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Composer Roger Aldridge of Olney, MD, and Todd Van Gelder '83 have teamed up to form B-WOB, a 10-piece contemporary music ensemble. The ensemble draws on a range of musical styles and features original compositions by Aldridge and Jack Walrath '68. Visit


Composer Charles Mymit of Forest Hills, NY, published his seventh book, Getting My Act Together, a guide for the cabaret singer. In May he composed "Theme for the 23rd Century" to be performed by the Five Towns College concert band, and he is now completing coursework for his doctoral degree in composition.

Producer Philip Palombo of Providence, RI, is a professor at Rhode Island College. He coproduced Hope Radio Sessions for Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters on Stony Plain Records. It features Duke Robillard and Berklee faculty member Dave Limina.


  David Dubinsky '73


Trumpeter David Dubinsky of Chelmsford, MA, is featured on the CD This Is It with the band Rico Barr & the Jump 'n' Jive Review. The disc is available at CD Baby. Dubinsky serves as the vice president of education and outreach on the board of the Boston Symphony/Pops Volunteer Organization.


Drummer Patrick Kurdy of Boise, ID, is the president of the Idaho Jazz Society. Established to promote the art of jazz in Idaho, the society provides college scholarships for young jazz musicians. This year, the society is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Visit

In October keyboardist John Novello of North Hollywood, CA, held a release party for Novello's B3 Soul CD at the Jazz Alley in Seattle, WA. Novello B3 Soul also features saxophonist Eric Marienthal '79, bassist Melvin Davis, and drummer Raymond Griffin. Visit




Jack Evans of Katonah, NY, and his band Reverend Zen were finalists and semifinalists in song contests in Paris, France; the United Kingdom; and Australia. Visit


Singer/songwriter Charles Hiestand of Seattle, WA, released his fourth CD, Mosaic, with his band Identity Crisis. Hiestand's songs and Jean Mishler's vocals blend jazz, pop, and classical styles. Visit


Guitarist William Fitzhugh of Hendersonville, TN, published his book Classical Guitar for the Steel String Guitarist for Hal Leonard Corp. publications.


Gail Jhonson '79  


Pianist Gail Jhonson of Van Nuys, CA, released the CD Pearls, a collection of smooth-jazz and contemporary compositions, on the NuGroove record label. Visit

Cellist and bass guitarist Cliff Latshaw of Cheyenne, WY, introduced the Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp for Newbasstone Inc., an electronics manufacturing company founded by Latshaw in 2004. Visit

Trumpeter Jonathan Lax of Summit, NJ, performs with the Herald Trumpet Ensemble and Mirandola Fanfare Trumpets at renaissance and medieval fairs. Lax teaches instrumental music and leads several ensembles at the Dr. Walter F. Robinson School and the Lincoln Community School in Bayonne, NJ.


Arranger and producer Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, released the new CD Saxolollapalooza. Visit

Guitarist Ti Muntarbhorn of North Hollywood, CA, participated in neuroscientists' and psychologists' first long-term study on the effects of intensive meditation training on attention, cognitive performance, emotion regulation, and health. Visit

Anthony J. Resta of Westford, MA, cowrote "To the Stars" with the band Cohesive. The song won in the Los Angeles Music Awards' Adult Alternative category. Resta's song "Love Is a Twisted Melancholy Disease" reached number 24 on ReverbNation's alternative chart.

Drummer Bill Spoke of Hollywood, CA, plays with blues-rock band Burning Wagon.



Chromatic harmonica player Adam Glasser of London, England, released the album Free at First on Sunnyside Records. Visit

Saxophonist Donald Harrison of New Orleans, LA, released the CD The Chosen. The disc features current Berklee students Victor Gould (piano), Max Moran (bass), and Joseph Dyson (drums).

