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Class of 1972

David A. Boatwright of Shelburne Falls, MA, was a founding member of the Loose Caboose band, and recorded the album Dealer’s World with Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1981. Boatwright later joined the Equalites and recorded five CDs with the group.

Class of 1975

Douglas Cooper Getschal of Jupiter, FL, and Alan Palanker, co-owners of Palm Beach Jazz Records, topped the Billboard Smooth Jazz Song Chart with the Jazz Holdouts’ song “Summer Nights.”

Class of 1977

Tony Corman of Berkeley, CA, and his Morchestra jazz orchestra play often in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recent concerts included a program of Corman’s Brazilian big band arrangements and concerts with guest vocalist Clairdee. Visit tonycorman.com.

Class of 1978


Stan Bann of Eden Prairie, MN, released an album of his original jazz and concert works for low brass entitled Penmanship. Visitors can download the album at stanbann.com.

Class of 1978

Phil Bondi of Bonita Springs, FL, is a busy piano technician in Southwest Florida. Visit philbondi.com.

Class of 1979

Ken Field of Cambridge, MA, was a 2017 finalist in music composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He played on the soundtracks for a special program of the animated films by his late wife Karen Aqua at the Animator Festival in Poznan, Poland in July. Visit kenfield.org.

Jonathan R. Lax of Summit, NJ, recently performed under the baton of Doc Severinsen at the 2017 International Trumpet Guild Conference. Lax recently interviewed Tony Scodwell ’63 for an upcoming issue of Brass Herald magazine.

Class of 1980

Mary Ellen Skeesick of Victoria, MN, just released a new childrens music book entitled Do Re Mi, Line Space Key, Sing with Me. Visit maryellenskeesick.com.

Drummer Bill Spoke of Hollywood, CA, is co-leading the Gary Herbig & Bill Spoke Quintet in jazz gigs throughout the Los Angeles area. Visit facebook.com/gbqjazz.

Class of 1983

Carol Evans of New Orleans, LA, joined NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, a group that provides workshops for voice actors and announcers.

Class of 1985


Saxophonist Sonya Jason of Montara, CA, released her fourth solo CD,Feels So Good: Live in Half Moon Bay. The album is a tribute to the contemporary jazz artists of the 70s and 80s. Visit sonyaJason.com.

Matt Rollings of Nashville, TN, coproduced Wille Nelson’s Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin album, which won 2017 Grammy in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. Currently, he is producing a new album for the group Blues Traveler and touring with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Visit mattrollings.com.

Class of 1985

Ricardo Ferrari of Nova Friburgo, Brazil, is working on the Lone Bassist Project, composing and arranging pieces for solo bass guitar.

Bill Myregaard of Richmond, VT, teaches music at various schools in Vermont and plays in the bands Dark Star Project and The Willoughbys. Visit Iaamusic.weebly.com.

Class of 1986

Artist and musician James T. Callahan of Hillsborough, NJ, is a fine art and commercial photographer and a professional drummer. Visit jamestcallahanphotographer.

Ronald R. Carter of Jeffersonville, VT, released The Flying Pirate Circus, his third album of pirate music and sea songs for all ages. Featured musicians include trumpeter Bob Bean ’86. Visit rockinronthefriendlypirate.com.

Guitarist and composer Kevin Kastning of Groton, MA, recently released the albums the Line to Three with guitarist Mark Wingfield and Invocation with guitarist Sándor Szabó. Vsit kevinkastning.com.

Keijo Pennanen of Vantaa, Finland, wrote the book Contemporary Picking Etudes for Mel Bay Publishing. The book’s 23 original compositions explore pick-style guitar technique.

Class of 1987


Steve Dawson of Chicago, IL, cowrote a book on songwwriting with Mark Caro titled Take It to the Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside You. Visit stevedawsonmusic.com.

Class of 1987

In April, Chris Jentsch of Brooklyn, NY, released the album Fractured Pop on the Fleur de Son label. Visit chrisjentsch.com.

Class of 1988

James “JamBoy” Boyer of Old Tappan, NJ, was installed as the 61st rotary district governor for district 7490 that serves 50 rotary clubs in three New Jersey counties.

