Class of 1956

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. 

Class of 1968

Lloyd Garber of Toronto, Canada, provided music for the performance DVD by Karen Houle titled Selected Pieces from “Is That the Wind?” Visit

Class of 1971

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  

Class of 1975

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. 

Class of 1978

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 

Joe Makholm of Paris, France, was commissioned to compose “Five in One (Monk’s Moods),” a work that pays homage to Thelonious Monk for the Turning Point Ensemble of Vancouver, BC. It was one of five new Monk-inspired works for “Round Midnight,” the final concerts on the group’s 2012–2013 season.

Richard Ruotolo of Meriden, CT, released a CD of compositions, arrangements, and performances on vibraphone and other percussion instruments. He leads a quintet in Connecticut. Visit

Class of 1979

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Jonathan R. Lax of Summit, NJ, performed at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. He was also selected to perform at master classes by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestras.

Class of 1980

Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, completed a sample library called Cinematic Tension FX on Native Instruments Kontakt with the company Sampleism. He will release the CD Grease Mechanix in January featuring an allstar band. Visit

Songwriter/producer Shele Sondheim of Hollywood, CA, recorded three songs with artist Catherine Walker in Nashville. This November he will be an artist-in-residence at Columbia College in Chicago, IL

Tim Sublette of Smithfield, MO, has released “Don’t Know,” a single from his forthcoming album of originals. Also featured on the track are Chris Sublette ’10, two-time Grammy winner Joe Sublett, and Jamie Sublette. 

Gregan Wortman of Anaconda, MT, is playing bass for a local rock trio after pursuing a career as a travel and history writer. He also teaches guitar, keyboard, and voice. 

David Young of Decatur, GA, published his third school-counseling book, More Skits & Raps for the School Counselor

Class of 1981

Kevin Barbour of Nashua, NH, composed, performed, and produced the music for his album 3. Visit

Pedro Brito of Caracas, Venezuela, was involved in the Ocumare del Tuy Edo Araguain, a Venezuelan jazz festival in August. 

D.W. Keating of Rancho Cordova, CA, is a freelance recording artist, trumpeter, and teacher, and owns Bad Dog Live. He works with groups including the Touch of Magic-Motown Tribute, Citrus Heights Community Marching Band, Capitol Pops Concert Band, and the Jim Ott Brass Ensemble. Visit

Saxophonist Scott Robinson of Teaneck, NJ, and his Bronze Nemesis project were featured in the June issue of Sci Fi magazine. He also completed Afar, a duo CD with Frank Kimbrough, and was an artist-in-residence at the Nürnberg Jazz Festival in Germany. Visit

Class of 1982

Randy Hetlage of St. Louis, MO, and his rock-fusion group Morphelonious released a 12-song CD. Visit

Class of 1983

Brian Bigelow of Fall River, MA, has worked as the vice chairman of the Fall River School Committee and a city councilor. He is rebuilding AFM Local 216 as the director of development and community affairs. 

Carol Evans of New Orleans, LA, is an active vocal and bell choir member, and a tutor for WyzAnt Inc. 

Class of 1984

Composer Joel Goodman of Calabasas, CA, wrote music for the films Which Way Is the Front Line from Here?, The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington, Miss You Can Do It, and The Diplomat. Visit

Guitarist Pete Huttlinger of Nashville, TN, released an album and an accompanying 52-page storybook project McGuire’s Landing. Penned by Huttlinger, the fictional story details episodes in the life of an Irish immigrant during the 19th century. Visit

Class of 1985

Slavko Avsenik Jr. of Ljubljana, Slovenia, has been active in film and television scoring. Two of his recent projects include The Charmings for television and the score for the film Iron Sky

Saxophonist Cleave Guyton of Brooklyn, NY, currently plays with the Count Basie Orchestra. He also released the album Introducing the C.J. Heptet. Visit

Class of 1986

Ben Camp of Laguna Niguel, CA, co-wrote Victoria Justice’s single “Gold” with Peter Thomas,  Jason Weiss ’12 and Sam Shrieve ’11. He also co-wrote “Mind Is Blown” for MainStreet with Shrieve and Joren van der Voort. Ethan Mentzer '04, van der Voort, and Camp have also worked with Angi3 on her upcoming EP.

