Class of 1969

James (Jamie) Murphy of Watertown, MA, has released his latest single “Happy Just to Be Me.” The “old-time country-style song” is about accepting yourself as you are. Visit

Class of 1970

Baritone saxophonist Tony Jordan of Alexandria, VA, is a performer, manager, and personnel director of Bob Gibson Big Band as well as a performer and assistant manager of Big Band Tradition. Visit,

Class of 1971

Saxophonist Steve Sechi of Danbury, CT, released the ’70s-style Fox Force 5: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album for Brotherman Records in July. The album was composed, arranged, and coproduced by Sechi and Joel Rosenblatt.

Class of 1973

Pianist John Harrison of New Bedford, MA, released the live album Stagedoor Live!, featuring vocalist Dori Rubbicco, bassist Bill Miele, guitarist Donn Legge, saxophonist Bryan Steele, cellist Ian Rubbicco Legge ’13, and assistant chair of percussion Yoron Israel.

Class of 1974

Stan Schertzer of Webster, MA, has released the choral piece “Life Is a Journey,” published by Renforth Music. Schertzer also plays keyboards with his son, Adam, in the four-piece SMS Jazz Project. Visit

Walter Guthrie of Sarasota, FL, works in telecommunications management and plays professionally. He has shared the stage with Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon, Lou Donaldson, Ramsey Lewis, Pieces of a Dream, Peabo Bryson, and others.

Class of 1975

Rob Mounsey of Brooklyn, NY, coproduced, arranged, and conducted tracks for the deluxe edition of Brett Eldredge’s holiday album Glow. He is also producing singer/songwriter Kate Shutt, and has written arrangements for singers Terje Nilsen and Bryn Terfel. Visit

Alan Tauber of Arlington, MA, owns the 31-year-old percussion school DrumConnection. The school closed its retail shop in July, but continues to hold classes for kids and adults. Visit

Class of 1976

Vibraphonist Jerry Tachoir of Hendersonville, TN, and his wife Marlène Desbiens Tachoir ’77 premiered “Reflections,” a jazz suite Marlène wrote for vibraphone and piano, at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Visit,

Edward M. Michalik of Shenandoah, PA, recently retired to pursue various music projects including the Funky Rooster Band and the Wingmasters Polka Band.

Class of 1977

Tony Corman of Berkeley, CA, is the director and arranger for Tony Corman’s Morchestra Jazz Orchestra, which has recently played concerts at Bay Area venues. Visit

Steven Saltzman of Los Angeles, CA, became a new member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Visit

Class of 1978

Guitarist Mark Elias of Closter, NJ, is founder and president of Elegant Music Group, which provides ceremony and cocktail musicians, bands, and DJs. Elias also leads the Savory Stompers. Visit

Class of 1979

Guitarist Carl Michel of Ann Arbor, MI, has released Music in Motian (The Compositions of Paul Motian), featuring 10 of Motian’s compositions. Visit

Daniel O’Donnell of Merrimack, NH, retired in 2015 after working for 40 years as the music director and high school administrator in Nashua, NH. He is now a realtor at Keller Williams Realty and still plays and teaches music. Visit

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria of Bronx, NY, is a Grammy-nominated bandleader, composer, arranger, educator, and documentary filmmaker. In January, Sanabria received the Jazz Education Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He recently released the double album West Side Story Reimagined, a Latin jazz reworking of West Side Story. Visit

Trumpeter Jonathan Lax of Summit, NJ, performed in June at the Alamo under the baton of Doc Severinsen. Lax also performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Class of 1981

Dave Hammond of Denver, CO, completed his 25th year as director of bands at Denver School of the Arts (DSA). This year DSA bands and ensembles won two DownBeat Awards and gained accolades at the Mingus High School Competition, the National Concert Band Festival, and the National Orchestra Cup competition.

