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Alumni Beat

  Adrian Ross
  Adrian Ross '96
  Nick Balkin

The fall was extremely busy with an abundance of activity in all Berklee alumni chapters. Boston alumni hosted a showcase at the Hard Rock Caf? on September 26. As always, the event featured a variety of different styles from country to blues to r&b, and featured Tim Blane '03, Joe Jaworski '84, Stan Swiniarski '79, Putnam Murdock '02 and Thaddeus Hogarth '88. Thanks to those who came out, and especially to all of the performers!

The following month, on October 12, Seth Saltzman '81, the senior vice president of member management at ASCAP, and his colleague Chris Amenita, the senior vice president of Enterprises Group, led a clinic that examined publishing, performance royalties, and ASCAP's role within the industry. Also discussed was ASCAP's new performance tracking system, Mediaguide. On the 19th, Saltzman hosted another event at ASCAP, in New York, and was joined by several colleagues who graciously gave of their time and expertise. We are appreciative of Saltzman for his continued support.


San Francisco alumni  
(From the left:) MP&E Department Assistant Chair Dan Thompson with distinguished alumni Pablo Munguia '97 and Michael Semanick '85 and MP&E Chair Rob Jaczko at the San Francisco alumni reception  
Adrian Ross  

The Berklee Monterey Quartet traveled to Washington, D.C., on October 25 to headline at the legendary jazz club Blues Alley. The student group, led by Nir Felder (guitar) and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (trumpet), showcased some of the best players at the college and provided area alumni with a glimpse of the next generation of young lions. We look forward to returning to Washington again next year.

This year's Audio Engineering Society convention was held in San Francisco, allowing for the Bay Area alumni association to host the event's annual alumni reception. The Argent Hotel was a perfect location, and an added touch was pianist Mitch Stein. Stephen Croes, Berklee's dean of Music Technology, brought alumni up to date regarding several departmental advances, and Rob Jaczko, chair of the Music Production and Engineering Department and Dan Thompson, assistant chair, presented Pablo Munguia '97 and Michael Semanick '85 with Distinguished Alumnus Awards. Congratulations to both Munguia and Semanick on their achievements.

On November 14 the New York Alumni Chapter hosted the alumni showcase at the Cutting Room. The event featured a variety of bands and soloists, keeping the audience captivated for the entire evening. On the bill were Melissa Axel '02, Elizabeth Ziman '04, Todd Steinhilber '86, Eric Seiz '97, Ryan Link '99, Jason Rosen '99, Antje Zumbansen '99, and Clara Lofaro '02. Thanks to all who participated. The next day, in Boston, Oz Barron '80 led a music-technology seminar that walked attendees through Apple's many standard programs, such as iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand, and addressed networking solutions. It was great to have Barron return and lend his expertise.


  Juan Luis Guerra
  Latin music star Juan Luis Guerra '82 sits in with a student ensemble at a concert in his honor given on November 16, 2004. Guerra was presented a distinguished alumnus award during the program held in the David Friend Recital Hall.
  Farnsworth Blalock Photos

The year ended on a high note with several holiday socials. Boston's event took place on December 9 and featured a special guest performance from Livingston Taylor, followed by the Singers' Showcase concert. New York's social was equally exciting, as President Roger Brown got to mix and mingle with the many attendees. The reception took place on the West Side at a restaurant called Citrus, and Paul Vinton '04 and his ensemble provided the music.

Kicking off the new year, Deena Anderson, Boston Alumni Chapter coordinator, and I braved the snow to cohost an alumni reunion in Brooklyn, NY, in early January. The journey was well worth it, the annual gathering drew a closely knit group of alumni for a night of reminiscing and good times. We look forward to many more. On a final note, I would like to spotlight the Music Business/Management and Music Production and Engineering departments that generate newsletters for current students and alumni. If you would like to take advantage of these great online resources, MP&E alumni can sign up through the website at Music Business/Management alumni should send an e-mail request to

That's it until next time!

-Adrian Ross '96 Director, Alumni Affairs

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