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Composer Graham Collier of Málaga, Spain, conducted his compositions with the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Big Band and toured with the Aarhus Conservatory Big Band in northern Denmark in December. Visit

Bob Shallue of Fairfield, CT, has worked for three years with MMM Productions in Greenwich, CT, and is a pianist with the Easy Rider Jazz Band.


From the left: Rick Petrone '69, Richie Hart '75 , and Joe Corsello '64 of the Richie Hart Trio

Bassist Rick Petrone of Greenwich, CT, and the Richie Hart Trio (featuring drummer Joe Corsello '64 and guitarist Richie Hart '75) presented a clinic at the January IAJE Conference in New York. The group completed a new recording produced by Michael Cuscuna with guests Gerry Niewood (saxophone) and Pete Levin (keyboards).

Bassist Harvie S. of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, released two CDs, New Beginning on RVS Records and Texas Rumba on the ZOHO label.

Guitarist/bassist Jeff Guenther of Hopatcong, NJ, plays extensively in the NY/NJ/PA tristate area. He recently played in Nashua, NH, with the B Street Blues band which features bassist Mike Budka '76. Visit

Bob Deitch of Upper Nyack, NY, is a vice president at TransMedia where he oversees the acquisition of music from independent artists for licensing to TransMedia's Fortune 1000 clients. Deitch is always looking for new music of all genres and can be reached at:


D. Cooper Getschal '75

D. Cooper Getschal of Jupiter, FL, is creative director and artist in residence at the Write Note Foundation and works with at-risk middle-school students using contemporary music and a recording studio to teach such values as respect, honesty, teamwork, and patience. Visit the website www.the write note

Will Pfluger of Vineyard Haven, MA, released Half Moon Bay, a CD of original works for six- and 12-string guitar. It is available at both and

Drummer Nick Puin of Olmsted, OH, plays frequently in the Cleveland area with his jazz trio. He serves as the band director for the Maple Heights City Schools and is a member of the Cleveland Composers Guild.

Clarinetist Dan Arsenault of Gloucester, MA, is performing his own jazz arrangements with the Chalumeau Chamber Ensemble consisting of four clarinetists.

Guitarist Gerry Beaudoin of Waltham, MA, a member of New Guitar Summit with fellow guitarists J. Giels and Duke Robillard, signed with Stony Plain Records for a new CD that was released this February.

Drummer Russ DiBona of Bergenfield, NJ, plays with the band Bones Incorporated. Visit for information on DiBona's other activities.

Saxophonist Jim German of Bethel Park, PA, has opened up German Woodwind Services, a woodwind instrument repair shop in Pittsburgh. He frequently plays in pit orchestras for musicals.

Guitarist and graphics designer Hal Lester of Palm Springs, CA, has designed covers for numerous magazines, including recent issues of Palm Springs Life.

Tod Cooper of Woodland Hills, CA, supervised and produced music dubbing for international versions of the movies School of Rock, Spirit: The Stallion of Cimarron, Shrek, and E.T.

Guitarist James Ford of Ayer, MA, recently opened the Music Maker School in Acton, MA, for students of all ages. Many among the school's 19 instructors are Berklee alumni. Visit

Pianist Scott Gordon of New York City, has released a CD titled El Cumbanchero. The new disc features 16 Latin-flavored songs performed by a large roster of guest performers including the East Harlem Boys Choir. Visit Gordon's website at

Guitarist Bruce Arnold of New York City appears on the CD titled Spooky Actions featuring jazz quartet arrangements of music by Anton Webern on the Muse Eek label. Guitarist Paul Nelson of Stamford, CT, was featured on the CD tribute to Uriah Heep titled A Return to Fantasy on Century Media Records and penned the title track and played guitar on the new Johnny Winter CD I'm a Blues Man. The Winter recording was coproduced by Dick Shurman and Tom Hambridge '83.Visit

Gerry O'Dowd of Woodbury, MN, teaches guitar and has several projects underway in his studio.