Ronald Hartwell of Dayton, OH, is the CEE of Different Hats Music and participates in a range of services including performance, promotion, production, composition, arranging, and education. Visit

Bassist Dave Mercure of North Andover, MA, released Gravity with his trio, TRIchrO, featuring drummer Mark Fairweather ’88 and pianist Eriko Yamaki Mercure ’13. The album includes original compositions by Mercure, and is available on major digital platforms. Visit

Class of 1982

Mark Buselli of Indianapolis, IN, is currently the director of jazz studies at Ball State University and was recently inducted into the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame.

Class of 1984

Fernando González of Miami Beach, FL, is the international editor of JAZZIZ magazine, writer for Artburst Miami, editor of the music blog Jazz With an Accent, and associate editor for print & special projects for the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. He won an Emmy as an editor and writer for the WGBH documentary Notes from the Mambo Inn: The Story of Mario Bauzá. He is an active producer, educator, radio host, and arts administrator. Visit

Peter Scott of Yardley, PA, has launched a high-tech drum teaching and recording studio, Gregory Tech Drum Center. He has performed with Richie Cole ’67 and Nelson Rangell, and for productions at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Visit

Class of 1985

Eric Gross of Freehold, NJ, has received the 2018 Monmouth County Arts Education award for Outstanding Educator in the Performing Arts.

Alun Harries of Swansea, UK, has played with the Capital City Jazz Orchestra in Cardiff, Wales, and is music director for the Lisa Kwei Band. He teaches in London and elsewhere, and drums for the Symphonic Brass of London. He recently relocated to South Wales and established a drum teaching studio. He and his wife, Lisa Kwei, are expecting a baby in November. Visit

Chris Kase of Moralzarzal, Spain, has released the book Trumpet Methods, published by Mountain Peak Music. His quartet’s new album, Let Go, was released on Errabal Jazz. Visit

Arnon Palty of Haifa, Israel, is a senior lecturer at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He penned the book Connecting Points in Jazz Dialects: The Methamorphic Process, published by Ono Academic College of Music Press.

Class of 1986

Percussionist Sam Anstice Brown of Breakish, Scotland, has specialized in hypnosis for musicians since 1999. Brown is currently treating those suffering with focal dystonia. Visit

Drummer James T. Callahan of Hillsborough, NJ, works as a photographer and also posts YouTube videos of his drumming. Visit

Saxophonist Tommy Smith of Larkhall, Scotland, directed the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in Sweet Sister Suite, a new recording showcasing works by the late jazz composer Kenny Wheeler. Smith among the album’s soloists. Visit

Class of 1987

Patrick L. Smith of Jersey City, NJ, a six-time Emmy nominee, recently won in the Outstanding Live and Direct to Tape Sound category for his work on The Harry Show. He was also nominated for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special for Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver. Visit

Class of 1988

Flutist Gina Seraichyk of Jamestown, RI, is a freelance performer and flute teacher at Roberts Music in RI. She can be heard on the PBS documentary Ida Lewis, Keeper of the Light. Visit

Class of 1989

Christian Le Délézir of Brec’h, France, did a summer tour playing solo flute. His piece Voyage en Exatonie has been performed more than 200 times across Europe. Since 2015, Délézir has also exhibited his collection of drawings and photographs called Photochromies. Visit

Vocalist and bassist Kurt Ribak of Berkeley, CA, released ONWARD, his fifth album of jazz originals. ONWARD and Ribak’s previous album both feature Alan Hall ’79 on drums. After reconstructive surgery on his left hand suffered in a car wreck, Ribak still plays the bass. Visit

Eric Stengaard Hansen of Hellerup, Denmark, works as a train engineer at Lokaltog A/S Hillerød.

