Alumni Beat

  From the left: Rashawn Ross '00, Sean Hurley '92, and Bob Reynolds '00 during a campus visit.
  Photos by Phil Farnsworth
  From the left: Jonathan Ong, President Roger Brown, and William Wells after the May 7 commencement ceremonies.
  Benjamin Ong
  From the left: Jeff Ramsay '90, Karen Bell '90, Annie Clements '03, Johnny Duke '09, and Bob Doezema '76 after a May concert at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA, featuring Sugarland and Little Big Town. Clements plays bass for Sugarland and Duke plays guitar for Little Big Town.

The largest graduating class in Berklee's history has just made the transition from students to alumni. I offer congratulations and well wishes to all.

The Alumni Affairs Office is creating a mentoring program to connect alumni with students as they prepare for their careers. In recent months, several alumni have visited the campus to share their experiences with students. In early April, Bob Reynolds '00 and Sean Hurley '92 (the saxophonist and bass player, respectively, for John Mayer's band), and Rashawn Ross '00 (trumpet player for the Dave Matthews Band) stopped by. Dubbed "Triple Threat," the trio spent two days on campus and gave a clinic and concert. They used their clinic as an open audition to find a student drummer for their show at Café 939. The trio also shared insight gained from working with top artists and conducted a pro rehearsal where they taught a student drummer, guitarist, and keyboardist original material penned by Reynolds. The clinic and the performance were captured on a DVD that is available on campus in Berklee's Media Center.

Alumna Annie Clements '03 (the bassist and backing vocalist for Sugarland) has stayed connected to Berklee through her participation on alumni committees and alumni events. In July 2011, Clements returned to campus to attend a lunch with female students and to present a clinic for students of Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program, in which her twin brothers were enrolled. All three siblings plus their father (a professional guitarist from New Orleans) performed together in a concert.

A special thank-you goes to all alumni who filled out electronic surveys on Berklee's alumni activities. More than 6,000 responses were received and will help us learn how we can best support our alumni community. In the future, we'll share a summary of the results. Finally, winners of this year's alumni grant program will be named in October and recipients announced in the next issue of Berklee Today.

Karen Bell, '90

Chief Alumni Affairs Officer