Zen Hardy of Lawrenceville, GA, was the bassist and coproducer on an EP with the Fortunate Few. He is finishing coproduction and performance on Jeremy Parks’s forthcoming EP. In June, Hardy launched a line of 3-D–printed bass and guitar accessories through Valley Guitar Gear. Visit

Guitarist Kevin Kastning of Groton, MA, and saxophonist Carl Clements ’87 released the album Nowhere, Now Here on Greydisc Records. Kastning also released Dark Sonatas with fellow guitarist Mark Wingfield. Visit

Ed Littman of North Haledon, NJ, owns a mastering facility and has worked on projects for New Riders of the Purple Sage and David Fiuczynski and for the labels Daptone Records and Dopebrother Records. Littman has numerous CDs available online. Visit

Class of 1987

Dario Saraceno of Wappingers Falls, NY, and his band Dario and the Clear released the single “Live Now” from their forthcoming CD. 

Class of 1988

Chris Fassbender of Grand Rapids, MI, is the house drummer at Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar in Grand Rapids, and was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in April.

John J. Marrs of Houston, TX, released the e-book A Better Way: Piano Method Book 1, which is available at Apple’s iTunes bookstore. 

Class of 1989

Rob Disner of Winston-Salem, NC, opened Idlewild Interactive Media Services, an audio/video conversion facility. 

Phillip DiTullio of Milford, MA, is working with Berklee’s Stan Getz Library to annotate notes from composer Joseph Schillinger to restore history from the years when Berklee was known as the Schillinger House. DiTullio is a cofounder of the Schillinger Society, which recently joined the Artists Recording Collective. Visit

Elise Letourneau of Ottawa, Canada, has won numerous awards for her choral compositions. In addition to numerous performances of her music, the Capital Vox Jazz Choir has recorded it. Visit

Drew Wiseman of Marietta, GA, recently released his debut solo album, Shine

Yuval Ron of Studio City, CA, composed the score for the off-Broadway theater production Murmurs & Incantations. He also wrote music for the CD Six Healing Sounds: Journey to Health & Happiness, and leads retreats, workshops, and performances. Visit

Class of 1990

Kelley Bolduc (aka Kelley B.) of Boston, MA, and her band Hot Like Fire, released their third CD, Forward. The group was cited in the Best Caribbean Band category and received the Best Caribbean CD award at the 2013 New England Urban Music Awards. Visit

Avrahom (Howard) Burke of Northbrook, IL, has performed in Jerusalem with the Mediterranean-Gypsy band Tizmoret Amamit, featuring bassist Naor Carmi. He also has his own pop-jazz project, 310 Worlds, whose recording is available on CD Baby and iTunes. 

Composer Louis King of New York City writes a blog where he shares thoughts on being a composer and about artists that have influenced his craft. Visit

Blake Morgan of New York City released the album Diamond in the Dark. He is the founder and CEO of ECR Music Group and has been interviewed by the media about musicians’ royalties and copyright issues. 

Veronica Petrucci of Franklin, TN, has released Made It out Alive. She and her husband, Angelo Petrucci ’78, are touring to promote the album. Visit

Jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel of Lucerne, Switzerland, has been touring to promote his latest album Stars of Jupiter. He was recently featured on the cover of DownBeat magazine. Visit

Class of 1991

Adonis Aletras of Aglandjia, Cyprus, has had his music featured on TV shows including Duck Dynasty, America’s Next Top Model, Chef Roblé and Co., Hollywood Treasure, Animal Planet, Bar Rescue, and more, including CBS promos. 

Libby Landy of Bellevue, WA, played with the Synergia Northwest Orchestra and a star-studded roster of artists for the Music Matters concert to raise support for after-school music lessons in Seattle’s elementary schools.

Class of 1992

Steve DeMott of Darien, CT, engineered the vocal and choir recording sessions for Microsoft’s new Halo: Spartan Assault video game, which was released in July. 

Jay Jennings of Burbank, CA, was the sound designer for the films The Hangover Part III and Gangster Squad, and was the sound designer and rerecording mixer for The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane (which was nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for Best Sound Editing, Long Form Documentary).

In late 2012, Paul Young of London, England, was the musical director for a pantomime production of Peter Pan. This holiday season, he will work as the musical director for Puss in Boots

Bassist Bryan Beller of Nashville, TN, and his band the Aristocrats released Culture Clash, featuring guitarist Guthrie Govan and drummer Marco Minneman. 

