Alum Notes


  Andrew Kastner '71

Dallas E. Hinton of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is a longtime music educator and the assistant conductor of the Vancouver Concert Band. He also plays in the clarinet ensemble called Vancouver Concert Band Clarinets and plays saxophone in the ensemble Sax of All Trades. Visit


Woodwind and keyboard player Marty Gilman of Auburn, MA, performed at Scullers Jazz Club with Pat Braxton's Tribute to Billie Holiday. He currently teaches music at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.


Composer and producer Andrew Kastner of Thousand Oaks, CA, is writing and producing the 30th anniversary record for his band Jack Mack & the Heart Attack. He has placed songs in the upcoming movies A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and Night of the Alien. He writes for film and TV and has recently partnered with director Tony Scott on a project. Visit


Pianist Steve Sternberg of Tallahassee, FL, released his third self-produced CD, Shout for Joy. His song "Apalachicola Blues" about the quaint Florida fishing village won the 2002 Best New Florida Song Contest. He teaches privately and performs throughout Florida.

Steve Sternberg '74  

Vibraphonist Ted Wolff of Santa Rosa, CA, released a new vibes and piano-based CD Cerulean Blue with pianist Laura Klein '77 to solid reviews. Visit


Composer Roger Bellon completed the score to Iron Cross, actor Roy Scheider's final cinematic performance at Abbey Road Studios, which was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Electric bassist Jeff Berlin of Asheville, NC, released the new jazz-trio CD High Standards on his MAJ Records label. The CD also features Woody Herman, alumnus Richard Drexler on piano, and upright bass and drummer Danny Gottlieb.

Drummer Bobby Deitch of Upper Nyack, NY, released The Drummer in You, one of the first books to apply tablature to the drum set. He is an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Rockland Community College as well as the drummer and musical director for Forever Ray, a Ray Charles Tribute. Visit


Guitarist and composer Tony Corman of Berkeley, CA, and Laura Klein '77 released the melodic modern jazz CD FivePlay Jazz Quintet on the group's Auraline Records label. In 1977 the pair met at Berklee, and since that time they have been life and musical partners. Visit


Drummer Jack Evans of Katonah, NY, and his band Reverend Zen were nominees in the 2009-2010 Artist of the Year and Song of the Year categories for their song "Boy Genius" at the ABC Radio Networks' Fame Games Effigy Awards in Costa del Sol, Spain. Visit

Saxophonist and composer Ambrose "Buck" Splescia of Honolulu, HI, has been working in the studio with Kirk Thompson of the group Kalapana. His music has been featured on KORL-FM smooth-jazz radio station.


Drummer Osami Mizuno of Tokyo, Japan, released The Alan Dawson Drum Method, Vol. 1, Snare Drum Technique, which is in its seventh reprinting. Visit


  Anthony J. Resta '80
  Liz Linder

Drummer Dean Lopes of Port Saint Lucie, FL, released You Can Play Drumset: Instruction in Drummadness, a drum instructional manual for new musicians. Visit

Anthony J. Resta of Westford, MA, and his studio Bopnique Musique celebrated the studio's 15th anniversary in November. Resta worked on new recordings by Serial Thriller, Kat McGivern, Casey Desmond, and other artists. Visit

Guitarist Rick Stone of Brooklyn, NY, endorses D'Angelico Guitars. Stone's trio performs regularly at Garage Restaurant and other New York City-area venues. He teaches jazz guitar at Hofstra University, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and the Jazzmobile Sunday workshop program. Visit


Singer/songwriter Beth Sass of Nashville, TN, gave a presentation on mentoring creativity at a March conference at Oglethorpe University, in Atlanta, GA. Sass created, directs, and teaches early-childhood and elementary-school music programs at Akiva School and Gordon Jewish Community Center in Nashville. Visit


Pratak Faisupagran of Bangkok, Thailand, received the Thailand International Jazz Conference Lifetime Achievement Award from the music college of the Mahidol University.

Billy James of Asheville, NC, owns and operates a music publicity company called Glass Onyon PR. His clients include Jeff Berlin, Flo & Eddie, Don Preston, and others. He published his seventh book, a second volume of a biographical series on music legend Todd Rundgren, and completed a new CD Electronic Church Muzik under his musical alias Ant-Bee. Visit

David Ganc '84  

Mark Alan Schulz of Barberton, OH, was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the PBS documentary Final Edition: Journalism According to John S. Knight.