Drummer and composer Jeff "Tain" Watts of Brooklyn, NY, released WATTS, a sociopolitical concept album that features Branford Marsalis '80, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, and bassist Christian McBride. Visit


  Chris Hough '82


Guitarist and composer Chris Hough of Draper, UT, released his debut CD, Turn for the West, which features his trio playing 10 original jazz compositions. Visit


Violinist Benjamin Smeall of Green Bay, WI, currently plays violin with Mariachi Estrella. He wrote a method book on improvisation for students at the early-instruction level.


Saxophonist Jody Espina of Savannah, GA, released the two-DVD set The Music of George Garzone & the Triadic Chromatic Approach. It is a comprehensive, intimate portrait of the legendary tenor man and jazz educator. Espina is also the president of JodyJazz Inc. Visit

John Howell of Chicago, IL, is a popular talk show host for Chicago's WIND 560 station. Previously he appeared on WUSN-FM and has been a host and an interviewer of political and musical guests.


Don Breithaupt of Ontario, Canada, received his second consecutive SOCAN award for his theme and underscore for 6teen, which airs on the Cartoon Network. He produced and cowrote "Every Time It Snows" for Blue Note Records artist Marc Jordan. And for the fifth consecutive year, Breithaupt was nominated in the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards' Keyboardist/Pianist of the Year category. Visit

Ray DiVirgilio of Newark, NJ, teaches instrumental music for Northeastern Music Publications and plays gigs on guitar and clarinet in Philadelphia.


Bassist Thomas Boyce of Reno, NV, and his band the Famous Wannabes were voted Austin City Limits Music Festival's top band from Nevada. The band penned "Government Fools," a nonpartisan song released before the 2008 presidential election.

David Peterson of Oak Park, IL, received his registered piano technician status with the Piano Technicians Guild and has established his own piano-tuning business in Chicago. Visit


Singer/songwriter Julie Kinscheck of Billerica, MA, released Grace with Jazz on Top, which is airing on radio stations in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Caribbean. The disc was produced by Berklee staff member Ralph Kinscheck and features faculty members Joe Galeota (percussion) and Jim Peterson (guitar).


Singer/songwriter Pete Buchwald of Arvada, CO, released his new children's CD Get on the Bus. His work with video creator Bear Cahill on The Booples was featured in a Telly Award-winning episode.

Trip Young of Malibu, CA, was recently appointed the executive director of special projects at Immergent in Los Angeles, CA.


Composer Mitchell Clyman of Jerusalem, Israel, runs Muso Productions Ltd. and recently completed automated dialog replacement (ADR) work for the new HBO series The Ninth, written and directed by David Milch (of NYPD Blue). He also did ADR work on the BBC-HBO mini series House of Saddam and the feature film The Deal and is scoring an animated series. Visit

Robert Lehmann of Stoneham, MA, is the chair of the New England Institute of Art's Audio Media and Technology program, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Visit


Pianist and composer Doug Hammer of Lynn, MA, released Baby Music 1 and Baby Music 2, which feature 78-minute piano improvisations created for the birth of his children. Hammer also released Noel, a solo-piano Christmas CD. Visit


Composer and songwriter John Alexander of Roselle, NJ, released SongFrame Songwriter's Toolkit, a set of music composition software tools to enable file sharing among musicians. Visit

Drummer and recording engineer Geoff Chase of Watertown, MA, engineered the debut CD Sidewalk Mary by his all-instrumental rock band Axemunkee. Visit

Bassist Elise MacDonald of Ipswich, NH, is the director of Studio 99 in Nashua, a music-education studio and art space for events in Nashua's Millyard District. Visit


Brian Brodeur of Montclair, NJ, and his company NewYorkDVD worked on the encoding and authoring of Phish's live double DVD Walnut Creek, which debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Music Video chart. Brodeur also worked on John Davis's Marshfield Tornado enhanced CD, which ranked at number one on Visit www.

Drummer Anders Mogensen of Copenhagen, Denmark, Rudresh Mahanthappa '92, and Kasper Tranberg '92 recorded the CD Real People.


Pianist, producer, and songwriter Barry D. of Valley Stream, NY, was nominated for a 2009 Stellar Award for his acclaimed project Born to Play.

