings of Burbank, CA, was the sound designer for the films The Hangover Part III and Gangster Squad. He was also the sound designer and rerecording mixer for The Rolling Stones Crossfire Hurricane, which was nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors in the Best Sound Editing: Long Form Documentary category.
Frank E. Warren of West Roxbury, MA, was commissioned to write a solo piece for concert pianist Beth Levin titled “Three Glimpses of Beethoven.” The Boston premiere will be in May 2014 at New England Conservatory. It will also be performed in other locations, including New York City. Visit www.bethlevinpiano.com.
Nick Puin of Strongsville, OH, is the music director of the Italian Band of Cleveland and a member of the Cleveland Composers Guild. His arrangements have been performed by the Baldwin Wallace and Case Western Reserve universities’ jazz ensembles.
Jeff Lorber of Pacific Palisades, CA, and the Jeff Lorber Fusion released the album Hacienda on Concord Records. It features drummer Vinnie Colaiuta ’75, bassist Jimmy Haslip, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and other guests. Visit www.lorber.com.
A $10,000 scholarship was established in honor of Les Harris of Newburyport, MA, at Newburyport High School. A plaque was installed in his honor, and a concert was performed featuring Harris, his son Les, Jr. ’83, and his granddaughter Aubrey.
Peter Vantine of Middleton, MA, was commissioned by the Monadnock Chorus in New Hampshire to compose a work for chorus and chamber orchestra, which was performed in April. He is the pastor of music and administration at Middleton Congregational Church. Visit www.petervantine.com
On June 9, Paul Rogalski of Longmont, CO, hosted the sixth annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam in Denver, CO, featuring Chuck Rainey, Doug Johns, and Quintin Berry. Rogalski is also the owner of Mojo’s Music Academy. Visit www.rockymountainbassslam.com