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Wally Gladwin of Westfield, MA, retired after a 35-year career in public school music education teaching at Frontier Regional School and in the Westfield, MA, public schools. He continues to play, sing, and write sacred, traditional, and contemporary music for various groups.

Saxophonist Greg Abate of Coventry, RI, released a CD tribute to composer/pianist Horace Silver titled Horace Is Here. Also performing on the disc are trumpeter Claudio Roditi, pianist Hilton Ruiz, bassist Marshall Wood, and drummer Artie Cabral. Visit

K. Gabriel Heiser of Boulder, CO, started a songwriters' night for top local songwriters at Boulder's Borders Bookstore café. Visit

Guitarist Keith Warren of Schenectady, NY, teaches guitar at the Drome Sound Music Studio in Schenectady.

Guitarist Wayne Johnson of Carlsbad, CA, performed a track on the Grammy-winning CD tribute titled Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar. Johnson performed a solo acoustic rendition of the Mancini classic "Dear Heart."

Saxophonist Tim Fowlar of Las Vegas, NV, has been named executive vice president of A&R for Newport Pacific The new label seeks to expose emerging talent through the Internet. Fowlar is also the musical director for various acts in Las Vegas. Visit

Engineer Jerry La Rosa of Rutherford, NY, has worked at Corelli-Jacobs Recording, the creative arm of DeWolfe Music Library, for 23 years. La Rosa recently won an Audie Award for the book-on-tape version of The Nazi Officer's Wife.

Guitarist Bern Nix of New York City contributed a track titled "Low Barometer" to a new acoustic guitar compilation CD titled Imaginational Anthem. Visit

Singer/guitarist Jack DePietro of Riverdale, NY, has released a CD titled The Golden Rules featuring nine of his original songs. DePietro is collaborating on a book about his 12 years as owner of the renowned Nyack, NY, jazz club the Office.

Composer Hummie Mann of Mercer Island, WA, composed an orchestral score for the CBS TV movie Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas and a bluegrass score for the film Wooly Boys, which was just released on DVD after a theatrical run.

Mark R. Reinhart of Hazleton, PA, has published the book Tune Up . . . You're on in Ten Minutes!, a musical memoir sharing his observations after years of working in the arts. Visit

Vibist Jerry Tachoir of Hendersonville, TN, has released an educational DVD titled The Vibraphone Vol. II. His wife, pianist Marlene Tachoir '77, released a DVD called Two-Hand Chord Vocings for the Piano. Visit

Peter Olstad of Denver, CO, is playing lead trumpet for singer Tom Jones and in the past has toured with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, and Buddy Rich.

  Joanne LaRiccia '78

Joanne LaRiccia of Somerville, MA, has been producing a children's cable television show called JoJo's DreamCart for Massachusetts viewers since 2001. LaRiccia, the show's host, singer, songwriter, and motivational speaker, is arranging for the show to be broadcast in various national and international markets. She has also released the CD JoJo's Daily Reminders. Visit

Keyboardist and producer Philippe Saisse of Scarsdale, NY, was knighted by the French minister of culture and communication and is now a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Visit

Guitarist Josh Sklair of Culver City, CA, won a Grammy for his work as the producer, arranger, and musical director for Etta James's Blues to the Bone CD. This is Sklair's second Grammy win. Visit

Drummer Osami Mizuno of Tokyo, Japan, has released a new CD titled Tenma. Mizuno is assisted by bassist Kiyoto Fujiwara, keyboardist Morgan Fisher, and guitarist Yutaka, among others.

Guitarist Bruce Arnold of New York City released a CD titled Duets with French harmonica player Olivier Ker Ourio and another with fellow guitarist Mike Miller titled Two Guys from South Dakota. Both are on the Muse-Eek label. Visit

Tom Backus of Knoxville, TN, plays drums with the band Leslie Woods and Dark Mountain Orchid and produced their first two CDs. The band is signed with Glitterhouse Records. In his career as an engineer, Backus has worked on Grammy-winning records with producers Michael Omartian, Ted Templeman, and Quincy Jones.

Paul Bettencourt composed a brass quintet titled Interstellar Fantasy that the group Brass Venture premiered at a concert given on January 15 at Memorial Hall in Worcester, MA.

Pianist/composer Jeff Dawson of Bronx, NY, has had a track from his CD Jazz Songbook picked up by Ted Airlines for their in-flight music broadcasts.

