Category Archives: Alumni

Where are they now. . . find out how Berklee grads make their way in the music world.

Plan B? No Thanks!

Plan B? No Thanks!

ALESSANDRO LOMBARDOAlessandro Lombardo is a freelance musician, graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2011, and since then has been traveling all around the world in 5 continents. Alessandro is also the co-founder of the drumming community The Drum House which counts 20 000 followers and proudly endorses Zildjian, Vic Firth, Tama and Remo. You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter or on his Website.


  • Destiny or Choice? Both!

When I was a kid I had a dream: I wanted to be a professional musician. I always loved the sound of music and whenever I could get my hands on a piano I would start bashing around
(only until I discovered the drums, but that’s another story). I remember my life-changing moment, that moment when you realize what it is that you are deeply attracted to. I was playing a song and my heart started sinking, letting my emotions flow as if I were a magic channel. From that moment on, I knew that there was nothing else I wanted to do, and I started my life-long quest.

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Fashion Designers’ Forgotten Muse

by Kim Logan ’10

Close your eyes, and you’re in 1965…  

Young haute designers Ossie Clark and Andre Courrèges are going head to head with heavyweight Yves St. Laurent to debut the collection that will most epitomize the swinging sixties.  You’re sitting front-row at all three runway shows, and you see the birth of the mini-skirt.  You see Mondrian and triangle-shift dresses, go-go boots and huge earrings.  You see sleek black turtlenecks and bottle-blond bangs, silver lamé and flamboyant furs.   It’s so thrilling to have time-warped to experience this psychedelic explosion of fashion culture, but perhaps even more exciting is the fact that all three of these designers have drawn their inspiration for their collections from the deep well of 1960’s musicians and artists.  Those black turtlenecks came from the slim bodies of Edie Sedgwick and Nico, and those mini-skirts were alive and well on Marianne Faithfull and the French pop darlings of yé-yé music long before they were sold in stores.

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Berklee Presents American Master’s Award

Nashville Music Icons Honored to Mark 30th Anniversary

by Shantell Ogden ‘05

In an intimate backstage event at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, March 17, Berklee College of Music presented its first American Master Awards to Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager; Eddie Bayers, drummer on more than 300 gold and platinum records; and Curb Group CEO Jim Ed Norman. The award was timed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Berklee’s Nashville student trip, a trip that each of the award recipients have played a key role in cultivating throughout the years.

Left to Right - Jay Kennedy, Pete Fisher, Pat Pattison

Left to Right – Jay Kennedy, Pete Fisher, Pat Pattison

“This is a monumental year for us and we wanted to recognize some special people who have made this Nashville trip possible for students at Berklee,” said Jay Kennedy, vice president, Academic Affairs. “Tonight we are honoring industry leaders for their openness, generosity, and deep commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of young musicians, providing them opportunities to grow as artists and leaders. Pete, Eddie and Jim have been leaders and succeeders in the music industry and we applaud them for their contributions.” Continue reading

Berklee Yellowdog Music Fest

Vinicius Sa
Vinícius Cavalieri de Sá Coutinho, born in São Paulo on March 8, 1992, is
a Brazilian guitarist and composer who is majoring in Film Scoring.


Vinicius works as the Online International Ambassador for Portuguese

language since January, 2014.


Hoje vou falar de um festival bem interessante que a Berklee irá realizar neste ano, em Cape Cod. O festival se chama “Berklee Yellowdog Music Fest”.

Este será o primeiro festival patrocinado pela Berklee e será realizado em Cape Cod, Massachusetts. O Berklee Yellowdog Music Fest é destinado para alunos da Berklee (somente) e irá cobrir diversos estilos, como jazz, indie, pop, rock, folk, blues, entre outros.

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I Lived in a Tent in a Ditch in the Woods

A Perspective on Life

By Eruch Kimball ’03

“So how’s the weather in EEEELL AAAAY???”, my mother asks through the speaker of an “i”
device. “Yeah, its pretty great. I think it got up to 82 today.”, I say, with slight enthusiasm. “How’s
winter treating you and Dad?”. “Well, its down in the 20’s. It’s a little cold”, she says. “Well”, I rise to speak, with an instant thought of tactical advantage, “just remember, I spent a week in the mountains of South Korea in January, with a high of 9!”Eruch Kimball

I like the outdoors. I also love air conditioning. When I was in the Army there were a couple of very memorable training events involving the outdoors. A night time live fire obstacle course. My first January in South Korea. And a special time where I lived in a tent in a ditch in the woods for a week. You knew I’d get to that title soon… Continue reading