Class of 1989

Kiyotaka Takiyama of Omeshi, Japan, has toured and recorded with various Japanese artists and released several drum programming and instructional DVDs. Follow him on Instagram @kiyo_takiyama.

Class of 1990


Amy Engelhardt of Los Angeles, CA, made her off-Broadway debut as the composer and lyricist for Bastard Jones, a rock musical based on Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling.


Kevin Rapillo of Nashville, TN, has toured as the music director and drummer for country artist Rodney Atkins.

Class of 1991

Heather Edwards of New York City won in the Outstanding Musical Direction category at the 2017 OnStage Theatre Awards for her work on Sweeney Todd with City Island Theater Group. Visit heatheredwards.net.

Class of 1992

Jay Jennings of Burbank, CA, did sound design for Transformers: The Last Knight. He is designing sound for the upcoming films Meg and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Visit birdhousesound.com.

Sly West of Los Angeles, CA, was an assistant music editor for the film War for the Planet of the Apes, editing the score’s orchestra and choir cues. Visit slywest.com.

Class of 1993

Drummer Steve Langone of Waltham, MA, released the CD Breathe with the Steve Langone Trio featuring Dave Zinno ’80 (bass) and assistant professor Kevin Harris (piano). Showcasing originals, standards, and a folksong, the album was released by the Whaling City Sound label.

Class of 1994

Jordan Feinstein of San Francisco, CA, is playing in some 30 bands. He also leads his own band Jordan and the Ritual and recently performed with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Visit jordanandtheritual.com.


Since founding Last Stop Records in 2000, Alex James Muscat of Daly City, CA, has produced and engineered recordings for Bay Area artists. His own fifth studio album, Desire’s Path, which features his compositions, will be released this fall.

Ricardo Rosselló, the governor of Puerto Rico, recently appointed Pedro Rúa-Jovet of San Juan, as the Puerto Rico film Commissioner. Rúa-Jovet previously served as the president of the Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation. Visit puertoricofilm.org.

Class of 1996

Rudi-Renoir Appoldt of Lucerne, Switzerland, organized a piano festival to be staged in an empty indoor swimming pool in Lucerne between October 12 and 14. Appoldt and Larry Edoff ’94 of Transuranic Muse will perform, as will Jean-Pierre Maillard ’98. Visit piano-im-pool.ch.

Kevin Kaska of Encino, CA, is producing three albums with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, featuring two albums of concert music, and one with professor Louis Stewart featuring the musical Cambodia Agonistes. Kaska is currently orchestrating for the TV show Orville, and the upcoming film The Greatest Showman. The Kevin Kaska Jazz Orchestra will release an album of original music this fall.


Ed Lima of Burbank, CA, was named audio manager for Binari Sonori, a subsidiary of Keywords Studios, in Los Angeles. Lima has composed music, designed sound effects, and directed dialogue and voiceover for some of the biggest selling games in the industry. Visit binarisonori.com.


Geoff Zanelli of Woodland Hills, CA, took over scoring duties from Hans Zimmer and scored Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,. The film is on pace to earn more than $800 million in worldwide box office receipts. Zanelli is also scoring the video game Star Citizen: Squadron 42. Visit geoffzanelli.com.

Class of 1998

Singer/songwriter and producer Emmanouela Maria Kourou of Marousi-Athens, Greece, is the artistic director of the Fame Academy of Greece. Kourou was a voice coach for X Factor of Greece in 2008, and owns the recording studio Twenty8. Visit twenty8recordingstudio.com.

Takashi Yoshida of Quito, Ecuador is studying to become a professional national guide of Ecuador.

Class of 2000

Jonathan Perkins of Antioch, TN, played on the newest Chainsmokers album, Memories . . . Do Not Open. He recently signed a production and publishing deal with Writerslist.

Saxophonist Bob Reynolds of Studio City, CA, released the album Hindsight. It features seven original tunes with Aaron Goldberg (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass), and Obed Calvaire (drums) backing Reynolds. Visit bobreynoldsmusic.com.

Gregg Stein of Framingham, MA, is the vice president of global sales for the London-based company Kano. Stein has formerly worked for ROLI, Libratone Inc., Behringer Music, Line 6, and Avedis Zildjian, to name a few. Visit greggstein.com.