Mark Jones of Nashville, TN, has established his own management firm, Mark Jones Management LLC. The company will focus primarily on artist management and consulting within the country and pop-music genres. Initial clients include multiplatinum act SHeDAISY and Aaron Lines.

Bill Kahler '80  

Singer/songwriter Bill Kahler of Smyrna, GA, released his third solo CD, Spinning the World. He was a finalist in the Plowshares Songwriting Competition and the Kerrville Folk Festival. Visit

Guitarist/composer Benny Uyetake of Haiku, HI, is the music director for i-Safe America, the safe school- education initiative to promote responsible use of the Internet by children.

Dave Hammond of Denver, CO, has served as the director of bands and chair of the music department at Denver School of the Arts since the program began in 1992.

Vocalist and composer Lenora Zenzalai Helm of New York City and her ensemble launched their 2005 concert season on February 17 at Merkin Hall in New York City.

Saxophonist John "Buddy" Andrews, III recently retired from the U.S. Navy and is performing with his father, pianist John Andrews, Jr., at casinos in Atlantic City, NJ.

Guitarist Emiel van Egdom of Maastricht, Netherlands, has completed his sixth album and is planning to tour Europe, Japan, and Mexico next season. Visit

Bassist Brad Russell of Westland, MI, played bass with the San Francisco production of the musical Caroline or Change, and has worked with organist Lonnie Smith and trumpeter Eddie Henderson.

Trumpeter Ritchee Price of Riverside, RI, has released the CDs The Last Song of the Night and Make a Difference. He is completing a third. Price plays with the Nite Life Orchestra and serves as the band director at Portsmouth Middle School in RI.


  Janubia '84

Vocalist Janubia has released the CD Mother Tongue. To hear the entire CD, which Janubia sings in her own language, visit

Pianist/songwriter Don Breithaupt of Bolton, Ontario, Canada, has released a compilation of singles and rare tracks by his group Monkey House. Breithaupt has also been nominated for a 2005 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award as best keyboardist. Visit

Drummer Chris DeRosa of New York City joined the blues band Paul Mark & the Van Dorens and is playing gigs on the East Coast and on the band's new CD. Additionally, DeRosa has recorded with D'Atlee and is an artist in residence at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Visit

Joel Goodman '84  

Composer Joel Goodman of Calabasas, CA, rescored director Francis Thompson's classic Oscar-winning film To Be Alive! with a full orchestra and well-known soloists in London at Abbey Road Studios and in New York.

Mark Roth of Norwich, CT, operates RBM Music, a studio for private instruction on bass and guitar and in music theory. He is performing with the band Swift Kick, supporting its new CD, On All Fours.

Cyrus Chestnut of Bronx, NY, played keyboards on the CD Gold Sounds on Brown Brothers Recordings. The band includes James Carter (saxophone), Ali Jackson, Jr. (percussion), and Reginald Veal (bass and vocals). Visit

Bassist Tracy Ferrie of Franklin, TN, has joined the Christian metal band Stryper. The band recently reunited and is planning a new album and tour. Visit

Bassist Vince Leffler of Memphis, TN, backed Dani McCulloch on the George Harrison song "Old Brown Shoe" that appears on the CD Fried Glass Onions: Memphis Meets the Beatles.

James Miksche of Madison, WI, will receive his Ph.D. in August from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is pursuing folklore studies with an emphasis on oral musical traditions.

Jeff Peretz of New York City, author of Zen and the Art of Guitar, has written Guitar Atlas: The Middle East for Alfred Publishing. His group Abu Gara composed and performed music for Rumi: Soaring to Ecstasy and Yunus Emre: Turkish Medieval Humanist Mystic at the Turkish consulate in NYC.

Paige Stroman of San Antonio, TX, has released a CD of lullabies titled Mother and Child and a book called Lullabyland. Stroman's company Lullabyland has formed a partnership with IBCE and Extreme Dreams to promote the projects. Visit

Frederick Moehn of New York City has an essay developed from his doctoral research in Brazil included in the book Wired for Sound: Engineering and Technologies in Sonic Cultures published by Wesleyan University Press.

Bassist/composer Jonathan Cohen and his band the Erftones released a new CD, titled Dispatch, that is available at CD Keith Yaun '89 played guitar on the disc. Visit

Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny of Oakland, CA, has released a new CD titled Nocturne that blends jazz, classical, and world-music textures in a studio orchestra setting. Visit

Composer Guillermo Galindo of Oakland, CA, was commissioned to compose a work he titled Trade Routes for chorus, narrator, and orchestra. The Oakland East Bay Symphony will perform the piece twice in the fall.

