Berklee Today's 25th Anniversary

From the left: Al Schmitt, Roger Brown, and Carl Beatty during Schmitt’s honorary doctorate presentation at Capitol Studios September 10, 2014.
From the left: Al Schmitt, Roger Brown, and Carl Beatty during Schmitt’s honorary doctorate presentation at Capitol Studios September 10, 2014.
Ron Batzdorff

The year 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the first edition of Berklee today magazine. Events in Los Angeles and New York City marked the milestone. In tandem with the September 10, 2014 Los Angeles event at Capitol Studios, president Roger Brown presented an honorary doctorate to renowned recording engineer Al Schmitt. The crowd in attendance included vocalists Patti Austin, Monica Mancini, and Steve Lawrence, guitarist Steve Lukather, and musician and filmmaker Christopher Guest as well as a number of Schmitt’s peers from the engineering world. Among the many alumni in the room were several who have been featured on the magazine’s cover including Lalah Hathaway, John “JR” Robinson, Alf Clausen, Neil Stubenhaus, Richard Niles, and John Mayer.

The New York event was held on November 18 at Providence NYC in Manhattan, a venue that was formerly the home of the Mediasound Studios where Hendrix, Streisand, Sinatra, and others made historic recordings. A large crowd of alumni representing multiple generations turned out. President Roger Brown presented Berklee today editor Mark Small with a commemorative plaque portraying how the magazine would look with him on the cover. Small has served as the magazine’s editor and chief contributor since 1992.

In New York, Berklee President Roger Brown presents Berklee Today editor Mark Small with a plaque celebrating his work on the magazine since 1992.
In New York, Roger Brown presents Berklee today editor Mark Small with a plaque celebrating his work on the magazine since 1992.
Rudy Martinez

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