Class of 1993

Reg Bloor of New York City and her band the Paranoid Critical Revolution released Crimson Canvas on Systems Neutralizers records. She recently performed in Paris, France, and Lublin, Poland, with the Glenn Branca Ensemble

Lori Cotler (aka LOIRE) of Montclair, NJ, is starring in The News, a reality opera composed by Jacob TV. Recently she performed with Glen Velez and Berklee professor Eugene Friesen and toured in the Netherlands with the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble. In 2014 she will tour with the Nationale Reisopera. Visit

Class of 1994

Guitarist “Metal Mike” Chlasciak of Wayne, NJ, released the solo album The Metalworker, as well as the instructional DVD Metal for Life through Guitar World magazine. Visit

Class of 1996

Pablo Ablanedo of Cambridge, MA, recently composed music for a collaborative work with photographer Laura Tenenbaum. It was performed by the French classical trio Meltem. Visit

Class of 1997

Sean-David McGoran of Fort Smith, AZ, released The Tuned in Musician, a creator- and community-centered approach to meditation for musicians. Visit

Joshua Craig Podolsky of Scottsdale, AZ, released the book Shredding Acoustic Guitar: Heavy Metal Meets the Acoustic Guitar through Alfred Music Publishing. He also fronts the band the Alien Blakk. Visit

Sarah Sharp of Austin, TX, and her quartet the Jitterbug Vipers released the album Phoebe’s Dream, and have been touring to promote the record. Visit

Class of 1998

Violinist Ernesto Briceño of Barcelona, Spain, is the leader of Cordes del Món, a 20-piece chamber orchestra that has been touring worldwide. He is also a teacher at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu. 

Brooke Fox of Brooklyn, NY, is the director of client and artist services for Visionary Media, a nonprofit that serves visually impaired musicians. Visit

Ben Goldberg of Brooklyn, NY, won first place in the Susanville Symphony’s Composition Competition in the American Composers Category. He recently conducted his piece Deception and has been commissioned for works by the Central Ohio Symphony and Reno Philharmonic Youth Strings Symphonia. Visit

Class of 1999

Guitarist David Laborier of Luxembourg was involved with two recent projects: the trio album Three’s a Crowd, and Gast Waltzing & LARGO’s album Jazzed Up in New Orleans. Visit

Alma Micic of Bronx, NY, released her third album, Tonight, which is a collaboration with producer-guitarist Doug Wamble. 

Oli Rockberger of Brooklyn, NY, released the album Old Habits, featuring performances by several Berklee alumni. He recently performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and will play in December at the Cotton Club in Tokyo, Japan, with the Will Lee Band. Visit

Jaleel Shaw of Paterson, NJ, completed tours with Roy Haynes, Mark de Clive Lowe, and Ben Williams and recently performed in North and South America. Visit

Alekos Vretos of Argolis, Greece, was included in the Athens Voice newspaper in the list “100 & 1 most influential people in the Greek music scene.” Visit

Accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman of Melbourne, FL, released the album Gig 365, which is based on his gigs during 2011. Visit

Ian Barkon of Monroe, CT, and Sara Roncarati ’00 were married on April 27. Both are music educators in Massachusetts. 

Scott Eisenberg has been touring as the front-of-the house engineer for the band Imagine Dragons since December 2012. The group is completing a world tour.

Richard Furch of North Hollywood, CA, mixed albums by India.Arie and Chrisette Michele for Motown Records, as well as TGT for Atlantic Records. Visit

Class of 2000

Elik Alvarez of Pasadena, CA, won the Goldspirit award in the Best Documentary Score category at the International Film Music Festival in Córdoba, Spain. He was a guest conductor for the Córdoba Symphony Orchestra during the awards ceremony. 

In August, Patrick Charles of Woodland Hills, CA, and his Makandel Group performed at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, Japan, with Gaku Murata ’04 (guitar) and Michael Roberts (saxophone). Charles is an Exodus Cymbals endorsee. Visit

Saxophonist Bob Reynolds of Los Angeles, CA, released the album Somewhere in Between. John Mayer, Aaron Parks, Eric Harland, Oli Rockberger, Janek Gwizdala, and John Shannon played on the CD. Visit

Gregg Stein of Framingham, MA, was recently appointed as the CEO of wireless speaker company Libratone Inc. Visit

Class of 2001

Christopher “Kip” Jones of Saint Paul, MN, performs and tours with the classical string quartet ETHEL. The group’s performance at the Santa Fe Opera was featured on a PBS special. 

Maria Morales (aka Majo Riviera) of Bogotá, Columbia, released the single “Yo Podría Ser.” See the song’s video at

Paulo Perfeito of Aldoar, Portugal, received a student award in DownBeat magazine for a performance with Paulo Perfeito’s Eastman 6tet. 

Brian Sturges of Los Angeles, CA, graduated from the Second City, Hollywood’s Conservatory Program, after an eight-week run of the original comedy show America: Made in China!, which he cowrote. He has been cast in The Really Awesome Improv Show.