Rodrigo de Castro Lopes of São Paulo, Brazil, twice nominated for Best Engineering at the Latin Grammys, won a Latin Grammy in 2017 for the album Dance of Time by Eliane Elias. He and Elias won a Grammy in 2015 for Made in Brazil. Visit

Class of 1991

Marie (Nanette) Perrotte of Greenfield, NH, is founder of LUX Lifestyle, a lifestyle company for creative entrepreneurs. Perrotte lectures nationwide on Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Josephine Baker, and bebop. She gigs as a jazz vocalist. Visit

Pianist Thomas Snow of Yarmouth, ME, has toured and recorded with folk legend Jonathan Edwards for eight years and recently directed Edwards’s new live DVD with Berklee professor Livingston Taylor. Snow launched an online instructional platform for piano studies this fall. Visit

Class of 1992

Jay Jennings of Burbank, CA, was accepted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He serves as supervising sound designer for Birdhouse Sound. Visit

Gene Kelly of Watertown, MA, teaches private piano and voice lessons in the Greater Boston area. Visit

Class of 1993

Jared Faber of Los Angeles, CA, composed the music for Teen Titans GO! to the Movies. Farber is also the composer for ABC’s Splitting Up Together and DreamWorks’ The Epic Tale of Captain Underpants, and he wrote the theme for the Netflix series The Boss Baby: Back in Business. Visit

Joe Sweet of Chicago, IL, recently created a promotional video with Joe Shadid for Reverb Gives, which donates to underserved school music programs. Sweet worked as a public- school music educator for 24 years and developed the guitar program at Lane Tech College Prep School.

Class of 1994

Drummer Fred Eltringham of Nashville, TN, has played with Sheryl Crow for six years and appears on her latest album, Be Myself. He has also played with artists including the Dixie Chicks, and kd lang. He was named Academy of Country Music Drummer of the Year for 2018. Visit

Glenn (Casey) Mallow of Elmira Heights, NY, is a professional musician, teacher, and arts coordinator for the Arc of Schuyler, where he provides music programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Class of 1995

Carlos DeSoto of Altamonte Springs, FL, owns the online music lesson company Museum Park Music and is developing an ear training and sight-singing app. DeSoto earned a master’s in jazz performance from the University of Miami. His band, Estate Sale Boat, released Coast in January. Visit

This fall, Juan Gomez of Kitchener, Canada, launched DXtreme Music Studio with a new album and videos. Visit

Jen Chapin of Brooklyn, NY, spent the last five years touring, earning a master’s degree in education, and teaching high school social studies. She is recording her next album with the Jen Chapin Trio, featuring guitarist Jamie Fox and bassist Stephan Crump. Visit

Class of 1997

Bassist and composer Paco Charlín of Pontevedra, Spain, released the album Nomads, featuring saxophonist Dayna Stephens ’01, trumpeter Philip Dizack, pianist Xan Campos, drummer Kyle Poole, and poet Kevin Weatherill. Visit

Steve Thibideau of Commerce Township, MI, recently joined modern Italian music group Viaggio Italiano. Thibideau recently performed with two big bands and a jazz quintet in the Detroit area.

Class of 1998

Bryan Cook of Los Angeles, CA, has mixed songs for One Republic, and recently mixed U2’s “Lights of Home (St. Peter’s String Version).” Cook also recorded Billy Corgan’s acoustic set ’Neath the Darkest Eves. Visit

Class of 1999

Maylyn Murphy (Atkinson) founded Music Nation Academy in 2012. The academy offers music lessons in voice, piano, guitar, violin, ukulele, and percussion, as well as classes in performance and musical theater. Visit

Nick LaPointe of Encino, CA, works as director of rights management at AdRev, helping artists and writers monetize their music on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and other online platforms.

Class of 2001

Christine Aufderhaar of Berlin, Germany, will have her music performed by the Tonhalle Orchester at the Zurich Film Festival, and participate in a panel discussion at the Cannes Film Festival. She is a jurist for many film music competitions, and is currently working on two feature film projects. Visit

Issa A. Bibbins of Dorchester, MA, released the single “Undiagnosed” from his project The Treatment. The National Alliance on Mental Illness partnered with Pearl for the World for this release. Visit

Sly de Moya of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, founded Escuela de Música at the University Nacional Pedro Herníquez Ureña with his father and Corey Allen ’78. de Moya has played percussion with saxophonist Ed Calle, bassist Oscar Stagnaro, singer Carol Welsman, and others.