Bryce Hershner of Orlando, FL, is the Orlando accounts manager at LMG, Inc., a national provider of audio, video, lighting, staging, and presentation support. Hershner has worked at LMG for five years.

Guitarist John Baldwin of Virginia Beach, VA, released his debut modern rock/blues CD, Wide Alive and Dreaming. Pianist James Dower '93 is among the musicians featured on the disc issued by Day 13 Records. Visit

Matt Rohde and his wife, Beth (Deter) Rohde '92, of Redondo Beach, CA, operate Coast Music Conservatory in Hermosa Beach, CA. Alumni interested in applying for a teaching position should visit Matt recently played piano for the films Be Cool and Robots and for TV and live performances with various artists. Beth plays with Les Brown and his Band of Renown.

Bassist Bryan Beller of Canyon Country, CA, has been appearing with guitarist Mike Keneally on his acoustic tour of the Midwest. Visit

Vocalist Mark Bransfield of Los Angeles, CA, released the CD Night Time on his own Black Dirt label. The pop-jazz project features standards and original songs. Visit

Trombonist Dyne Eifertsen of Roseville, CA, is the director of instrumental jazz studies at American River College in Sacramento, California. He performs regularly with the Capital Jazz Project and with his own trio.

Songwriter Matthew Goldberg of Cooper City, FL, has placed his songs in the films The Blue Lizard, Maria, and Joshua Calling. Goldberg recently formed a duo called Shad with singer Sherry Wengrow. Visit

Drummer Cristiano Micalizzi of Rome, Italy, played with the Rocco Zifarelli Band for an international symposium at the United Nations on April 26. Micalizzi is an active freelancer who has played with many international musicians of many styles as well as for movie soundtracks and jingles.

Keyboardist Marc Delcore of Middleton, MA, has worked as an audio engineer and technical director for Britney Spears's four world tours. Delcore also has worked with Joey MacIntyre, Dante Thomas, and Paulina Rubio. He is currently on tour with Rubio playing keyboards and running tracks.

  Tim Harrington '93

Guitarist Tim Harrington of Lafayette, IN, and the Tim Harrington Band (including fellow guitarist Tim Gruntman) released the CD Pathfinder. Visit

Steve Walsh of Brooklyn, NY, produced, recorded, and arranged vocals for Erasure's Nightbird CD at his studio Union Street Recording. Walsh also produced an acoustic remix of the first single "Breathe," which reached number four on BBC Radio 1. Visit

The CD Handprint by pianist and composer Barry D. (a.k.a. Barry Whipple) of Valley Stream, NY, was nominated for a Dove award for best instrumental album. He has performed extensively and shared the stage with performers such as Phil Collins, Nicole Mullen, Crystal Lewis, Virtue, and Out of Eden.

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, joined former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach for a new recording and summer tour of European festivals. Visit

The latest CD by bassist/composer Alejandro Cimadoro of Waltham, MA, The Princess and the Moonlight, was included in JAZZIZ magazine's "Best Releases of 2004" column. The disc features George Garzone '72 (saxophone) and Antonio Sanchez '97 (drums). Visit

Karl Freudenreich of Columbus, OH, started a production company called Farfensound Productions to provide sound, lighting, video, staging, and event planning services.

Bassist Sandro Scoccia of Boston, MA, and the band Marimbira have released a self-titled CD featuring Fiaindratovo Manavihare '04, Vessela Stoyanova and Nolan Warden '03. The disc blends southern African musical elements with contemporary improvisation and was engineered by Christian Kaufmann '98. Visit

Michael Burns of Las Vegas, NV, is the resident music director of Blue Man Group's Las Vegas production. He has been a performer and string trainer with the show since 1999.

Drummer Ethan Eubanks of Brooklyn, NY, plays on new studio releases by Jess Klein, Steve Forbert, Joseph Arthur, David Mead, and the Shrek 2 soundtrack. He is currently on tour with recording artists Ivy. Visit

Percussionist Taku Hirano of Sherman Oaks, CA, recently completed a tour of Australia with Bette Midler and is on tour with Stevie Nicks and Don Henley for the summer months. Visit

Songwriter Eric Lynn of Topanga Canyon, CA, wrote "Prosperity Blues," which appeared on the Grammy-winning CD Keep It Simple by Keb' Mo'. Lynn is recording a follow-up album to his critically hailed California Burning CD. Visit

Tom Schick of New York City served as the producer on the latest album by Ryan Adams titled Cold Roses for the Lost Highway label.