Keyboardist David Fox is the director of operations for Sonic Implants, a premier manufacturer of sample libraries for software and hardware samplers. He previously spent 14 years working for Kurzweil Music Systems.

Producer Anthony J. Resta of Westford, MA, produced the single "Can You Kiss Me?" by the Chad LaMarsh Band at his Studio Bopnique. He recently worked on Duran Duran's new CD as well as projects by Collective Soul and God's Little Joke.

Darrell Katz of Waltham, MA, had his music performed on the CDs The Death of Simone Weil and In Thru and Out by the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra. Visit

Saxophonist Bob Miles of Atlanta, GA, released the CD Ancestral Spirits on the Sheets of Sound label. Seven of the disc's eight jazz tracks were penned by Miles.

Bill Spoke of Hollywood, CA, is working as a staff drummer for Deloromusic in Studio City, CA. PHOTO: Bob Miles '80


Bob Miles '81

Pianist Harry Miller of Paterson, NJ, and his group Satisfied Souls released the CD Jazz Beauty Supply. Visit

Trumpeter Dennis Keating of Pahrump, NV, plays with the Frankie James Big Band, D-Nile, and Alien Knights and has backed a variety of acts in Las Vegas, including Maynard Ferguson. He is current the president of the Nye County School District Board of Trustees.

Seth Saltzman of Livingston, NJ, was promoted to senior vice president of member management at ASCAP. Saltzman has worked at ASCAP since 1984.

David Dubuc of Las Vegas, NV, has been the music director and guitarist for the American Superstars show appearing in the showroom at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel, and Tower in Las Vegas since January 1, 2000.


Kathy heywood '82

Kathy Heywood of Newburyport, MA, serves as the chair of the Yankee Homecoming Festival 2004 in Newburyport, MA. The July 31-August 4 event features national and local musicians. Visit Heywood teaches at the River Valley Charter School in Newburyport.

Guitarist Doug Jackson of Huntington Beach, CA, played and sang with Kenny Loggins on TV for The Wayne Brady Show and on radio for the Mark and Brian Show on KLOS-FM. He played on the soundtrack for the Showtime film What Really Happened During the Cuban Missile Crisis and tours with Ambrosia.

Bassist Brad Russell of Oakland, CA, has been teaching and performing in the Bay Area. He has worked with such artists as Eddie Henderson, Lonnie Smith, Steve Smith, and Ira Sullivan.

Drummer Scott Hoffman of Wesley Chapel, FL, has served as a drum tech for both Steve Gadd and Luis Conte. During James Taylor's recent tour, Hoffman played three shows in Gadd's absence.

Guitarist Jeff Troxel of Cody, WY, took first place at the National Flat Picking Guitar Championship in Winfield, KS, and won a Collings guitar worth $5,000. Troxel teaches at Central Wyoming College and plays with the band Glynfiddle.

Flutist David Ganc of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has released a new CD, recorded with numerous Brazilian artists and played on various film soundtracks. Visit

Guitarist Pete Huttlinger of Pegram, TN, released a new disc titled The Santa Rita Connection on Steve Vai's Favored Nations Acoustic label.

Vana Gierig of New York City, served as the assistant producer, composer, and pianist for the Verve release Paganini: After a Dream by violinist Regina Carter. Gierig composed a work to be premiered at Michigan State University and a solo piano piece for the season finale of Sex in the City.