Paloma Duenas of Miami, FL, works in music therapy, specializing in autism and sensory integration disorders. Through her company palomARTS Duenas offers OHM Sessions that use sound vibrations to reduce stress and realign a patient’s energy. Visit

Brian Sturges of Los Angeles wrote, directed, and scored the slapstick feature film Wall of Flesh: A Vintage Comedy. Visit or

Elan Trotman of Hyde Park, MA, has released Incomparable, available for download on all major platforms. The album’s island-pop instrumental songs include the single “Carnival Fever.” Visit

Class of 2002

Rashida Burch-Washington of Rochester, NY, serves as program director for Rochester’s urban alternative station 100.9 FM WXIR, focusing on independent music and community talk programming. Visit or

Bassist and vocalist Jeff Denson of Berkeley, CA, released the album Outside My Window, featuring originals and covers of songs by Jeff Buckley, Peter Gabriel, and others. Backing musicians include saxophonist Dayna Stephens ’01, drummer Ronen Itzik ’03, and pianist Kari Ikonen. Visit

Josefin Holmberg of London, England, worked as a professional musician for 10 years before becoming a partner at True Search. She remains an active member of the London Symphony Chorus. Visit

Class of 2003

Ryan David Green of Tucson, AZ, was featured with his acoustic duo Ryanhood in the September issue of Acoustic Guitar. The duo was recently named “Discovery of the Year” by WFUV NYC and was voted Most Wanted Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Visit

Lefteris Carvelas (Ioannou) of Athens, Greece, recently signed to Universal Music and released his first orchestral concept album, 1+1=ENA (1+1=ONE) in collaboration with artist Vasiliki Sofianou. Visit

Chris Clapp of Nashville, TN, has reentered the music industry as an administrator at Universal Music Publishing Group. Clapp formerly worked at the artist management firm Vector Management until pivoting to the financial services industry in 2006.

Nikki DePasquale-Gauvin of Lexington, MA, is founder and owner of Music & Motion Studios, and has provided promotional video and music services for five years. Visit

Singer/songwriter Gemma Genazzano (Dayton) of Barcelona, Spain, is collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Joe Scott for her new album. Her singles “Fire” and “Heaven” were released last spring. Genazzano’s music has been featured on Today and performed at prestigious venues worldwide. Visit

Class of 2004

Gennaro Ammendola Delgado of Mexico City, Mexico, released a self-titled debut album with metal band Black Trip. The band has opened for Bad Arolsen, Exodus, Overkill, Sepultura, Anthrax, and many others. Visit

Shawn Kmon of Waitsfield, VT, is a claims adjuster at Union Mutual Insurance.

Class of 2005

Timothy Driscoll of Austin, TX, is a member of the band Runescarred, which recently released the album, We Are. The band will tour throughout 2018. Visit

Guitarist Tom Maroon of Medford, MA, is a production manager at WEMF Radio and teaches guitar at Note-worthy Experiences Music Studio.

Arielle Silver of North Hollywood, CA, celebrated a decade at Megatrax Production Music. Silver moonlights at Antioch University Los Angeles, where she earned her MFA. Her writing has appeared in various publications and her songs have been licensed for film and TV. She also leads yoga and creativity retreats. Visit

Class of 2006

Courtney Cooper of Brooklyn, NY, released her sophomore album, Waves, now available on all platforms. She appeared on the August cover of Avante, and has been interviewed for Dash Radio, Noctis, and Visit

Drummer Jarred Grant of Belmont, MA, recently released the album Not My Soul with his blues/rock/pirate-folk trio, Spirit Label. The album is available digitally on all major platforms and at Visit

