"Metal" Mike Chlasciak

"Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, launched Metal Heroes Music Academy, the world's first heavy-metal instruction academy with CMM Entertainment LLC. Metal Heroes provides workshops, extended sessions, and summer camps for metal players at all levels. Visit www.metalmusicacademy.com.

Roy Shakked

Arranger and composer Roy Shakked (a.k.a. Holmes) of Los Angeles, CA, released an arrangement of the David Bowie song "Let's Dance" and a video for "Not with You." His arrangements have been featured on CSI: Miami, Sex and the City, The OC, Nip/Tuck and The Devil Wears Prada. Visit www.tinyurl.com/holmes-letsdance.

Mika Pohjola


Pianist Mika Pohjola of New York City released Great Tunes by My Friends featuring music penned by Kurt Rosenwinkel '90 and others on the Blue Music Group label.


WIllie Myette

Pianist and composer Willie Myette of North Kingson, RI, offers online music education courses teaching various styles of piano. Visit www.jazzpianolessons.com.

Sal Gonolfo

Bassist Sal Gnolfo of Austin, TX, recorded, engineered, and played on a new EP released by Atomic Brother in November. He also played on tracks for Colorado-based artist Freedom's new CD Angels and Monkeys.

James Dower

Pianist and composer James Dower of College Point, NY, released the new solo CD Reinvention. He performed at a star-studded inaugural ball for President Barack Obama and composes and records music for film and television. Visit www.jamesdower.com.

Anne Marie David


Songwriter and pianist Anne Marie David of Natick, MA, released her fifth album, Turning Home, which features nine of her original songs and instrumental pieces. The disc was produced by Bill Elliott and includes backing tracks by guitarists Kevin Barry '88 and Duke Levine and by bassist Mike Rivard '88, among others. Visit www.annemariedavid.com.


Thomas Lorenzo

Thomas Lorenzo of Barcelona, Spain, was commissioned by the Arts Council England to compose the suite The Immigrant and by the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores to write the textbook El Arreglo un Puzzle de Expresion Musical. He also released his fourth CD, Spanish Breeze.

Max Crittenden

Producer and songwriter Michael Crittenden of Belmont, MI, recently opened Mackinaw Harvest Music Group, a large commercial recording facility in Grand Rapids, MI. His band Troll for Trout has released six CDs and Crittendon's songs have aired on ABC, MTV, and PAX NET television. Visit www.mackinawharvest.com.

Ivan Bodley

Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, made his Carnegie Hall debut backing comedian Stephen Lynch in October 2009. His CD Pigs Feet & Potted Meat airs on more than 70 stations nationally. Visit www.funkboy.net.