Class of 2001

Nic Knight of Taos, NM, is operating a nonprofit artist residency program for creative artists, composers, and songwriters. For more information, visit wurlitzerfoundation.org.

Opal Leung of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, worked on a case study for Ivey Publishing titled “OrganiGram: Navigating the Cannabis Industry with ‘Grey Knowledge.’”

Neil Santos of Hudson, NH, was a finalist in the rock/alt category in the 2016 Great American Songwriting Competition with his song “Road Rage.”

Class of 2002


Cliff Beach of Los Angeles, CA released his third solo album,The Gospel According to Cliff Beach, on October 6. Visit cliffbeachmusic.com.

Class of 2003

Marc Cincone of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is the head of development for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Tim Dvorkin of Columbus, OH, and the Tim Dvorkin Trio released the album Live & Raw. Visit timdvorkin.com.

In May, Shawn Thwaites of Sacramento, CA, released the debut album by the Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet. Visit strq.tv.

Class of 2004

On October 20, singer, songwriter, and pianist Oli Rockberger of London, England, will release his new album Sovereign. The the record chronicles his move from New York back to his hometown of London. Visit olirockberger.com.


Adriana Duarte of London, England, cowrote “One More Mistake I Made” with Nashville star Vince Gill for his album Down to My Last Bad Habit. Duarte is also pursuing a master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the University of London. Visit adrianarozario.com.

Drummer Omar Ledezma Jr. of San Leandro, CA, has played on several albums, including the 2014 Grammy winner Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Visit omarledezmajr.com.

Rebecca Loebe of Austin, TX, released Blink, her fourth studio album and recently completed a European tour. Over the past decade, she has played 120 shows per year. Visit rebeccaloebe.com.

Shinya Ikuta of Hamamatsu, Japan, organized a children’s concert for the Hamamatsu World Music Festival 2017.

Class of 2005


Vocalist Cristal Marie of New York City performed at the 46th General Assembly of American States in 2016, and was profiled on the web-series,El Maestro Unplugged. She was featured as a voice and guest star on América Teve’s “Somos Tu Voz” (“We Are Your Voice”) national TV campaign. Visit cristalmarie.com.

Julián Midón of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and his group Tres Pajaritos released the album The Jimi Hendrix Experimento, wrote music for the theater play Babilonia, and toured with the children’s music show Volverte a Encontrar. Visit julianmidon.blogspot.com.ar.

Bruno Miranda of Brandon, FL, a two-time Latin Grammy nominee, has released the instrumental album Chapter II. Visit brunomirandamusic.com.

Pianist and singer Christie-Gayane Sochakian Kanska of Marlborough, MA, completed the album,Le Rêve: The Dream, which features an original instrumental composition and eight bossa nova songs. Visit facebook.com/christie.kanska.

Class of 2006

Benjamin Guerrero of El Paso, TX, is pursuing a Ph.D. at Eastman School of Music. Visit benguerrero.com.


Samantha Nelson (aka Sammi Nicks) of Lake Elsinore, CA, has toured as a background vocalist with Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, and Duran Duran. She has sung on sessions for numerous artists and TV productions.

Guitarist Michael Kohl of Los Angeles, CA, bassist Ken Christianson, drummer Eric Kalver ’09 and keyboardist Tim Lillis ’09 perform as Extra Lives for weekly live performances of classic video-game themes. Visit extralivesmusic.com.

Class of 2008

Federico Jankilevich of San Jose, Costa Rica, is a transactional lawyer aiding musicians, artists, and athletes that want to relocate to and from South America. Visit globalcorpsa.com.

Nicole Labrecque of Charleston, SC, is the ticketing operations manager at the Charleston Gaillard Center and pursuing a master’s degree in business design and arts leadership.

Class of 2009


In September, jazz bassist, vocalist, and composer Katie Thiroux of Long Beach, CA, released the album Off Beat for Capri Records. During the summer, she was an artist-in-residence at Quincy Jones’s Dubai nightclub Q’s Bar and Lounge.