Hilary Ann Feldman of Wheeling, IL, released her debut CD, Taking Flight, which was named the 2008 Cabaret/Folk CD of the Year by Cabaret Scenes magazine. Visit

Arranger and producer Paul Hoyle of Miami, FL, arranged and produced an album for Berklee alumna Lovell Frank. He also produced albums for Rebel?on Chicana, Maria Esther, and Amy Carol Webb, among others. In 2004, Hoyle won a Latin Grammy with Cuban singer Albita and in 2007 was nominated for his work on Luisa Maria Guell's tango album.


Saxophonist Richard D'Abreu of Richmond, VA, released the single "Look and Live" from his upcoming CD Jazz in the Spirit, which is on the independent New York-based label BONE Entertainment. Visit www.


Lisa Donahey '94  

Singer/songwriter Lisa Donahey of Van Nuys, CA, released her debut CD, Lisa Donahey: She's Got It Covered. The album is a compilation of Donahey's interpretations of classic songs. Keyboardists Pathik Desai '94 and Chris Gestrin '95 played on the disc. Visit



Saxophonist Teodross Avery of Brooklyn, NY, released Bridging the Gap: Hip-Hop Jazz, Vol. 1. In addition to working on his own music, Avery has played or recorded with Amy Winehouse, Leela James, Joss Stone, Mos Def, Pat Monahan, and Lauryn Hill, among other artists. Visit

Composer Gonzalo Grau of Silver Spring, MD, was nominated for his second salsa album, Frutero Moderno, in the Best Tropical Latin Album category at the 51st Annual Grammy awards. Both the Atlanta Symphony and the Chicago Symphony orchestras commissioned symphonic compositions by Grau. Visit

Ronald Lok Shing Ng of Hong Kong is the founder and president of the Baron School of Music, the first professional pop-classical music school in Hong Kong. He also owns a production company called Baron Productions and Artists Management Co. Ltd. Visit

Composer Emil Temeltas of Miami Shores, FL, won the Best Music Award at the 48-Hour Film Project for his score in the movie The Art of Roadkill. Visit

In 2006, singer/songwriter and pianist Christy Zarlengo of Boston, MA, opened the Children's Music Center of Jamaica Plain to offer group and private music classes for young children. She also released Little Virtuoso, an interactive children's DVD. Visit


Producer Scott Burton of Beverly Hills, CA, mixes and produces music for national ad campaigns for Zales, the Florida Citrus Miracle campaign, and Hyundai Motor America. Shoot magazine selected three spots on which Burton worked for its biannual issue that features the top 10 picks for music and sound. Visit

Erik Steigen of Los Angeles, CA, is the director of publishing and royalties at Provident Financial Management. He was part of the A& R team for the Barack Obama presidential campaign album Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement.


Guitarist Justin Ballard of Quincy, MA, and his band Debris (featuring Bryan Bayles '98), released their new album Operation Bostar. Visit



  Paco Charlin '97

Bassist Paco Charlin of Pontevedra, Spain, has released the CD Visions featuring nine originals performed by Charlin's jazz quintet. Visit


Composer and guitarist Jorge Farall of Tucan, Argentina, wrote a two-movement piece for solo guitar that was recorded by Pablo Gonz?les Jazey and published by the National Endowment for the Arts-Argentina. The folio Guitarra Tucumana is a compilation of pieces written by composers from the province of Tucum?n.

Sound editor Stephen Parise of North Hollywood, CA, has worked on music for various television shows on VH1 and the History Channel, including Rock of Love, Dogfights, and Battle 360. He also worked on Life without People, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming category.


Saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen of New York City released a new CD titled Notes from the Village on Anzic Records. Visit

Sherwood "Chuck" Doud of San Francisco, CA, is the head of Music at Sony PlayStation. His department manages the creative, production, technical, and business aspects of video-game music for Sony's first-party titles.