Guitarist/composer Michael Nicolella of Seattle, WA, performed his Guitar Concerto for Classical Guitar and Orchestra with the Northwest Symphony Orche stra in October 2003. Fellow guitarists Oren Fader and Michael Partington have been performing Nicolella's solo guitar works. Visit

Guitarist/composer Dan Palladino of East Brunswick, NJ, served as a technical editor for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Home Recording. Palladino penned an article on drum programming and wrote two songs for the book's CD-ROM. Visit


From the left: John Patitucci, John Scofield '73, Tommy Smith '85, Bill Stewart, Joe Lovano '72, and Martin Taylor
  Photo by Paul Thorburn
Dave Hannon '87

Saxophonist Tommy Smith of Glasgow, Scotland, has released Evolution. The sextet outing features saxophonist Joe Lovano '72, guitarist John Scofield '73, drummer Bill Stewart, bassist John Patitucci, and pianist Martin Taylor. Visit

Geoffrey Gee of Arlington, MA, has released a new solo piano CD, titled Discoveries. It features six Gee originals. Visit

Harmonica player/vocalist Dave Hannon of Jamaica Plain, MA, has released the disc Blues Canon. Backing Hannon are Boston-area blues veterans Dave Specter (guitar), Tom West (keyboards), Harlan Terson (bass), and Marty Binder (drums).

Jeff Peretz of New York City wrote Zen and the Art of Guitar: A Path to Guitar Mastery. He performs regularly and teaches guitar at Third Street Music School Settlement. Owen Yost of Hoboken, NJ, performs monthly as a substitute bassist in New York City for the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp Broadway show Movin' Out.

Guitarist Gian Wiegner of Winchester, MA, released a CD titled Hangin' with M that contains eight original pieces and one by Wayne Shorter. Featured on the disc are Gary Brunotte '77 (keyboards), David Chamberland '74 (bass), Steve Finn '83 (saxophone), Mark Kohler '82 (drums), and Keith Lentin. It is available at

Multi-instrumentalist Joe Stoebenau of Sinking Spring, PA, penned the book Teach Yourself to Play Dobro for Workshop Arts and Alfred Publishing, a follow-up to his book Christmas for Harmonica. Stoebenau plays French horn, dobro, and harmonica.

Bassist Jonathan Cohen of Albany, NY, and his band the Erftones released Stand, their second album. The group also features drummer Chad Ploss and guitarist Matt Pirog. Visit

Pianist Rick McNeely of Lebanon, OH, was featured on the CD I Will Rise: Hymns of Hope by Nashville vocalist Marcia Jones Thom. McNeely is the music director at Lebanon Presbyterian Church.

Tatsuya Osaki and Kiyoshi Miyaura '80, both of Tokyo, Japan, released the CD Azz-one: Everything, a compilation of Japanese pop tunes arranged in jazz and bossa nova styles. Other alumni featured on the disc include Masahiko Osaka '89 (producer, drums), Toshio Miki '89 (arranger), Yuki Arimasa '88 (piano), Keiji Matsushima '91 and Yoshiro Okazaki (trumpet), and Kazuhiko Michishita (guitar). Visit

Multi-instrumentalist Roland Stolk of Achterweg, Netherlands has released a CD titled Here and Now with the band Lizzard featuring vocalist Liz Hennessey. Stolk also operates a recording studio. Visit

Drummer David Cowan of Boston, MA, and his band ESO, featuring bassist Katz Goto '03 and guitarists Tak Tanaka '03 and German Schauss '03, have recorded the album Son of a Gun. The disc is slated for a March release. Visit


Amy Engelhardt '90

Vocalist Amy Engelhardt of Los Angeles, CA, a member of The Bobs a cappella group, appears on The Best of the Bobs: 20 Songs, 20 Years, marking the group's 20th anniversary. Visit

Producer/songwriter Harald Hanisch of Vienna, Austria, achieved triple-gold sales for the single "Ich Lebe," which he coproduced and cowrote for Universal Records artist Christina. The CD Freier Fall scored double platinum sales. Hanisch is currently working on a new band project with Eva Adam for release later in 2004.