JoBeth Umali of Boston, MA, recorded the album Resiliencia and is touring with Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde. She is also on the committee for Women in Music Boston. Visit

Drummer Jon Epcar of New York City was featured in the January issue of Modern Drummer. He has worked with Bono, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and many others; played on the Tony Awards, on Broadway, and on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; and cofounded the band Carney. He currently drums for Mean Girls. Epcar’s album Morning Drone was released in 2017. Visit

Class of 2007

Ana Lisa Portillo of El Paso, TX, is a public-school orchestra director. She also founded an after-school fiddle club, which represented West Texas at the 2017 Festival of Texas Fiddling. Portillo also performs with various mariachi groups.

Eli Harrison of San Francisco, CA, develops the Klangfarben Fretboard, a web app for visualizing the guitar fretboard. Visit or

Billy Herron of Panama City, Panama, produced the album Cincuenta by legendary Panamanian group the Beachers. Herron also received funding from the United Nations Development Program to preserve Panamanian calypso music through research, education, and recording. Visit

Jacob Hertzog of Fayetteville, AR, released the book Guitar Sound Effects, published by Hal Leonard. The instructional book, written with Ueli Dörig, ranges from technique to electronic and studio effects. Visit

Pianist Juan Andrés Ospina of Bogotá, Colombia, is composer and leads the Juan Andrés Ospina Big Band. The band’s debut album Tramontana features Paquito D’Rivera and Lucia Pulido. Ospina’s previous work as a performer and producer received widespread acclaim, and his musical comedy duo Inténtalo Carito has garnered more than 22 million YouTube views. Visit

Jonathan Schmidt of Glendale, CA, is the manager of new films/allocations for the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund.

Class of 2008

Jenna Hardy Pedersen of Spirit Lake, IA, cofounded JJ School of Music in Spirit Lake, offering group classes, ensembles, master classes, and advanced private lessons to students ages six and up. Visit

Naoto Kubo of Tokyo, Japan, is a composer at Nintendo.

John Perkins of San Diego, CA owns the entertainment company Retro Hits Tributes. Visit

Joe Tasker III of Tucson, AZ, is operations director for the Tucson Jazz Festival.

John Wylie of Las Vegas, NV, has worked for the past five years as senior programmer and composer for Scientific Games. Recently, Wylie completed the digital editing for Todd Rundgren’s Utopia reunion tour.

Class of 2009

Chriss Coniglio of Lafayette, NJ, is a sales associate and special and corporate events coordinator at Shore Bets.

Zoë Evans of Linden, NJ, released the single “Again.” Her previous release, “These Dreams,” received major radio play. She currently performs in and around New York City. Visit

Theodore (Ted) Hadges of New York City is a mechanical design engineer at Aspec Inc. He earned an A.A. in Engineering Science and is pursuing a master’s in computer science at Columbia University. Visit

Class of 2011

Last summer, Moana Avvenenti of North Hollywood, CA, taught at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India. Visit

Rick Cody of Norwood, MA, recently celebrated his three-year annivesary working in audio quality assurance and music product design at Harmonix Music Systems.

Zoe Lowry (Hillengas) of Philadelphia, PA, had her composition “Obsessive” selected for the first volume of the Philadelphia Real Book Project. The piece has been performed and recorded multiple times by jazz artists in Philadelphia. Visit or

Kelsey Michaelson of Los Angeles is an executive assistant at AEG, a sports and live entertainment company.

