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