Drummer Tom Papadotos of Lodi, NJ, plays frequently with his band Edible Red and has performed at Lincoln Center, on the TV show The Fuse, and on the Learning Channel. Visit

Trumpeter Diego Urcola of New York City released Soundances, his second CD as a leader, on the Sunnyside label. The disc was recorded in Buenos Aires and includes performances with top Argentine musicians. Urcola has worked with an impressive roster of American and Latin jazz musicians. Visit

Composer Bill Brown of Hollywood, CA, has composed for the electronic games Athena Sword and Zero Hour and jingles and recently penned a concert work titled Adventure Fanfare. Visit

Michael Karwowski of Venetia, PA, is a private instructor of music theory and composition and recently completed his Concerto for Classical Guitar and Chamber Orchestra. Visit

Bassist Daniel Pearson of North Hollywood, CA, has played bass for Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, and Taylor Dayne on several network TV shows. He also composed music for a History Channel production titled Car Tech of the Future.

Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, is featured on the new Raphael Cruz CD Bebop Timba as both bassist and cover designer. Bodley appears in the documentary Only the Strong Survive and sang a song he wrote in the film Revenge of the Not Goods. Visit

John Lindsay of Highlands Ranch, CO, was named West Coast Artist Representative of the Year for the Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Corporation.

Bassist Watts Shimmura of Largo, FL, plays full-time with Safari Groove at Busch Gardens in Tampa. In the summers, he also works with Ann Reinking's Broadway Theater Project.

Pianist Brian Harris of Oregon City, OR, released a solo piano disc titled Mountain Mountain: Improvisations for Piano. Visit for more information.

John Kendall of Sarasota, FL, is the director of the guitar and orchestra program at the Sarasota Middle School. He is also a teacher in the West Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra Program.

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, has been on a clinic tour of music stores throughout the country sponsored by Digitech, D'Addario, Morley, TKL Cases, and Aquarian Weekly. Visit

Guitarist Philipp van Endert of Dusseldorf, Germany, released a new CD with the Philipp van Endert Trio on JazzSick Records. Visit

Composer Kevin Kaska of Los Angeles, CA, was featured on a PBS broadcast of a documentary about his Triple Concerto penned for the Eroica Trio and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Cornelius Claudio Kreusch of New York City won first prize in the Jazz category in the 2003 USA Songwriting Competition for his song "Pike." Erik Grant Bennett '92 took first prize in the Children's music category for his song "Mind Your Manners." Leni Stern '82, Kyler England '94, Aruna Abrams '95, Signorino TJ '95, Corrinne May '02, Assaf Seewi '02, and Damian Hagger '98 were among the contest's other finalists.

Vibist and Berklee Percussion Department Manager Matthias Lupri recently toured the West Coast of the USA and Canada with his band and trumpeter Cuong Vu. They finished the year at the Berklee Performance Center. Visit

Adriana Balic of Venice, CA, is working with the band Pink as keyboardist and background vocalist. The band toured in the fall of 2003 and appeared on television in the United States and Europe.

Singer/songwriter Jen Chapin of Brooklyn, NY, has signed a two-album deal with Hybrid recordings. The label will release her new CD Linger on February 27. Visit

Guitarist Roland Gebhardt of Neuenkirchen, Germany, has released On My Mind with pianist Pierre-Alain Goulach, drummer Roland Höppner, bassist Gautier Laurent, and vocalist Andrea Reichardt.

Pianist Steve Hamilton of Edinburgh, Scotland, plays with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (directed by Tommy Smith '85) and appears on the Extreme Drumming DVD with drummer Marco Minnemann.

Taku Hirano of Atlanta, GA, has been playing percussion for the Fleetwood Mac 2003-2004 world tour. He appeared in a PBS Soundstage episode with Lindsey Buckingham and plays with Lionel Richie as well.

Guitarist Dave Wood of New York City has released a CD titled Échappée on Music Evolutions records. The disc features Wood's instrumental compositions and his six-and eight-string guitar playing. Visit


Rudi-Renoir Appoldt '96 created the Love Project billboard installation in Times Square.

Rudi-Renoir Appoldt of Lucerne, Switzerland, created the Love Project billboard which was posted in Times Square for six weeks last spring. Visit for more information and a free download of a song Larry Edoff '94 penned for the project.