Jie Wang of Shanghai, China, played the role of Mother Abbess for the national tour of the Chinese version of The Sound of Music. Wang is also an assistant professor at New York University Shanghai.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Miring’u James Kamwati of Nairobi, Kenya, is directing a fundraising concert featuring 35 performers and preparing curricula for music learners of all ages. Visit

Class of 2012

Shaun Beacham of Woburn, MA, launched the podcast Wanted by None. His role as cohost, engineer, and producer keeps his technical skills fresh. Visit

Patrick McArthur of San Pedro, CA, is a staff composer for Elias Arts in Santa Monica, and composes for the music agency MassiveMusic. He has created soundtracks for BMW, Proctor & Gamble, Honda, and others. His music appears in films including License to Operate and The Peace Inside. Visit

Benjamin Zoleski of Schenectady, NY, has toured for the past year as children’s musical director for School of Rock: The Musical. The tour concludes June of 2019.

Guitarist Pär Martin Svensson of Johnston, IA, is a freelance composer. He recently scored the acclaimed game Oddmar, featuring 120 minutes of music inspired by traditional Swedish music. Visit

Class of 2013

Guitarist Sam Davis of Nashville, TN, is the lead guitarist for Brett Young, who was named the Academy of Country Music’s 2018 New Male Vocalist of the Year. Davis recently played to a crowd of more than 50,000 in Nashville. Visit

Class of 2014

Guitarist Joseph Adams of Allston, MA, is a member of death metal band Bacterial Husk and a graduate student at Harvard University. Visit

Class of 2015

Felix Carcone of Soisy-sur-Seine, France, is a composer, producer, manager, and cofounder of Borderlive Concepts, whose murder-mystery show, The Live Thriller, opened to critical acclaim in Paris last spring. The performance features film sequences shot and scored by Carcone. Visit,

Lauren George of Nashville, TN, works as an income-tracking administrator.

Eva Gertz of New York City released her debut album, When I Paint This Town, last spring. The eclectic album features more than 10 Berklee alumni. Gertz also performs aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Visit

Class of 2016

Bassist Christopher Bolte of Boston, MA, is a producer, performer, and engineer. His self-produced debut album is titled The Push. Visit

Tobias Dibiase of Columbus, OH, recently became a board operator at Radio One in Columbus, where he manages recording sessions and produces commercials.

Kristoffer Fossheim Håvik of Blommenholm, Norway, co-founded OKOS, an Oslo-based orchestra featuring 16 early-career jazz musicians. OKOS will regularly perform new music composed by its members.

Layth Sidiq of Brighton, MA, was awarded second place at the Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition in Poland. Visit

Dallas Thornton of Denver, CO, traveled across Europe filming My Key to Happy, a documentary film inspired by a Berklee class assignment. Thornton recently released the self-produced album Talking to Myself. Visit

Saxophonist and composer Gaia Petreill Wilmer of Florianopolis, Brazil, and her large ensemble paid tribute to Egberto Gismonti with a summer tour of Brazil, playing her arrangements of Gismonti’s music with Gismonti, his son and daughter, and guest artists. She recently recorded albums with her large ensemble and her trio. Visit

Class of 2017

Singer Hannah Crowley of Los Angeles is part of the Irish music duo Buska and a backing bandmember for MAWD. She recently performed at SXSW in Austin, TX. Crowley is also an actress in the film Damo & Ivor: The Movie.

Kaitlin MacLean Daley of Los Angeles is the coordinator of music sampling for Universal Music Publishing Group.

Guitarist Shani Kimelman of North Hollywood, CA, has released her debut EP, Escape Velocity, which is available on all major digital platforms. Visit

Esteban Andrés Gómez Mellado of Valencia, Chile, is currently working as a 3D audio tools designer at Intorno Labs. He also offers Max/MSP lessons to composers and audiovisual artists. Visit or

Trevor Mooney of Antioch, IL, with bandmates Josey Rosales ’17 and Zack Weinstein ’17 of the jam band Earthmother, released their self-titled debut album. Visit

Guy Schneider of Les Acacias, Switzerland, is a self-employed entrepreneur.

Class of 2018

Gregory Nathaniel Fisher of Sherman Oaks, CA, is a composer and recording engineer at An Evening In Studios.