Paul Salves

Guitarist Paul Salves of New York City has been curating Songwriters from Hell, a series featuring Lady Gaga, Alan Merrill, and others. He’s currently touring with the 1960s group the Left Banke, which is opening for the Zombies. 

Mike Levy

Mike Levy of Tucson, AZ, composed Sonata for Four Native Flutes to be premiered by Native American flautist Vince Redhouse. On October 21, it will be performed for Pope Benedict XVI. 

Joe Kowalski

Joe Kowalski of Allston, MA, co-wrote and produced the soundtrack to the film Phillip the Fossil, and composed and produced the theme for the podcast Ideascicle. He teaches; has released six solo albums; and has performed with BrownBoot, the Sunday Saints, the Bay City Rollers, and others. Visit 

Walter Gross

Walter Gross of Brooklyn, NY, is the senior director of digital marketing technology for EMI Music North America. He leads technology solutions for consumer-facing products (including websites, mobile apps, Facebook apps etc.) for EMI’s artist roster. 

Terry Syrek

Terry Syrek of White Plains, NY, released the album Machine Elves through CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon. 

Toni-Annette Silveira

Toni-Annette Silveira of North Kingstown, RI, managed the Rhode Island Senior All-State Band, opening at the Natixis Newport Jazz Festival in August. Metro Narcisi ’88 directed the group. Silveira is the band director at North Kingstown High School, and Narcisi is the director at West Warwick High School. 

Chris Sharkey

Chris Sharkey of New Orleans, LA, performed in Canada at the Penticton Jazz Festival, as well as the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. 

Chris Matheos

Bassist Chris Matheos of Lafayette, CA, released the book Bass Fingerstyle Funk Grooves Made Easy. He recently toured and recorded with Spanky & Our Gang and Bobby Radcliff. His latest CD is Magnetic Charge. Visit 

Sam Hooper

Guitarist Sam Hooper of Los Angeles, CA, worked as a camp counselor at Camp Jam Long Island in August.

Gernot Wolfgang

Gernot Wolfgang of Los Angeles, CA, had his piece “From Vienna with Love” featured on the New York Piano Quartet’s Songs for Mahler in the Absence of Words CD. His music has also been performed by Ensemble Kontrapunkt and the L.A.-based Eclipse Quartet. Visit