Vibist Oli Bott of Berlin, Germany, and guitarist Thomas Wallisch '97 performed at a jazz festival in Calcutta, India on January 24. Visit

Peter Bufano of Somerville, MA, composed music for and performed with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus in New York City in January.

Tenor saxophonist Jeff Ellwood of Riverside, CA, has joined a new quartet led by keyboardist Alan Pasqua. Ellwood is currently teaching at Riverside Community College. Visit his website at


Hey Rim Jeon '96

Pianist Hey Rim Jeon of Boston, MA, released the CD Hey Rim Jeon & Friends. Featured on the disc are Adrian Ross '96 (trumpet), J. Curtis Warner '76 (drums), Jim Allard '60 (saxophone), and Sheldon Steele (bass). Visit

Guitarist Manfred Junker of Konstanz, Germany, has released a CD titled Directions with his quartet. The disc features Junker's original jazz tunes. Visit

Guitarist Tyra Neftzger of Brentwood, TN, released a Christmas CD entitled He Is Born. It gives a nod to Latin music styles. Visit

Eric Steigen of Sherman Oaks, CA, has been named manager of the publishing and royalties department at Provident Financial. The firm's clients include Lionel Richie, Lenny Kravitz, Steely Dan, and others.

Guitarist Diego Jinkus of Miami, FL, will tour Spain and Mexico this spring with his band Latin Bover. He organized a charitable concert titled Much Alive to raise funds for UNICEF.

Bassist Kostas Konstantinou of Athens, Greece, has released Concentric Cycles, his first recording as a leader on the German label Nabel. Pianist Vassilis Tsabropoulos, an ECM artist, is the other musician on the outing.

Jazz pianist/vocalist Jillian Lebeck of North Vancouver, British Columbia, released her debut CD Living in Pieces for the Talie Records label. Paul Townsend '92 plays drums on the disc. Visit

Chad Whitaker Batty of Seattle, WA, is the music supervisor of the entertainment department of Holland America cruise line. Visit

Drummer Dominic Feedam of Carolina, Puerto Rico, released CD Malas Ma - as featuring guitarist Yensa Reyes '97 and bassist Ivan Santiago '98.

Pianist Augusto Monk of London, England, released the CD Death Awaiting Moon, containing a musical thriller narrated to piano accompaniment by Monk. Visit his website at

Bassist Guido Farusi Stewart of Madrid, Spain, plays and teaches locally and writes music for commercials and multimedia presentations. Visit

Clarinetist Farid Yahya of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, is on the staff of the International College of Music, Kuala Lumpur and has backed such singers as Kris Dayanti and Anuar Zain.

Saxophonist Phil Hilfiker of Paris, France, earned a master's degree in music history at the University of New Hampshire and is now a faculty member at the American School of Modern Music in Paris.

Bassist Marc Hickox of Oakville, ON, Canada, is a member of Dragonfly and is featured on the band's new double CD Edge of the World. Visit


From the left: Chaka Khan amd Theresa Jones '99

Theresa Jones of North Hollywood, CA, is touring as a backup singer with Chaka Khan. She also sings with Snoop Dogg and has appeared with him on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and MTV. Jones is also a songwriter for EMI Music Publishing.

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Peter Kelly of New York City has completed a new CD with his original rock band Hemenway titled Letters to Mercury. Hemenway, which also features Perry Carbone '03 and John Soriano, played with Jack Black at the release party for the movie School of Rock. Visit

Natasha Bishop of Sherman Oaks, CA, works at W.F. Leopold Management in Los Angeles. She earned her first major industry credit serving as project coordinator for the release of saxophonist Dave Koz's new CD, Symphonic.

Pianist/composer Eduardo Elia of Córdoba, Argentina, is working with the jazz group El Trío and teaches at Universidad Nacional de Villa Mar’a and at Escuela de Mœsica Popular La Colmena.