Guitarist Jeff Troxel of Cody, WY, published the guitar books The Guitar Player's Right Hand Workout on High View Publications and Flatpicking Up the Neck on Mel Bay Publications. Visit


Flutist and saxophonist David Ganc of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, released the book Choro Duets Vol.1: Pixinguinha and Benedito Lacerda, along with woodwind player Màrio Sève. The book features a play-along CD, containing transcriptions of counterpoint played by Brazilian choro master Pixinguinha. The book is for C, Bb, and Eb instruments and is published by Irmãos Vitale. Visit

Arranger and multi-instrumentalist Marc Muller of Neptune, NJ, released the CD Songs on My Hard Drive, featuring Victor Wooten, Rod Morgenstein, and Anton Fig. His song "Free Man in NJ" was featured on the Weather Channel in March. Muller also recorded, arranged, and performed music for Laura Bell Bundy's debut hit CD, Achin' and Shakin'. Visit


Saxophonist Jeff Sparks of Tyrone, GA, released his debut album, Love.Life.Soul on Arrow Records/Universal. His first single, "Paradise," tied the top spot as the most added single on Jazz



  Michéal Castaldo '86

Singer and composer Michéal Castaldo of New York City released his third CD, Aceto, an Italian classical crossover album. He was also awarded a 2009 GigMasters Rising Star Award. Visit

Producer and arranger Michael Knespel of Greely, CO, arranged seven songs on a new release by Durcy Marshall.



Arul Karttikeya of Princeton, NJ, and his quartet Dharma Jazz released their new live CD Just Four, which combines elements of North Indian classical music and jazz. Visit

Saxophonist and teacher Steve Neff of Brookline, NH, recently completed Mastering the Major Bebop Scale and Sound, his fifth book. He also operates a popular jazz improvisation and saxophone video lesson site. Visit


Philip DiTullio of Milford, MA, is a composer and teacher of the Schillinger System of Musical Composition (see He is the cofounder of the Schillinger Society and the Practical Schillinger International Music School.


Guitarist John Baldwin of Virginia Beach, VA, won the award in Port Folio Weekly magazine's Best Blues Artist category and received an ASCAPLUS award. He recently performed live on FOX 43 TV-WVBT, and his music has aired on MTV's Parental Control and Engaged & Underage. He also released the four-song EP Six String Slinger, featuring Ivan Bodley '92 and many others. Visit

Daniel Pearson '91 and Taku Hirano '95  

Producer and composer Cyril Boehler of Zurich, Switzerland, was commissioned to write and produce music and sound design for all arts TV magazines on Swiss public television. He released the album Songs of Lucid Dreamers under the stage name Zwicker. Visit

Doug Sinning of Oviedo, FL, launched an interactive online teaching method for voice, piano, and songwriting. Visit


Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Pearson of Glendale, CA, released the CD Metro, with his electronica duo Tao of Sound featuring Taku Hirano '95 on Japan's Domo record label. He has also toured worldwide with guitarist Richie Kotzen. Visit


Bassist Bryan Beller of Nashville, TN, and the Bryan Beller Band will join the Mike Keneally Band for the "They're Both the Same Band Northeast Tour" in 2010. Visit

Guitarist Tom Lagana of Crofton, MD, released Schematic on the Harvest Time Entertainment label. The disc features eight originals, plus tunes by Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, and spotlights saxophonist and faculty member George Garzone '72. Visit

Bassist Jason Langley of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, is the bass player for the national Broadway tour of Dreamgirls. In May he spent three weeks in Tokyo and will tour the United States throughout 2010.


Engineer and bassist Sal Gnolfo of Austin, TX, recorded, engineered, and played bass on the five-song Atomic Brother EP Pretty Little Lunatic released in May. Visit

Guitarist Jim Pelz of Maineville, OH, played guitar and contributed eight songs to Firefly, the debut CD from his band Hickory Robot. He also played guitar and contributed the original tune "Lila" to Bill Gemmer's Royal Palm Orchestra recording Deed I Do. Visit Hickory Robot on Facebook.

Composer Mark Sensinger of Andover, MA, orchestrated the show The Rat Pack: A Symphonic Celebration! for Broadway Pops International. The production featured Broadway veterans Sal Viviano, Nat Chandler, and Eric Jordan Young performing with the Capitol Center Jazz Orchestra. Visit


"Metal" Mike Chlasciak of Wayne, NJ, will play Ozzfest 2010 with Halford, which will share the bill with Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, and others. Visit

  Keith Williams '95

Drummer Nate Morton of Los Angeles, CA, has played drums for the past two years in Cher's show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.