Class of 2002

Calita of Rome, Italy, released her first CD, The Mission of Compassion, for which Marco Angelone ’12 was the artistic director. Calita also received a full-time assistantship and tuition fellowship at Drexel University in Philadelphia for Ph.D. studies in art therapy.

Joe Chinni of Boston, MA, and his brother Tony are part of the group the Deathrays, which recently released the CD Songs from a Vacuum. Chinni mixed and mastered the album, in addition to playing keyboards. Visit

Jeff Kalmbach of Oakland, CA, released his first self-produced instrumental guitar CD, This Is Not Here, and is touring northern California with the Spazmatics. 

Jessica Levy of Zurich, Switzerland, is responsible for promotion at Filmcoopi Zürich, an independent distributor of domestic and international films in Switzerland. Visit

Pianist and composer Aruán Ortíz of New York City curated the Music and Architecture Series at the club DROM in New York.

Rie Tsuji of Forest Hills, NY, has been Beyoncé’s touring keyboardist since 2006 and is currently her assistant music arranger. Tsuji has performed at the White House and at the 2013 Super Bowl. 

Cliff Beach of Los Angeles, CA, released the EP Who the Funk Is Cliff Beach? He was nominated for three Los Angeles Music Awards, including one in the Record of the Year category, and a Hollywood Music in Media Award. Visit

Kevin Casini of Hamden, CT, is counsel at Beatty & Beatty in Guilford, CT, working on property law, LLCs and commercial holdings, real estate, estate planning, foreclosures, tax appeals, civil and property defense, and entertainment, copyright and trademark law.

Class of 2003

Tiff Jimber of Santa Monica, CA, released the album The Foundation in September. It features Matt Bobb ’03 and Jonny Morrow ’02. Visit

Karin Ryan of Atlanta, GA, was named as the director of the Carter Center for Human Rights. Ryan works directly with former President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter helping victims of human rights abuse.

Marty Silverstone of Studio City, CA, completed an EP titled St. Sauveur. It was coproduced with Johannes Raassina ’04, and is affiliated with the Artists for Humanity charity. 

Class of 2004

Guitarist Andy Bianco of Brooklyn, NY, performed at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club with Nickel and Dime OPS. The band has a weekly residency at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club in Manhattan and released a new album this summer. Visit

Daniel McClain of Allston, MA, is featured as a singer/songwriter on the Earth, Wind & Fire album Now, Then & Forever, released in September. 

Yotam Rosenbaum of Los Angeles, CA, cofounded Earbits, a streaming-music service focusing on independent artists. Its roster includes more than 11,000 artists, including Berklee alumni. Visit

Edward Shearer of Brighton and Hove, England, made his debut as the producer, arranger, and mix engineer for Mvula Mandondo’s Ambush. He played a variety of instruments on the album. Visit

Michael Teoli of Tarzana, CA, released Absolutely Filthy Trax, featuring music from Brendan Hunt’s original play of the same name. It features Ben Levin ’11, Alistair Cooper ’04, and Tim Butterworth ’05. He also completed the music for Exorcistic: The Rock Musical Parody. Visit

Class of 2005

Mariana Iranzi of Astoria, NY, released her second children’s album, Hola Hello. Visit

In May, Shantell Ogden of Nashville, TN, completed her first tour in Scotland and Ireland. She was also interviewed for the women’s career book The Orange Line, and provided music for a video campaign by Children’s Attention Home for abused children. Visit

Drummer Bruno Tessele of Rio Grando Do Sul, Brazil, performed on the albums Tribo by João Taubkin and Na Hora by Michel Leme.

Nick Clark of Brooklyn, NY, directed and edited the videos “Home” by faculty member Melissa Ferrick, and “Beggar by the Weekend” by Matt Nakoa ’06 from the album Light in the Dark

Drummer Nikki Glaspie of Scotch Plains, NJ, has toured with Beyoncé and Ivan Neville. She recently released the EP Basic Minimum Skills Test with her group the Nth Power. Glaspie presented the Gratitude Harvest Festival in Dartmouth, MA, in September.

Class of 2006

Josh Giunta of Brooklyn, NY, released his first album as a producer and featured artist, Love Science Music. The album features 11 songs and 10 different vocalists in the r&b vein. Visit

Ayako Higuchi of Brooklyn, NY, works at Audiobrain, a sonic-branding firm in New York City, creating music for television commercials. She performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with Nobuki Takamen ’04. Her first album, Smooth, is available online.

