Peter Melnick

Composer Peter Melnick of New York City recorded music for a PBS documentary on James Whistler. He received Drama Desk nominations for the musicals Adrift In Macao and The Last Smoker in America, and is currently working on Snow in August. Visit

Marco Hernandez

Marco Hernandez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, produced FincaFusion’s first single “La Gatica E’ Mariaramos, with vocalist Darwin Jose. Visit

Cameron Schmitz

Cameron Schmitz of Wesley Chapel, FL, created the Schmitzbender guitar, featuring an innovative fretboard design. He showed his instruments at the NAMM show and appeared on the National Geographic series Showdown of the Unbeatables. Visit

Joel Goodman

Composer Joel Goodman of Topanga, CA, scored the film An Honest Liar, which premiered in April at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Ray DiVirgilio

Ray DiVirgilio of Newark, DE, directs St. John the Beloved School’s Advanced Band in Wilmington, DE, which earned a “superior” rating for its performance at the National Catholic School Band Festival.

Chris DeRosa

Chris DeRosa of New York City recorded an album with H.R. and performed with LUXE. He performs for Shekinah Glory Worship and CDR Studios in New York City. Visit

Jody Espina of Savannah

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Jody Espina of Savannah, GA, spoke at a recent TEDx event. He is the founder and president of JodyJazz Inc., a manufacturer of woodwind mouthpieces. Visit Caption: Jody Espina ’83

Benjamin Smeall

Violinist Benjamin Smeall of Green Bay, WI, posted a version of the Andean folk song “Jaku ripusun Witaweñita” on YouTube.

Gene Nakanishi

Gene Nakanishi of Las Vegas, NV, coproduced and performed on the CD The Jake Project Band, featuring Jake Sears on vocals.

K. Tyrone Jefferson

K. Tyrone Jefferson of Charlotte, NC, runs the nonprofit A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas, which won a John S. and James L. Knight Cultural Innovation Grant. Visit