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Class Notes

Eastman School of Music

1955 Editions BIM has posthumously published Aria and Allegro for solo viola and string orchestra and Triptych, a piece for six violas, by Richard Lane ’56E (MM). Richard, who died in 2004, composed Triptych in the last years of his life and did not live to hear its premiere by the New York Viola Society in January 2005.

1981 Lucy Warner (MA), chair of the music department at the Browning School in New York City, published a children’s book, ZAP! BOOM! POW: Superheroes of Music (Spring Promise Productions).

1984 Darrell Grant is one of 26 winners, spread across 20 locales, of the Jazz Journalists Association’s Jazz Hero Award. The awards recognize individuals “for their personal work in keeping jazz alive and thriving in their communities.” Darrell has been a leader in building the jazz community in Portland, Oregon, since moving to the city more than 20 years ago. An associate professor of music at Portland State University, he has also been nominated for a Northwest Regional Emmy for his composition work on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Experience: Jazz Town. . . . Kim Milai (MM) has written a book, Language Arts, Math, and Science in the Elementary Music Classroom: A Practical Tool (Oxford University Press). The book is intended to help music teachers “incorporate elementary classroom subjects into their curriculum using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) inspired strategies.” . . . Charles Pillow (MM) (see ’77 College).

1985 John Fedchock (MM) (see ’77 College).

1990 Jon Owens (see ’77 College).

2005 Erm Navarro (see ’07). . . . Aaron Smith (see ’07).

2007 Flutist Tabatha Easley (DMA) has released a new CD, Hair/Cloth/Thread (Garnet House), as part of the AarK Duo, which also includes percussionist Justin Alexander. They perform new works by Michael Burritt, a professor of percussion and chair of the woodwinds, brass, and percussion department at Eastman, as well as Marco Alunno, among others. . . . Lauren Woodward writes that several Eastman alumni perform with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. “Scott Bradlee is a pianist, composer, and arranger who takes popular songs and reimagines them in a different era or musical style,” she writes. “There are now more than 2.5 million subscribers to the channel.” Trumpeter Mike Cottone and percussionist Dave Tedeschi ’08 play with the group regularly, and trombonist Erm Navarro ’05 and trumpeter Aaron Smith ’05 have played with Bradlee as well.

2008 Dave Tedeschi (see ’07).