Bob Bradshaw of Jamaica Plain, MA, released his seventh album of original songs,American Echoes, in October. Visit bobbradshaw.net.

Philip McGowan of Los Angeles, CA recorded and mixed composer John Paesano’s score for Marvel’s Defenders on Netflix. Visit mcgowansoundworks.com.

Sandro Morales of Sherman Oaks, CA, was the music composer for the documentary Out of Iraq, which won the Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Special Class Program category in 2017. Visit sandromorales.com.

Erin Quinlan of Jersey City, NJ, wrote the musical God Save Queen Pam, which will premiere off-Broadway in 2018. Visit erinmurrayquinlan.com.

Jeremy Reinhold of Portland, OR, is the principal accompanist for the Portland Ballet. He teaches piano and composition at the Reinhold Music Studio.

Pete Sabramowicz of Valley Glen, CA, works for Line 6 as a technical support representative. He also freelances as a guitarist, engineer, and consultant.

Class of 2010

Alexandra Borden of Los Angeles, CA, wrote orchestrations for the musical The Civility of Albert Cashier, which premiered in August at Stage 773 in Chicago. She is currently scoring the movie Project: Puppies for Christmas. Visit alexabordenmusic.com.

Leland Edgecombe of Hyattsville, MD, is an adjunct professor of jazz studies at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD. Visit montgomerycollege.edu.


Martin Nessi of Glendale, CA, was the music mixer for Michael Jackson’s 3D Thriller. He was also the mixing and vocal recording engineer for Céline Dion’s “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and the vocal producer and vocal mixer for Josh Groban’s “Evermore,” both of which were recorded for the movie Beauty and the Beast. He is working with Dion and Groban on new albums. Visit martinnessi.com.

Cameron Outlaw of Brooklyn, NY, released his debut album Half Asleep in July for Whirling Wolf Recordings, based in Amsterdam. The cross-genre electronic album features vocalists Ingrid Bock ’11, Miranda Glory ‘16, and others. Visit camoutlaw.com.

Class of 2011

The album Stranded in the Present Tense by Ryan Harris Brown of Nashville, TN, landed in the top 40 on the singer/songwriter charts on the day of its release. Visit ryanharrisbrown.com.

Miguel Guerrero Arnaiz of Lima, Peru, performed a live synthesizer score for a local theater production,Biopsia. He also released experimental electronic music tracks under the artist name Vulcan Sessions with Andreas Wittich ’11. Visit despuesdelarte.com.


Natasha Key of Los Angeles, CA, is the studio assistant for film composer Christopher Young and is a composer for Megatrax. She is currently working on an EDM orchestral album. Visit imdb.me/natashakey.

Mikel Hurwitz of West Hollywood, CA, worked with composer Danny Elfman’s team on upcoming the film Justice League. Hurwitz also scored Gente-fied, which premiered at Sundance in January.

Mario Jose of Van Nuys, CA, debuted at number 33 on the iTunes pop charts with his first original EP,Heart of Gold. He has performed across America with Post Modern Jukebox and is co-headlining The Heart, Hope & Love Tour. Visit mariojosemusic.com.

Audio director, music supervisor, and composer, Yong Kim of Seongnam-Si, South Korea, is working on The Lost Ark, one of the most anticipated online games for 2018. He is recording the score with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Abbey Road and Air studios in London.

Class of 2012

Drummer Alessandro Lombardo of London, U.K., has been playing with Aubrey Logan ’10 for her European shows. Lombardo has also been the main drum sub for the West End show Bat Out of Hell. Visit alombardo.com.

Drummer Diego Joaquin Ramirez of Woodside, NY, and his band Sula were finalists in the 2017 DCJazzPrix Competition. Following their competition performance, they received invitations to play at jazz festivals in the Washington, D.C., area.

Lance Tobin of Allston, MA, has worked for four years booking top acts for the Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA.

Indie pop rock artist Alyse Vellturo (aka Pronoun) of Brooklyn, NY, released a new EP titled Use Passport to Choose a New Location. At the 2017 SXSW festival, she was named among the top 100 acts by National Public Radio.