Drummer Christopher "Swiss Chris" Flueck of Brooklyn, NY, is touring Brazil and South Africa with Gloria Gaynor. He appeared at the Roots Picnic with Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew and is working on a new album, The First Telephone, featuring DMC. Visit

Composer Camara Kambon of Veneta, OR, scored Reggie Rock Bythewood's documentary One Night in Vegas, which aired on ESPN in September.

Jazz pianist and composer Johannes Wallmann of Hayward, CA, earned a Ph.D. in jazz studies from New York University in May. Wallmann is an assistant professor of music and the director of jazz studies at California State University, East Bay. Visit

Guitarist Keith Williams of Birmingham, AL, released the CD New Birth. Visit


Guitarist and composer Pablo Arrieta of Pozuelo Alarcón, Spain, released Daqui Pra La with Nanà Vasconcelos. Arrieta received his master's degree from Queens College and is a classical guitar professor in Spain. He has performed throughout Brazil and Spain. Visit

Pablo Arrieta '96  

Engineer and sound designer Jake Carter of Old Lyme, CT, has been appointed as a product specialist for Sennheiser and is the point person for all technical and product-related information for Sennheiser's distributed brands. Visit

Julian Graciano of Buenos Aires, Argentina, won first prize at the Antorcha Cultural Contest for his composition "Five Avenues" by his trio Tango en Tres. Visit

Composer Stefan Held of Brooklyn, NY, produced, recorded, and composed original music for MTV and MTV2's Pimp My Ride and Making the Band, Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker, Land Rover commercials, and numerous indie movies. Visit

Percussionist Doug Hinrichs of Jersey City, NJ, invented Latin percussion's one-handed triangle, a new instrument that recently won the Music Industry Press Association award in the Best Percussion Product Developed in 2009 category. Hinrichs plays percussion in the Broadway show In the Heights and works on various other projects in New York City.

Singer and lyricist Alfee Westgroves of Worcester, MA, released the EP May Your Dreams Be Sweet: Lullabies Whispered in a Little One's Ear, a collection of a cappella lullabies.


Guitarist Ralf Krebs of Berlin, Germany, released Berlin, a new CD featuring nylon-string guitar in jazz and Latin music. He plays various guitars and percussion on the album. Visit


Lorelei Loveridge of Lancashire, United Kingdom, chaired the World Music Expo 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In August she plans to relocate her record label and business to Doha, Qatar, to support the development of musical culture and infrastructure in the region. She is also pursuing a master's in arts and cultural management at the University of South Australia.

Lupa Santiago of Paraiso, Brazil, has published threee books on improvisation, voice leading for guitar, and odd meters in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. For more information visit

Songwriter Ben Stellpflug of Orlando, FL, served as the coproducer and songwriter on Greatest Lineup Ever: Baseball Songs, Vol. 1, a 10-song baseball-inspired album released by

Guitarist Patrick Walters of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, was featured in the Quick Licks instructional column of Guitar Player magazine in July. An accompanying video was featured on the Guitar Player website. Visit

Singer/songwriter Sally Zito of West Hollywood, CA, won the Comet Award in the Best Performer/Songwriter category at the Los Angeles Women in Music competition. She leads the Sally Zito Project. Visit


Matt Cusson of Adams, MA, made a musical cameo on the Dylan Smith episode of The Millionaire Matchmaker and was a guest on The Brian McKnight Show. His debut album was selected as one of the top 10 best of 2009 in the Japanese magazine BMR. He is currently touring with Brian McKnight.

Michael Eggar of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, released an ear-training application that can be found under Ear Training by Tonal Apps on iTunes.

Bassist Yukiko Fujii of Boston, MA, and the blue-rock trio Tokyo Tramps released With These Hands, featuring Satoru Nakagawa '00 and Kosei Fukuyama '07. The band won the River City Ohio Blues Competition in 2010 and will go on to the International Blues Challenge in 2011. Visit

Singer/songwriter Robin McKelle of Rochester, NY, released her third album, Mess Around, on RCA/Victor/Sony Music in France and E1 Entertainment in the United States. Visit

Guitarist and composer Rale Micic of Bronx, NY, released 3 on CTA Records with his trio, which includes bassist Sean Conly and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. He was also a featured performer at the Jazz Journalists Association's JJA Jazz Awards 2010. Visit

Tricia Williams Steel of Los Angeles, CA, is the director of programming for the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, where she works with schools and individuals across the country to provide instruments for students. Visit


Clement Fung of Hong Kong and his band Rubber Band opened for Kelly Clarkson's "All I Ever Wanted" tour in Macao. Visit

Jon Neufeld of Brooklyn, NY, and his group Jonka released their debut album, Slow and Steady Wins the Race. The Brooklyn-based electro-pop boy-girl duo has a synthy, eighties-throwback sound. Visit

Kindra Parker of Detroit, MI, has been named as the vice president and executive director of the J. Dilla Foundation, which helps fund inner-city music programs and scholarships for students attending schools with progressive curricula.