Brant Grieshaber  

Brant Grieshaber of Boston, MA, and his progressive rock group Ra Quintet released the five-song EP The Beginning on the Bennett Alliance label. Grieshaber endorses Godin Guitars and JazzKat amplifiers and has published The Ultimate Guitarist's Survival Guide. Visit


Saxophonist Alon Farber of Sava, Israel, and his group the Alon Farber Hagiga Sextet released Optimistic View, the group's second CD on the Spanish label Fresh Sound. The music was composed by Alon Farber and arranged by Dani Benedikt '98 and Farber. Visit

Gerard Salonga of Muntinlupa City, Philippines, is the music director of FILharmoniKA, a professional chamber orchestra in Manila. On Christmas Eve 2008, he was the guest conductor for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanying singer/songwriter Lee-Hom Wang '99.

Jerome Sabbagh of Brooklyn, NY, released The Bar Next Door with the Jerome Sabbagh Trio. Visit


Bassist Guido Farusi Stewart of Madrid, Spain, is the bassist for the musical Ana Frank: Un Canto a la Vida, and for the Periferica Big Band and the jazz jam sessions at Café Zanzibar and Café Las Tablas in Madrid. He also plays with Cuban singer Isbel Noa and Spanish singer Naim Thomas. Visit


  Angelo Milli '99


Leo Blanco of Roxbury, MA, released the new CD Africa Latina on the Ayva Music label. Visit

Mandolinist Joseph Brent of New York City released Point of Departure, his debut CD featuring duets with Julliard harp instructor Bridget Kibbey. He headlined the Montreal convention of the Classical Mandolin Society of America convention and has performed with the Tanglewood fellows in a celebration of Elliot Carter's centennial concert. Visit

Trumpeter and composer Avishai Cohen of Brooklyn, NY, released Flood on Anzic Records. Flood is the second album in Cohen's Big Rain trilogy and the follow-up to the critically acclaimed After the Big Rain. He also released Seven, a three-hour soundtrack that is part of an art installation at the former New York Times Building.

Jim Magoon of Manchester, NH, is touring with Recycled Percussion, the nation's largest touring drumming act, which has brought "power percussion" and "junk rock" into the mainstream. The group is currently one of the most in-demand half-time entertainment acts for the NBA and the NFL and one of the most heavily booked college acts. Visit

Angelo Milli of Miami Beach, FL, composed the score for the feature film Seven Pounds starring Will Smith. The film was released in December 2008.


Sean Noonan of North Easton, MA, released Boxing Dreams with his band Brewed by Noon. The multilingual album includes "Courage," a tribute to Rocky Marciano, the lightweight-boxing champion from Brockton, MA.


Josh Preston of Nashville, TN, released his CD Exit Sounds, his third full-length album released on his own Me and the Machine Records. Visit


Sean Noonan '99  

Makeba Riddick of Randallstown, MD, is a co-writer of "Live Your Life" with C.J. Harris, J. Smith, and B.D. Mihai. Recorded by T.I. and Rihanna, it appears on the album Paper Train. It was a number-one hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


Guitarist Jason Diana of Altamonte Springs, FL, and his band Rabbits with Glasses recently opened for Toadies at the House of Blues and finished a video for the title track of the group's Switching off the Trees EP.

Composer and sound designer Haddon Givens Kime of Atlanta, GA, received the Tanne Foundation's 2008 Tanne Award for outstanding achievement in the arts. The Independent Reviewers of New England also gave him two awards for outstanding sound design and composition for his work on theatrical productions. Kime has created scores and sound designs for many regional and off-Broadway productions.



Saxophonist Bob Reynolds has relocated to Los Angeles, CA, after eight years in New York. He recently worked with John Mayer and Australian singer Guy Sebastian on a recording produced by Ryan Harris. He also appeared on a TV show backing Michael Bublé. Visit

Bassist Daniel Gordon of Los Angeles, CA, plays bass on three tracks for Scott Weiland's solo record Happy in Galoshes, which was released in November 2008.