Julie Mahendran '00

Vocalist Julie Mahendran of Toronto, Canada, has released the CD Never Do without You, a 10-song collection of jazz and pop standards and one original tune. The disc's sole original, "Killer," is featured on a compilation of songs written and recorded by alumni and faculty members of Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Visit her website at

Pianist Vardan Ovespian of Newburyport, MA, released his first solo CD, Abandoned Wheel. Visit

Guitarist Henning Pauly of Twin Peaks, CA, released the album Reconstruct with his group Chain. He also wrote and produced the CD Frameshift-Unweaving the Rainbow in collaboration with Dream Theater's vocalist James LaBrie. Both discs are on the ProgRockrecords label. Visit

George Shepherd of Newport Beach, CA, has founded DrumPRO magazine. A free downloadable version of the publication can be found at Robert Kendig '01 and Bobby Borg '88 are contributing writers to the magazine.

Guitarist Vladimir Vasileski of Boston, MA, released a live CD and DVD of his concert at the 2003 Ohrid Summer Festival in Macedonia. Pianist Leonardo Blanco '99, bassist Martin Gjakonovski, and drummer Benno Sattler back him on the outing. For more information, visit

Gunnard Doboze of San Francisco, CA, composed the score for the film September Tapes. Percussionist Nils Van Otterloo '01 played on the soundtrack. The film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Visit


Maggie Green '01

Vocalist Maggie Green of Columbus, OH, has released her debut CD, First Song. The disc features jazz and Latin standards. Visit

Singer/songwriter Nana Jokura of Toronto, Canada, has released the CD A Story: Voice and Guitar with guitarist Kevin Laliberté.

Joe Kenny of Redwood City, CA, is Northern California account Executive for MUSICORP. He also drums for the groove trio CasualSoul with singer/songwriters Amy Cooper and Stacy Kray.

Luis Rodriguez of Bayamon, PR, is giving clinics in arranging and composition at Conservatorio de Artes del Caribe. Rodriguez is earning his master's degree in jazz composition.


From the left: Emiko Segawa '01 and Taro Sukegawa '00

Guitarist Taro Sukegawa of Forest Hills, NY, vocalist Emiko Segawa '01 have released the CD Bossa Nova Recipe. The music features original bossa nova songs with Japanese lyrics.

Rob Szyba of Garfield, NJ, is working in the accounting department of Clear Channel Entertainment in New York.

Jordan Carp of Somerville, MA, released a CD of his original songs with a crew of Berklee alumni performers and engineers. A portion of the proceeds from the CD will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Visit

Drummer Mario Calandrelli of Venosa, Italy, released his first solo record The Rhythms of My Life that earned a professional music achievement award. He also played on other CDs by various Italian musicians. Visit his website at

Guitarist Sam Cohen, drummer Jeremy Black, and keyboardist Jesse Gallagher '00 released a new CD titled Katonah with their band Apollo Sunshine. The band was a runner-up in the 2003 WBCN Rumble.Visit

Vocalist Alisa Miles '02 of Richmond, VA, was the understudy for two lead roles in Ain't Misbehavin' and performed at Boston's Huntington Theatre on October 18.

Keith Schwier of Pinckney, MI, and his group F/stop have released a CD titled All in Love Is Fair. Schwier plays keyboards and guitars on the disc. Visit the band's website at

Andy Brown of Pahrump, NV, is band and choir director for Pahrump Valley High School.

Drummer Jeffrey Lien of Waltham, MA, has been touring with singer Rich Price opening for Ben Taylor. Lien has also played for musical theater productions and with other local musicians. Visit

Khary Menelik is an assistant audio engineer at Patchwerks Recording Studio in Atlanta. He recently worked on the forthcoming CD by T-Boz and Sleepy Brown of TLC.

Pianist/composer Hiromi Uehara of Brooklyn, NY, released her debut CD, Another Mind, on the Telarc label. Uehara is backed by bassists Anthony Jackson and Mitch Cohn, drummer Dave DiCenso, guitarist Dave Fiuczynsky, and saxophonist Jim Odgren '75. Visit