Composer Vincent Gillioz of Burbank, CA, won the gold medal at the 2005 Park City Film Music Festival for his piece Sonata. Gillioz is currently scoring Frost, his 22nd feature, and arranging a piano tribute to Alicia Keys.

Percussionist Doug Hinrichs of Jersey City, NJ, has released a new CD titled Q&A, which he characterizes it as a "funky collection of fiery chill." Visit

Manfred Junker '96  

Guitarist Manfred Junker of Konstanz, Germany, released a duo recording of songs penned by Richard Rodgers with upright bassist German Klaiber. Visit

Sylvia Kelly of Arlington, MA, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her business, the Sylke Music School in Cambridge, MA. The institution provides instruction for toddlers, teens, and adults and has conducted research on music learning and the brain. A commemorative book will be published this summer. [Note: the Sylke Music school has moved to 1245 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169. 617-328-7584. -ed.]

Mimi Rohlfing of Kalamazoo, IL, has just received her Master of Music degree from Western Michigan University.

  Ada Rovatti '96

Saxophonist Ada Rovatti of New York City has released the disc Airbop with guest artists Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Don Alias, Dave Kikoski, Ed Howard, Ben Perowski, Adam Rogers, and Jill McCarron. Visit

Chris and Kimberly Coates of Melrose, MA, have operated Coates Florist shop in Melrose for five years. Last year the company was named the city's best new business by the Melrose Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Donovan of Las Vegas, NV, is working for Stiletto Entertainment as the digital audio and video operator on the Barry Manilow show Music and Passion. The production will run at the Las Vegas Hilton throughout 2005.

Diego Jinkus of Hollywood, FL, is a cofounder of M.U.C.H. (Musicians United Creating Humanity). The organization hosted a series of events for the Southeast Asian tsunami relief last February in Miami, FL. Visit

Guitarist Ian McHugh of Fairfield, CT, along with Mike Raskin '99, Mark Tragesser '99, Peter Stoltzman '99, Dan Grennes '95, and Brad Mason comprise the band Bomb Squad. The group has released two CDs, Sophistafunk and Bomb Squad II, and received an American Music Award. Visit

Saxophonist Adam Niewood of New York City has released Introducing Adam Niewood, featuring Ben Perowsky (drums), Eric Lewis (piano), and Matt Brewer (bass). Bill Goodwin produced the disc for the Native Language label.

Lia Suntoso of Nashville, TN, is an attorney at the Rose Immigration Law Firm in Nashville. Suntoso has written and edited numerous articles on legal issues and is a regular contributor to the Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook. Visit

Amy Ward '97  

Amy Ward of Franklin Park, NJ, cowrote the song "Dance With Me" with Michael Terry '75 and performed it for the soundtrack for the movie The Wedding Date. Visit

Guitarist Ralf Krebs of Berlin, Germany, has released his first solo guitar album, titled My Room. The disc features seven Krebs originals and four standards. Visit

Guitarist Damian Hagger and Bassist Aaron Schwoerer '97 of Los Angeles, CA, recently completed a 10 song rock and hip-hop CD with their band, Race Card. Visit

Drummer Steve Hass of Astoria NY, is currently working with John Scofield '73, Latin pop star Thalia, and the Manhattan Transfer. His company Hassbeat Productions, Inc., has composed and produced music for Miss Universe, The Global Health Council, the City of New York, and the Fox Television series Jonny Zero. Visit

Bryan George of Sherman Oaks, CA, is the manager of film and TV music licensing at the Los Angeles-based Winogradsky Company. The company provides legal counsel for composers, songwriters, music publishers, recording artists, and television, film, video, and multi-media producers.

Singer/songwriter Mark Mercer of New York City has released a CD titled Nothing Like It, produced by Angel Angelov '99. Associate Professor Donna McElroy sang background vocals. Berklee alumni playing on the project included Leah Driscoll, Satu O'Connell, Christiana Jade, Vladimir Vasilesky-Cetkar, Pascal Kaeser, Joshua Sadlier-Brown, Christopher Child, and Milan Milanovic. Visit

Guitarist David Laborier of Roeser, Luxembourg, has released the CD Tease, featuring nine of his jazz originals. He also appeared as a member of the Leana Sealy Quintet on the CD On the Street Where You Live. Visit

Bassist Christopher Tilden of Newburyport, MA, and the band Averi (featuring Stuart Berk '01, Michael Currier '95, Chad Perrone, and Matt Lydon) released their third CD, Drawn to Revolving Doors. Visit

Gunnard Doboze of San Francisco, CA, composed the score to the film September Tapes. Doboze works for SomaTone Productions.