  Alumni Take Song Honors
Congratulations to the four Berklee alumni who placed in the 2008 USA Songwriting Competition:

  • Hanneke Cassel '00: First prize, instrumental: third prize overall
  • Nial Djuliarso '04: Finalist, jazz
  • Katie Miner, '99: Finalist, gospel/inspirational
  • Kyler England '00: Finalist, rock/alternative


Guitarist Vladimir Vasileski Cetkar of New York City, is featured as composer, guitarist, and singer on the CD We Will Never End. Visit

Hans Hafner of Berlin, Germany, composed music for several episodes of Ein Fall fur Zwei, one the longest-running crime shows in Germany. He has also scored the feature-length film Stepnica and several commercials and multimedia projects. Visit

Producer Matty "Trump" Harris of Jamaica Plain, MA, was named the hip-hop and R& B producer of the year at the 2008 Boston Music Awards. He has worked with Fat Joe, AZ, Ray Diamonds, Slaine, and others. Visit

Guitarist Lage Lund of Brooklyn, NY, released Early Songs on Criss Cross Jazz. It features drummer Kendrick Scott '03. Visit

Songwriter Michael Rachap of Atlanta, GA, created Readeez, Volume One, an award-winning DVD for children that introduces Rachap's immersive approach to reading instruction. Visit

Drummer Andrew Shoniker of Toronto, Canada, formed a quartet that includes Devrim Eldelekli '99 and Tom Richards '01. He endorses Mapex Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Vater Drumsticks, and Evans Drumheads. Visit


Corrinne May '02  


Aric Bieganek of East Hampton, MA, and his youth-oriented band Recess Rock released their debut studio record, Bright Lights, Big Kitty!!!.

Singer/songwriter Ma'ayan Castel of Boston, MA, released Walk on Water, her debut album produced by Leo Mellace '92. In October, Castel performed her material at her CD release party at Harpers Ferry in Allston, MA. Visit


Pianist/songwriter Corrinne May of Los Angeles released her CD Beautiful Seed on the Warner Music Singapore label. The disc was certified platinum in Singapore. Richard Furch '99 served as the engineer for the album's string ensemble sessions. Visit


Trombonist Lasim Richards of Miami, FL, currently performs with Locos por Juana. The group has been nominated for a 2009 Latin Grammy Award in the Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album category.

Curt Mychael of West Bend, WI, released his debut album Sketches in Time and is performing throughout the country. Visit

Singer/songwriter Putnam Murdock of Benicia, CA, released the CD Fiction, an acoustic album that blends folk and New Orleans styles and features several Berklee alumni. Visit

Dong Hoon Woo of Songpa-Gu, Korea, was hired as the deputy manager at KTF, a music-business team in Seoul. He handles digital licensing issues, database management, and concert funding. He also completed an internship at Universal Music Publishing Group and worked in the ABC Radio Music department.


  Chie Imaizumi '03


Guitarist B.J. Block of Vancouver, British Columbia, released the CD Glitterball. The disc features eight original songs with retro-dance grooves and ambient sounds. Visit

Bassist Annie Clements of Nashville, TN, is the bassist and background vocalist for the group Sugarland. The band's live cover of the Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town" has been nominated for a Grammy and features Clements on bass and backing vocals.

Chie Imaizumi, a composer, arranger, and conductor, of Denver, CO, was commissioned by the Falconaires, the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, to write the piece "Sharing the Freedom." Last fall the band premiered the song at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Imaizumi conducting. Visit


Drummer Luis Javier Santiago Sierra of San Juan, Puerto Rico, was promoted to chief warrant officer 2 as a U.S. Army bandmaster with the Puerto Rico National Guard. He composed five songs for the 28th Army Band's recording Recuerdos y Tradicion and was the disc's producer and percussionist. Uziel Colon '03, Francisco Kiko Hurtado '89, and Alfredo Hurtado '89 were featured on the recording. Visit



Producer Joel Dean of New York City produced Shayna Zaid's debut EP, Au Fait. Zaid's songs have been featured on The Young and the Restless and other productions. Visit

Kristian Habenicht of Los Angeles, CA, Mason Razavi '06, and Daniel Jayo have launched a website for online video music lessons called The constantly expanding site is a library of lessons and articles for musicians at all levels. Visit

Michael Kreher of South Hadley, MA, is the producer and Mason Taylor is a member of the band a'tris, which won the AirPlay Direct All Things Digital contest in the alternative-rock category. The band's video reached number one on the FameCast site.

