Dean’s Set List: Without A Song

This episode of the Dean’s Set List features students from three Berklee City Music Network sites performing “Without a Song” by Edward Eliscu, William Rose, and Vincent Youmans.  The band features City Music Summer Scholars Lyric Stephen on vocals from Little 5 Points Music Center in Atlanta, Anav Sood on piano from The Music Settlement in Cleveland, and Conner Duke on upright bass from City Music Boston.

The Dean’s Set List features students from around the Berklee City Music Network performing in the office of our Dean, Dr. Krystal Banfield.  In order for a student to be selected they must fulfill certain criteria pertaining to their academic standing, Berklee City Music standing, involvement in their community, and musicianship.  It is a musical Dean’s List.

NOTE: Be sure to watch it in 1080p HD by adjusting the video settings using the gear icon on the bottom right of the video.

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Dean’s Set List: Just the Two of Us

Our next episode of the Dean’s Set List features students from four Berklee City Music Network sites performing Bill Wither “Just the Two Us” made famous on his recording with Grover Washington, Jr.  The band features Thomas Stewart on vocal from Campus Club Milledgeville, Jonathan Acevedo on tenor saxophone from Escuela de Bellas Artes de Carolina, Joshua Sutherland on keys from City Music Boston, and Larry Monroe on guitar, Antonio Robinson on electric bass, and Cameron Cephas on percussion from The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts.

The Dean’s Set List features students from around the Berklee City Music Network performing in the office of our Dean, Dr. Krystal Banfield.  In order for a student to be selected they must fulfill certain criteria pertaining to their academic standing, Berklee City Music standing, involvement in their community, and musicianship.  It is a musical Dean’s List.

NOTE: Be sure to watch it in 1080p HD by adjusting the video settings using the gear icon on the bottom right of the video.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenged Accepted

Last week the Berklee City Music National office was challenged in the Strike Out ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by our colleagues in the Berklee City Music Boston office.  Challenge accepted!

This a great cause that has raised over $94 million since July 29 and is creating awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease that is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.

As part of our challenge, we challenged our friends at Little Kids Rock, Amp Up NYC, and the John Lennon Education Tour Bus.

In addition to having a lot of fun, as you will see in our video, everyone who did the Ice Bucket Challenge has donated to the cause.  Please show your support for this great cause and others like it that effect so many throughout the world.

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From left to right: Amanda Gargiulo – Project Manager; Arin Canbolat – Assistant Director, Network Partnership Engagement; Lee Whitmore – Vice President for Education Outreach and Social Entrepreneurship; Erich Riepen – Work Study; Nico Mindreau – Senior Instructional Designer, Course Editor; John Bigus – Manager, PULSE Music Library Development; Jean Connaughton Marketing and Media Manager; and Britt Brown, Admin.

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2013 Conference Master Class Performances

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The 2103 Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class Finale Band with clinicians Shoshana Bean and Kirk Whalum, and music director Rob Lewis.

At last year’s Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class five bands performed and were critiqued by guest clinicians Kirk Whalum and Shoshana Bean.  Check out these videos of students from the Tipitina’s Foundation Intern Program, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Berklee City Music Boston, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, and Stax Music Academy.

Tipitina’s Foundation

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center

Berklee City Music Boston

Philadelphia Clef Club

Stax Music Academy

At the end of the master class students from each band were selected to be in the finale band, led by musical director and Berklee alumni Rob Lewis, where they performed Rufus Thomas’ “Walking the Dog.”  Watch this video to see highlights from the master class and the finale band.

If you are interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here for more information and to apply.  Make sure you apply by July 1 to not miss the deadline!

Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class – Stax Music Academy

Stax Music Academy was the last band to perform at the 2013 Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class.  The band was led by Paul McKinney, Instrumental Director; Terrilyn Douglas, Vocal Coordinator; and Justing Merrick, Artistic Director.  The band featured Craylon Davis, Ronesha Davis, Tia Henderson, April Horner, Kyler Gilkie, and Johnathan Lee on vocals; Tahj Mason and Josiah Taylor on alto sax; Anthony Moore on baritone sax; Dallas Dodson and Kordae Maples on guitar; Lijulianna Thomas and Joshua Huggins on keys; David McKinzie and Solomon Smith on bass; and David Pruitt and Marrick Flowers on drums.

Check out the other master class performances featuring Tipitina’s Foundation’sLincoln Park Performing Arts Center’sBerklee City Music Boston’s, and the Philadelphia Clef Club.

If you are interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here for more information and to apply.

Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class – Philadelphia Clef Club

The fourth Master Class to perform at The Berklee City Music Network 2013 Conference was the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. The band was directed by Lovett Hines with Will Wright on the piano and featured Immanuel Wilkins on alto sax, Yesseh Furaha-Ali on tenor sax, Antonio Robinson on bass and Cameron Cephas on drums.

Check out Tipitina’s Foundation’s Master Class Performance,

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center’s Master Class Performance

and Berklee City Music Boston’s Master Class Performance.

Coming up next: the release of a new video from the Conference Master Class, and if you are interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here to view the application.

Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class – City Music Boston

Berklee City Music Boston was the third band to perform at last year’s Conference Master Class. The band was led by Berklee City Music Boston faculty member Greg Holt and consisted of Grace Mann on vocals, Ngomane Bolden-Dendy on trumpet, Gustav Hossin-Endl on tenor sax, Antonio Shiell-Loomis on guitar, Joshua Sutherland on piano, Christoff Glaude on bass and James Doran on drums.

Check out Tipitina’s Foundation’s Master Class Performance

and Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center’s Master Class Performance.

Stay tuned next week for the release of a new video from the Conference Master Class, and if your ensemble is interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here to apply.