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Professor Emeritus John Bavicchi has been commissioned by the New Philharmonic Orchestra in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, to write a new work for orchestra to be premiered in October.

Associate Professor of Percussion Jon Hazilla presented a work titled "Art Forms in Conversation" at the Center for Arts in Natick in April with fellow faculty members Bill Pierce and Jim Odgren.

Associate Professor of Guitar Dan Bowden has penned a new book titled Mel Bay's Complete Accompaniment Method for Guitar.

Assistant Professor of Ensemble Jerry Cecco was guest soloist and arranger for the Thayer Symphony Orchestra's pops concert.

Associate Professor Kevin McCluskey signed a national distribution deal with Goldenrod Music for his new self-produced CD Trust.

Associate Professor of Guitar Mark White released the CD Up With 'da Funk with his group Last Trip. Players include faculty members Greg Badolato (saxophones), Scott deOgburn (keyboards), Winston Maccow (bass), and alumnus Charles Haynes '99 (drums).

Professor Donny Nolan presented clinics on arranging and jazz harmony at Portland State University in Oregon, the University of Miami in Florida, and at New England Conservatory.

Professor of Piano Ray Santisi is backed on his new CD Spellbinder by Associate Professor Whit Browne (bass) and former faculty member Fred Buda (drums).


Professor Emeritus John LaPorta has published his autobiography, entitled Playing It by Ear: A Jazz Journey. It details his performing experience in the 1940s and 1950s, his role in the development of jazz education, and the starting of IAJE. It is published by Cadence Jazz Books.

Assistant Professor of Woodwinds Dino Govoni has released his first solo CD, entitled Breakin' Out (Whaling City Sound). For more info, visit his web site at

Associate Professor Neil Leonard directed the electronic music program for the CyberArts Festival at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art.

Professor Phil Wilson won this year's International Trombone Association Award.

Professor Greg Hopkins released a CD titled Okavongo that chronicles the 25-year history of the 16-piece Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra.

Saxophonist and Associate Professor Dan Moretti released a new CD titled The Psychic Horns featuring Assistant Professor Bruce Bartlett (guitar) and Marty Richards (drums). In March, Moretti appeared at the Jazz and Volgoy Festival in Yaroslavl, Russia.

Professor Steve Rochinski, a guitarist, released a CD titled Otherwise for Jardis Records. He is joined on the disc by fellow faculty members Joe Hunt on drums, Jim Stinnett on bass, and Donna McElroy on vocals. It was recorded by Associate Professor Terry Becker and mixed and mastered by Associate Professor Robert Patton.

Associate Professor Tiger Okoshi toured Asia in March giving master classes and performing. He also performed and taught at the International Trumpet Guild conference in May.

Associate Professor of Percussion Kenwood Dennard toured Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland with the Gil Evans Orchestra during December and January.

Associate Professor of Voice Gabrielle Goodman played the role of a diva in the recently concluded tour of North America and Canada of the musical production Forever Swing.

Associate Professor Craig Macrae gave a presentation titled "Contemporary Uzbek Music and the Affirmation of Central Asian Muslim Values" at the Harriman Center at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

A faculty ensemble including Peter Cokkinias, Sandra Kott, Melissa Howe, Arnold Friedman, and guest Rebecca Katsenes, recently premiered Clarinets and Friends VI by Cokkinias and Professor Arthur Welwood's Interiors.

Harmony Department Chair Barbara London's new CD Twos & Threes features faculty members Ed Saindon (vibes), John Repucci (acoustic bass), Phil Wilson (trombone), Larry Baione (guitar), Rick Kress (drums), Michael Farquharson (electric bass), Ron Reid (steel drums), and Bruce Katz and John Arcaro (piano). MP&E Department Assistant Chair Rob Jaczko engineered and mixed the disc.

Assistant Professor Rich Mendelson engineered and mixed the CD More Songs About the Reproductive Cycle by alumni Josh Kaler, Owen Biddle, and Dan Meath.

Pianist and Associate Professor Laszlo Gardony recorded Behind Open Doors with Associate Professors John Lockwood (bass) and Jamey Haddad (drums, percussion).

Assistant Professor of Piano Dave Limina released an instructional video for the Rittor Music Video Workshop series featuring Associate Professors Larry Finn (drums) and Anthony Vitti (bass), and Assistant Professor Tomo Fujita (guitar).

Professor of Guitar Charles Chapman was invited by guitarist renowned Scottish guitarist Martin Taylor to participate in the Kirkmichael International Guitar Festival in Scotland in May.


Associate Professor Wayne Naus (trumpet) released Origin of Light with his group Moksha. The band includes Assistant Professors Dino Govoni (tenor saxophone) and Robert Schlink (viotar), Associate Professor Joe Mulholland (synthesizer), Professor Michael Farquharson (bass), and alumnus John DiSanto (drums).

Professor Julius P. Williams accompanied opera star Shirley Verette as she sang a song from Williams's musical Indahomey before a star-studded audience at a fundraising event for the New Federal Theatre Company in New York.