  Rachel McGoye '02

Drummer Mike Van Dyne of Cohoes, NY, performed with his band Arsis on tours of Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the United States between October 2009 and March 2010. Visit

Sara Leib of Los Angeles, CA, traveled to Nepal, New Zealand, Thailand, and Greece and gave concerts and workshops on jazz vocal improvisation. In 2010 she launched, a website dedicated to offering premium voice-lesson content and interviews with singers. For Berklee alumni who are touring the L.A. area and want to appear on the show, contact Leib at


LaQuin Lay of Somerset, NJ, and her band Just a Lilbit released their new CD Gangsta Smooth Jazz. The band features alumni Enoch Smith Jr., Jesse Ryan, Paula Green, and Jordan Scannella. Visit

Donovan Pyle '03  

Singer/songwriter Rachel McGoye of West Hollywood, CA, released her fourth EP, Ghetto Gloss, produced by Alex Band, formerly of the Calling. Visit

Ari S. Pizer of Philadelphia, PA, received his master's degree in music therapy from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.


Guitarist Francisco Juarez Goñi of Buenos Aires, Argentina, released his first self-produced album, SOLO, which includes 10 original compositions for solo Spanish guitar. He is an active performer and teacher. Visit

Singer/songwriter Leah Driscoll of Santa Monica, CA, released her single "If This Is Love," which was written and produced by Gary Miller. The track has been remixed by Mike Rizzo, Josh Harris, and the United Kingdom's Soul Seekerz. Visit

  Melinda Colaizzi '04

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Dave Madden of Austin, TX, released Open Eyed/Broken Wide, a pair of albums available exclusively via Internet download. Visit

Drummer and audio engineer Donovan Pyle of New York City served as the assistant mix engineer to Carl Glanville on U2's 360 live tour DVD. Pyle and his band the Auctioneers recently performed at the Wanee Music Festival with the Allman Brothers, among other artists. Visit

John Taylor of State College, PA, is currently the music director for the Jonas Brothers.


Singer/songwriter Melinda Colaizzi of West Hollywood, CA, released her latest EP Don't Be Sweet, which was recorded at the House of Blues and Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles and features a song cowritten with producer Kevin Bowe. The title track was a semifinalist in this year's International Songwriting Competition and will be featured in the upcoming movie Deference. Visit

Rebecca Loebe '04  

Saxophonist and composer Takao Iwaki of Queens, NY, released his debut CD, Introducing, featuring Tadataka Unno (piano), David Wong (bass), and Quincy Davis (drums). Visit

Singer/songwriter Rebecca Loebe of Roswell, GA, released her third studio record, Mystery Prize, which spent eight weeks in AMA's Americana Top 40 Chart. The CD was funded entirely by pre-orders from fans. In 2009 she won the New Folk songwriting contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Visit

Clare McLeod of Collingwood Vic, Australia, and her company CMC Productions produced a series of seminars this spring featuring Berklee professors Stephen Webber and Pat Pattison. Her company will present Assistant Professor of Songwriting Mark Simos for weekend clinics in Auckland, New Zealand, on July 31; in Melbourne on August 8; and in Sydney, Australia, on August 14.

  Clare McLeod '04

Guitarist and composer Nobuki Takamen of Jersey City, NJ, released his third album, Live at the Iridium, on Summit Records. It was recorded live at New York City's Iridium jazz club with Hitoshi Kanda (piano), John Lenis (bass), and Yutaka Uchida (drums). Visit

Engineer Miles Walker of Atlanta, GA, received a Grammy for his work on Beyoncé's album I Am . . . Sasha Fierce.


Pianist Mihoko Abe of Arlington, MA, released her debut album We'll See featuring Yoron Israel on drums and Thomas Hebb on bass.

Engineer Jonathan Crone of Franklin, TN, received a 2009 Grammy in the Best Gospel Album category for his contribution to Audience of One by Heather Headley and was recognized for his contribution as an engineer on a song from the Oh Happy Day album. He is producing and developing Celica Westbrook, who just signed a joint management-record deal with Ne-Yo and Island Def Jam. Visit

Mihoko Abe '05  

Bassist Marcelo Feldman of Los Angeles, CA, is the music director and bassist for the upcoming tour of Hannah Montana star Mitchel Musso. Visit

Songwriter Shantell Ogden of Nashville, TN, and her cowriter Bill DiLuigi signed their first single-song contract with a Nashville-based publisher.