Chris Oquist of Somerville, MA, was hired as marketing manager at Percussion Software. He was previously the manager of Web stores at Newbury Comics.

Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah of New York City released the new live CD and DVD Christian Scott: Live at Newport and, in October and November, headlined a tour in Europe and the United States. He also appears in the Jonathan Demme film Rachel Getting Married.


Shantell Ogden '05  


Composer David Bickel of Andover, MA, wrote eight songs for Digital Juice Inc., a world leader in royalty free music for filmmakers. He worked on three volumes for Worship StackTraxx. Visit product_volumes.asp?pvid=22.

Since June 2008, drummer Brent Marquez of Mentor, OH, has been on tour in the United States, Canada, and Japan with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Visit

Charlotte Moore of San Ramon, CA, was hired as a production accountant at Skywalker Sound, a division of Lucasfilm, in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also pursuing her MBA at Suffolk University.

Shantell Ogden of Nashville, TN, released the new CD, Water through Stone. Visit


Guitarist Georgi Sareski of Skopje, Macedonia, released Myau Myau, his third album of original music. Last year his quartet performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival, the Balkanic Windows Festival in Serbia, and the Clusone Jazz Festival in Italy. He has also recorded music for a documentary.


Singer/songwriter Lucas Carpenter of Jersey Shore, PA, released the CD The Pixelated Path featuring Aurelien Budynek '06, Matt Nakoa Pryor '06, Benny Appleby '08, Emily Huslander '09, and Carly Sperber '06. Visit

Lauren Martin of Metairie, LA, will deliver the presentation "Music Therapy in End-of-Life Care" at this spring's National Association of Social Workers State Conference in Louisiana.

Violinist Christopher Vuk of Cambridge, MA, directs the Boston String Quartet. The group kicked off a nine-city tour with a concert that premiered "Lost in Boston," an original song written for string quartet and rock band by Berklee student Neara Russell. The quartet was joined by Russell with fellow students Reben Cainer and Lonn Hayes for the performance.


Engineer Brad Fisher of Alpharetta, GA, recorded and mixed a song for Manchester Orchestra's EP I Can Feel a Hot One. The group's music was featured on the TV show Gossip Girl. Fisher is working on the band's second full-length album.

Guitarist Freddy Hall of Lorton, VA, plays lead guitar with the touring company for the musical Spring Awakening. The tour opened in San Francisco and will travel to 23 cities throughout the United States. Visit

Composer Yuudai Kimoto of Los Angeles, CA, scored the theatrical motion picture film 1895, which opened in theaters throughout Taiwan in November. Visit

Cian McCarthy of Brooklyn, NY, serves as the assistant conductor for the musical In the Heights, which has won four Tony Awards. Alex Lacamoire '96 is the show's main conductor.

Luciano Molinari of Rosario, Argentina, released his first album, Ca?da Libre. Visit

Guitar, banjo, and mandolin player Charlie Worsham of Nashville, TN, and his band KingBilly completed their first, self-titled album. The television channel Great American Country documented the process for the new series KingBilly.


Michael Cestaro of New York City was hired as a contract administrator at Genesis Networks Inc. in New York City.

Kelly Haechler of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, works as an event coordinator for Live Nation Middle East at the Live Nation office in Dubai.

Pianist Ryan McBride of Jersey City, NJ, toured with singers Adam Pascal and Larry Edoff, who released the CD Blinding Light. McBride is also an accompanist at the Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains, NY, and operates a private teaching practice.