Lauren (Hurd) Lench of Chattanooga, TN, composed the soundtrack for the documentary The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. The film is scheduled for national broadcast on PBS this fall. Visit

Dave Reffett of Woburn, MA, was on a recent cover of Gitar Plus magazine. He also worked on Michael Angelo Batio’s CD Intermezzo with Guthrie Govan, Craig Goldy, Jeff Loomis, and Rusty Cooley. Reffett also worked with guitarist George Lynch on the film Shadow Train: Under a Crooked Sky

Brothers Juan Felipe Uribe and Santiago Uribe ’10 of Bogatá, Colombia, own Audiobit Studios, specializing in electronic music production. They are also cofounders of the electronic band Purple Zippers. Visit

Class of 2007

Lian Amber of Austin, TX, was named the chairwoman of the board of the nonprofit Anthropos Arts, where she heads the vocal instruction program. She was also appointed as the CEO of loudspeaker manufacturer BASSMAXX. 

Jamie Lynn Fletcher of Greenleaf, WI, is touring Wisconsin in support of her new album Jamie

Lisa Testa of Warwick, NY, was named the director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, where she has worked since 2007.

John Wylie of Redondo Beach, CA, wrote music for Six Little McGhees for the Oprah Winfrey Network. He also wrote the theme and all music for season two of The Super. Wylie works at Bally Technologies in Las Vegas, NV, composing music and sound design for electronic gaming machines.

Class of 2008

Andrew Simon McAllister of Belfast, Ireland, scored the BBC historical drama 37 Days starring Ian McDiarmid and Geraldine James. He also wrote music for 13 Coins by Simon Bisley, which premiered at San Diego Comic-Con.

Class of 2009

Michael Wyatt of Salem, MA, and Mike Blong ’10 unveiled BandFrame, a Web design service for musicians. Visit

Melissa Aldana won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in September. Godwin Louis ’08 and Dean Tsur ’12 were among the 13 semifinalists.

Phillip-Michael Scales (aka Briar Rabbit) of West Bloomfield, MI, completed the album From Your Bones for a January 2014 release. Visit

Paul Wandtke of Romeoville, IL, had his article “Rock Drum Soloing 101” published in the May issue of Modern Drummer magazine. He is also the drummer for the musical Rock of Ages. Visit

Class of 2010

David Bawiec of North Hollywood, CA, wrote music for Peepshow, National Geographic’s Kingdom of the Oceans, and Arrested Development (season four). He also produced the debut album by The Off Chance. Visit

In June, singer/songwriter Tucker Jameson of Austin, TX, released his EP Son of Superbia, followed with a summer tour. Visit

Vocalist Kalie Martin of Richfield, PA, has traveled extensively as a singer for Playlist Productions for Carnival Cruise Lines

Liz Turner of Portsmouth, NH, released her debut EP, Ciao Bambino, featuring Eitan Kenner ’12, Joe Clar ’09, David Tammaro ’10, and Ali Aiman ’10. Visit

Class of 2011

Attorney Shai Littlejohn of Nashville, TN, was recently featured in Woman’s Day and Making Music magazines.

Will Makar of the Woodlands, TX, and his band the Red Line released the album Perfect Waste of Time, featuring alumni Cody Garrett ’10, Ricardo White ’10, and Rick Carr ’11. They recently performed on the side stage at a John Mayer concert. 

Adolfo Torres of Boston, MA, recently put out a progressive hard-rock EP with his band Dirty Tongue. 

Jeff Hale of Boston, MA, plays with Hillary Reynolds ’11, Trevor Jarvis ’09 and Chris Mewhinney ’10 in the Hillary Reynolds Band. They opened for Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons at the Appleton, WI, Mile of Music Festival. Visit

Brandon H. Allen of Boston, MA, performs with the John Hanifin Band and provided keyboards and backing vocals on the band’s latest album. Visit

Class of 2012

Sean Peters of Watertown, MA, practices massage and health care with Momentum Healthcare LLC in Boston, MA.

Felix Martin of Los Angeles, CA, released The Scenic Album on Prosthetic Records, featuring a 14-string guitar that he developed. The album features Nathan Navarro ’11 on bass. Visit

Youngae Jung of Medford, MA, released her debut album The Man I Love, featuring faculty member Doug Johnson, Greg Feingold ’11, John Wood ’11, and Takesh Obayashi ’10. Visit

In April, Troy Cartwright Dixon of Dallas, TX, won the B.W. Stevenson Songwriting Competition. Visit 

Class of 2013

Composer Riley Hughes of Montague, MI, has done internships with J.A.C. Redford and JoAnn Kane Music Services.