Class of 2013


Drummer Harry Miree of Nashville, TN, has spent 2017 drumming for the country duo LoCash, headlining the Live Nation’s Ones to Watch Tour across North America. Visit harrymiree.com.


Alisa Apreleva Kolomeytseva of Swampscott, MA, published a 272-page textbook in Russia entitled Musician as a Volunteer: Therapeutic Applications of Music in Medical and Social Settings. The free electronic version of the book is downloadable at diaconia.ru/book/5967698b416da1b7318b4567.

Class of 2013

Sarah Martinico of Sherman Oaks, CA, has partnered with BMG and ProTools for the first-ever royalty-bearing producer loops package called Strictly Rhythm Producer Loops. Martinico curated the package to contain loops, stems, and a cappella voices from hits from the 1990s. Visit bmg.com.

Ryo Tanaka of Los Angeles, CA, tours with the punk band Peelander-Z. The Village Voice recently profiled the band. Visit ryotanaka.net.

Erica Thomas of Atlanta, GA, was named the 2015–16 Teacher of the Year at the Utopian Academy for the Arts charter school. Visit utopianacademyforthearts.com/thomas-profile.

Class of 2014

Byungseok Lee of Busan, South Korea, recorded, mixed, and mastered the When the Wind Blows album by Choi Sung Ho ’14, featuring Sungho Choi ’11 (guitar), Do Young Kim ’13 (bass), Hanearl Lee (piano) and Seon yeol Baek (drums). The album received the 2017 Korea Music Award for best jazz album of the year. Visit blog.naver.com/byungsukmc.

Class of 2015


Alán Hensley of Oakland, CA, has been hired to head the Latino department of Empire Distribution. The independent music company is focused largely on urban music. Visit workbyalan.squarespace.com.


Lithuanian composer and singer Simona Minns of Revere, MA, founded the contemporary performance company, SynTheater that produces theatrical performances, artistic workshops and networking events for artists in the Greater Boston Area. In May, Minns released her debut album,A Hunger Artist, for which she wrote and sang all the music. The album is available on major streaming platforms, and on physical CD through CD Baby. Visit simonaminns.com.

Max Wolpert of Boulder, CO, composed a viola concerto titled Giants, which appears on the new recording Harberg and Wolpert: Viola Concertos. Released on the Naxos label, the album also includes Amanda Harberg’s viola concerto and elegy. All three works were written for soloist Brett Deubner. Visit bit.ly/2tNSB9U.

Class of 2016

Matthew Alain Boerner of Seattle, WA, graduated in July from the Seattle Film Institute with a master of music degree in film composition. Visit matthewalainboerner.com.


Nacho Gonzalez of Boston, MA, co-founded ULabMusic.com, a startup within Univision and Fusion Media Group. It focuses on identifying emerging talent and developing digital content for the different platforms. Gonzalez also just released his debut album Illegal Grooves featuring John Patitucci, Hugo Fattoruso, Terence Blanchard, George Garzone, and Ruben Rada. Visit nachogon.com.

Julian Harris of Fort Lauderdale, FL, plays guitar for the Backroom Allstars at the Fish House in Miami every Thursday night, appearing with local luminaries. Harris and his band Soulpax will release an album this fall featuring vocalist Julia Camayd ’16.

In July, Kangri Kim of Gyeonggi, South Korea, released his first jazz EP,Keep the Beauty of Time Flow. It features Beomyul Yu ’08 (drums), and Joongkyuk Kim (bass), and is available on iTunes.


Film composer David Murillo of Los Angeles, CA, scored a film in Puerto Rico telling the story of reggaeton artist Hector El Father. Murillo worked on about 50 productions, which include the award-winning movie Between Sea and Land, a Colombian TV show in development titled Y Donde Es El Partido, and an Egyptian documentary Nefertiti’s Daughters. Visit davidmurillor.com.

Class of 2017

Diego Herrera of Ontario, CA, scored a short film directed by Camilo Ramirez called Not a Monster. Herrera is working as a vocal producer for the Colombian band Treemenage and produced their song “Lighter.” He also mixed the song “All that I Want” for Chiara Useche.

Hannah Kang of Northbrook, IL, is completing an internship at Electronic Creatives with Laura Escudé.