Guitarist Adam Kestler of Springfield, NJ, has released the modern alternative-rock CD Formulate a Tragedy with his band All Parallels. The disc has been reviewed in several publications, including the New York Times. The band is part of this summer's Refuse Radio Tour. Visit

Drummer Benno Sattler of Frankfurt, Germany, played on the debut album of pianist Dimitri Landrain '00. Sattler also recently played on a movie soundtrack for Warner Music Germany, and appeared at the BassPlayerLive event in New York City. Visit

Composer Jason Solowsky of Woodland Hills, CA, has just scored the feature film Split Second and is currently scoring the films Le Magique and Willoughby. Visit

Singer/songwriter Kelly Buchanan of Mt. Gretna, PA, released her new album, Bastard Daughter. Buchanan completed an East Coast tour to promote the album in April. Visit

  Sly de Moya '01

Percussionist Sly de Moya of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has recorded a new CD of Latin-jazz fusion music with bassist Oscar Michelli '98, guitarist Fernando Capeans '98, and current Berklee student Jose Antonio Jacobo.

Darcie Nicole Wicknick of Boston, MA, is publicist for the band Weather Outpost 12. The group released a self-titled CD in February. The 12-pieceband features Jordan Scannella '01, Christian Kaufmann '98, and Pedro Ito'02. Visit

Vocalist Marta Gomez of Bergen, NJ, released her first CD for the Chesky label entitled Cantos de Agua Dulce in October 2004. The disc was nominated for the Latin Billboard Awards for best Latin-jazz album.

Suzanne St. Amand of River Ridge, LA, is working as a certified music therapist at Children's Hospital in New Orleans.

Melissa Axel of Plantation, FL, is a graduate assistant at Nova Southeastern University and is writing an interdisciplinary arts show that will be performed in October to fulfill her master's degree requirements.

Michael Van Dyne of Williamsburg, VA, and James Malone and their band Arsis have released the CD A Celebration of Guilt. Visit

Bassist Tim Weiner and his group Sun5 released the CD Libertad, featuring vocalist Thomas Kivlan '03, guitarist Yohei Nakamura '04, and drummer Jason Kenyon '00. Visit

Nolan Warden of Boston, MA, wrote an article called "A History of the Conga Drum" that was published in the February issue of Percussive Notes. Visit

Pianist songwriter Nathan Duprey of Boston, MA, has released his self-produced debut album Phoenix Rising. Assistant Professor Rich Mendelson mastered the project. Visit

Rachel Loy '04  

Singer/songwriter Rachel Loy has released a new CD, titled Love the Mess. Visit to download MP3s.

Michael MacAllister of Astoria, NY, and his trio won the New York University (NYU) Costa Rica Jazz Trio Contest and will perform in San Jose, Costa Rica, in July as part of NYU's Promising Artists of the 21st Century program. Bassist Scott Hornick '98 and drummer James Windsor Wells complete the trio.

Composer Vardan Ovsepian of Newburyport, MA, composed music for the short film Dance by Gordon Przybyla. The film was screened in February at Newburyport's Firehouse Center for the Arts.

Guitarist/composer David Potaux-Razel of Brooklyn, NY, wrote the tune "Solferino" for the Clint Eastwood film Million Dollar Baby. The tune was included on Kyle Eastwood's album Paris Blue. Potaux-Razel is forming a label and publishing company to release his third recording, Tales from Stone Age.

Mohan Sundararaj of Chennai, India, will present a paper on integrative medicine at the World Congress of Music Therapy in Brisbane, Australia, in July.

Composer Michael Teoli '04 of Salem, NH, recently completed the score to the feature-length film After Roberto. The film, shot in northern Italy, features 82 minutes of original music and was premiered in New York City in February.

  Courtney Cooper '05

Vocalist Courtney Cooper of Los Angeles, CA, sang the lead vocal on the Avalon Dance Club commercial that has been in rotation on most Comcast cable channels including MTV, VH1, and Spike TV. For more information, visit