John A. DeMasi

John A. DeMasi '49, of Quincy, MA, died on September 24 due to complications from lung cancer. DeMasi began playing trombone at age 20 and later performed with Louis Prima, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, and Artie Shaw. As a member of the Waltham American Legion Band, he traveled to Ireland and Russia. He also led his own band. During World War II, DeMasi served in the U.S. Navy. Before retiring in 1992, DeMasi worked as a police officer and police prosecutor for the Quincy District Court. He leaves his wife, Shirley M. Anderson; two daughters; a son; and a grandson.

Ronald W. Dellmuth

Ronald W. Dellmuth of Fitchburg, MA, passed away on December 3 after a struggle with lung cancer. He was 62. Dellmuth was a special police officer for the city of Boston before becoming Berklee's chief of security. He leaves his wife of 41 years, Gisela U. Dellmuth; a daughter; two sons; and eight grandchildren.

Mary (Kerr) Collard

Mary (Kerr) Collard '79, of Hartford, CT, passed away on June 26 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was 56. Born in in Hartford, CT, she graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy and studied flute at the Hartt School before enrolling at Berklee. She later worked as the manager of the Berklee Performance Center box office. She leaves two sons.

Gabriel Colangelo

Trumpeter Gabriel Colangelo '45, of Lynn, MA, died on November 9. He was 99. Colangelo played trumpet in the U.S. Army Band during World War II and attended Berklee (then Schillinger House) after the war. He later worked in the shoe industry in Beverly, MA. Colangelo is survived by his wife, Helene; a daughter; and a granddaughter.

Willie Carpenter

Willie Carpenter, a longtime member of the Berklee Physical Plant team, died on October 18. He was 69. Carpenter was an employee of the college for 36 years and an artist in his spare time. He is survived by his wife, Gail; 10 children; and four stepchildren.

Ryan Bustamente

Guitarist Ryan Bustamente '07 of Albany, TX, passed away on July 1. He was 22. He was a talented songwriter and poet. Bustamente is survived by his parents, Christina and Harley Stunkard.


Gerald Edward Bergeron

Gerald Edward Bergeron of Neptune Beach, FL, passed away on November 15. He was 76. He attended Berklee and was a musician in the Jacksonville area for 35 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and also worked for the U.S. Postal Service. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; two sons; and three daughters.

Final Cadence

Ryan Fleming

Fall 2014 Semester T Pass

Payment for the Fall 2014 Semester T Pass must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014. There are no exceptions.

For the first time, you have the option to PAY ONLINE.

1) If you choose to pay online, you may do so at and pay by Debit/Credit Card.

2) If you choose to pay by mailing in the attached form, you must also include a check made payable to “Berklee Student Activities Center”

Adam Benka '11

Guitarist Adam Benka '11, of Incline Village, NV, died on December 5, 2011. He was 22. Benka graduated in August 2011 with a degree in professional music. He was known as an enthusiastic and patient guitar instructor. He leaves his parents, Mark and Joyce, and a brother, stepbrother, and stepsister.