Joey Chang, aka "CelloJoe," of Santa Clara, CA, and the Ginger Ninjas became the first musical act to tour by bicycle, traveling 5,000 miles from southern Mexico. In 2009 the Ginger Ninjas rode from Portland, OR, to Vancouver, British Columbia, on the first-ever Bicycle Music Festival. Visit

Plamen Karadonev of Newton, MA, released his debut album, Crossing Lines, in 2008, which features Hal Crook, George Garzone, Elena Koleva, Austin McMahon, Kendall Eddy, and Lee Fish. In 2009 he also played with trumpeter Randy Brecker at a jazz festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Visit

Billy Moschella Jr. of Redondo Beach, CA, and his folk music group Serenity released their debut album, The Passage of Time, in April at the Talking Stick in Venice, CA. Visit

  Ross Gruet '07 and Bruce Springsteen

Bassist Bill Pratt of Bedford, PA, released Pictures to Prove It, a book that shares tips from industry professionals and successful musicians and is geared toward college graduates entering the business world.

Guitarist Mckay Tebbs of Cedar City, UT, will pursue a master's degree in studio/jazz guitar at the University of Southern California beginning in the fall. Since leaving Berklee, he has served as an adjunct professor of guitar at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.


Composer and multi-instrumentalist James Austin Dickerson of Los Angeles, CA, cowrote and produced the song "Love Is Funny" that was featured in a joint promotional campaign trailer for Hewlett-Packard and Sex and the City 2. Stephen Herring '07 played tenor saxophone on the recording. Visit

Jamie Fletcher '07  

Jamie Fletcher of Greenleaf, WI, debuted her first orchestral score, a jazz arrangement of "Amazing Grace" on May 9 at the Seoul Arts Center with the Muse Symphony Orchestra. She performs with several bands in her home state of Wisconsin. Visit

Ross Gruet of Durham, NC, was hired at Sound Pure Studios as a guitar and amplifier expert salesperson, where he jammed with Bruce Springsteen during the artist's recent visit to the store. He also recorded and toured with Automatic Loveletter and Shanghai Thrills.

Angela "Angie Marie" Magliocca of Massapequa, NY, and her band the Outskirts were selected for Pittsburgh Pride 2010 in June and Queens County Festival in August. She recently launched a website containing her songs, videos, news, and show dates. Visit

Tony Rincon of Fairview, OK, hosted PBS's OETA program producer Dave Tamez and segment producer Randy Hayes at his workshop Red Cedar Creations. The OETA Gallery Series followed Rincon onstage to hear his music and got behind the scenes to see the craftsmanship of his instruments. Visit

Guitarist Jarrod Taylor of Center Harbor, NH, teaches for the Sam Ash Music Institute and privately. He is also a member of the Ron Noyes Band, which recently signed to Round Cat Records. The band will release an album with special guest John Popper of Blues Traveler. The group was recently voted Best Original Band in New Hampshire by the Hippo's Best of 2010 survey.


Saxophonist Michael Flanagan of Milton, MA, released his debut album Elevator Music, which features Yasko Kubota '88, Colin Sapp '02, and Nichelle Mungo '97. Visit

  Amy Heidemann '08 and Nick Noonan '08

Singer/songwriter Amy Heidemann of Boston, MA, released Inside Out, the debut EP by her acoustic duo Karmin, which also features Nick Noonan '08. The EP was produced by Steve Catizone '94 and mixed by engineer Yan Perchuk '06. Visit

Engineer Manuel Jimenez of Los Angeles, CA, assisted Pablo Munguia '97 on The Academy Awards broadcast, which won a 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Award for music mixing. Recently he worked as the mixing engineer on Nada Es Accidental by Joel Waldman '09 and on Back Home by Haydn Cole '08. He also recorded Ringo Starr's live performance at the Grammy Museum and worked as a mix assistant for Madonna and Daughtry. Visit

Bassist Max Zigman of Santa Cruz, CA, and the death-metal band Son of Aurelius released their debut album, The Farthest Reaches, on the Good Flight music label. The CD was produced by Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. Visit


Drummer Jovol "Bam Bam" Bell is touring with Interscope Records rising star Jared Evan. They played the Bamboozle musical festival in May and are part of the summer tour with Pharrell and the N.E.R.D. Bell's band Reality includes Nadine Ford '07, Tuffus Zimbabwe '05, Alex Smith '08, Serghio Jansen, Pat Jones, Loomis, and Andrei Matorin '09. Visit

Jazz violinist and composer Andrei Matorin of New York City released his debut album Opus. Visit