Berklee Today

Final Cadence

Milt Hinton (right) after a February 1996 ceremony where he received Berklee's honorary doctor of music degree from President Lee Eliot Berk.
Photo by Liz Linder

David Pease '73 of Rockland, Maine, died unexpectedly at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport. Pease, 47, was a trumpeter at Berklee. He had worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Florida and as a tuna fisherman in Port St. Lucie. Recently, he worked with his father as a painter in Maine. He leaves his son Devon Pease, his parents, and a brother and sister.

Gregory Amenta '79 of Malden, Massachusetts, died on September 19, 2000, while visiting his sister in California. A trumpeter, Amenta was a cum laude graduate of Berklee and earned his degree in composition. An active musician, Amenta was a teacher, bandleader, songwriter, and recording studio owner. At 22, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but continued to perform with bands until it became physically impossible for him to play. He did not let his condition defeat his will to enjoy a full life. He traveled frequently and went skydiving in 1996. For the last decade, he worked at Dynamics Research in Newton, Massachusetts. He leaves a brother, a sister, and his stepmother.

Word has reached us that Dennis Pallermine '88 of Great Lakes, Illinois, passed away while serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a drummer and earned a diploma at Berklee.

Daniel Edge died suddenly in November 2000. He was a junior at Berklee majoring in MP&E. A saxophonist, Edge had played extensively with the rock band Kings of Nuthin' throughout the New England and New York areas. He leaves a brother Joshua and his parents Dena and Albert Edge.

Daniel Shea IV '97 died after having a seizure at his home in Lowell, Massachusetts, on October 10, 2000. He was 24. He had just been hired in September 2000 as a music teacher at the Edith Nourse Rogers Middle School in Lowell. A saxophonist, Shea had played with the Brockton High School jazz, marching, and symphonic bands and was awarded a Young Jazz Artist Scholarship to Berklee. He leaves his parents Karen and Daniel Shea III and two sisters.

Jazz bassist Milt Hinton H'96 died on December 19 in New York after a lengthy illness. Hinton was 90. Known as both a jazz musician and a photographer, Hinton enjoyed a career that spanned 70 years. He performed with a large number of musicians, including jazz people like Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie, and John Coltrane, and pop artists like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Paul McCartney. Hinton had taken more than 4,000 photographs of musicians over the course of his professional life. He received an honorary doctorate from Berklee in February 1996. Hinton leaves his wife, a daughter, and a granddaughter.

John Corley Jr. of Watertown, Massachusetts, a former member of Berklee's board of advisors, died of cancer on October 19. He was 81. Corley founded the MIT Concert Band in 1948 and directed it until 1999. He also led a number of brass bands and wind ensembles and the Hingham Civic Orchestra. He was dedicated to the composing, promotion, and performance of original wind band literature. He leaves six children and four grandchildren.