Yuko Yamamura of Queens, NY, won the grand prize in the Jazz category of the 2012 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her song “Rove Over.” She also released the album Ajarria, which won an award at the Japan Arts Matsuri (JAM) festival.
Brianne “Brie” Widaman of Los Angeles, CA, was recently promoted to associate marketing manager at Interscope Geffen A&M Records (Universal Music Group). She has worked such acts as Madonna, Lifehouse, and others.
Robert Vega of Chicago, IL, won a People magazine Teacher of the Year award. He is the band director at Rauner College Prep in Chicago. His school’s band placed fifth at Berklee’s High School Jazz Festival.
Giovanni Rotondo of Naples, Italy, helped lead an international film music workshop at the National School of Cinema in Italy. Ennio Morricone was the art director of the class. Visit www.grotondo.com.
Aurelien Budynek of Astoria, NY, performed The Music of Queen: Rock & Symphonic Spectacular with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Red Rocks in Denver. He is the guitarist and musical director for the Dan Band and has been a guitar sub for the Broadway shows Rock of Ages and Book of Mormon.