Sa Davis performs at the City Music Open House in December 2009. Photo (c) Phil Farnsworth.
The Percussion Department is starting the new school year without colleague Sa Davis, who passed away this summer at the early age of 56 (read the Berklee obituary). Here are some remembrances from his fellow percussion faculty, collected by Percussion Department chair John Ramsay. We welcome Sa’s other colleagues, former students, and friends to post their own tributes in the comments.
Sa was just a gentle spirit and a kind human that everybody loved. He was quite humble about all his accomplishments, most notably his five-year tenure as a member of Billy Cobham’s group (see video below). He is greatly missed and loved by all of us here.
—John Ramsay Continue reading
Songwriting faculty member Henry Gaffney passed away on May 23. (Read the Berklee news story.) Alumnus David Ragland wrote a tribute.
Henry Gaffney, songwriting faculty. Photo by Bill Gallery.
I was lucky enough to have Henry Gaffney for a lyric-writing class, a production class, and for a one-on-one directed study in songwriting class. He was brutally honest, and he encouraged everyone to follow their hearts when it came to their writing. He was also brutally honest with himself, often referring to his early career as “self-indulgent,” and that it took him time to find his style and voice. The final classes of the semester were a highlight when he would have all the students announce the grades we thought we deserved and back it up with an explanation. Continue reading