Joel Watts (BM ’14, Horn; BM ’15, Recording Arts; MM ’15, Audio Sciences) received the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for his work as assistant recording engineer. Mr. Watts engineered a live recording of Shostkovich’s Under Stalin’s Shadow, featuring Shostakovich’s Symphonies No. 5, 8 ,and 9 performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andris Nelsons. Find more information on the Grammy win on boston.com and The Boston Music Intelligencer.
The Melodica Men – Joe Buono (BM ’13, MM ’15, Bass Trombone) and Tristan Lane Clarke (’12, Trumpet) – were featured on ABC’s First Coast News. The Melodica Men discussed the founding of their instrument, their street-performance-funded Europe trip, and the different avenues their success with the melodica has afforded them. Find more about The Melodica Men at their website, on their Facebook page, and on their YouTube Channel.
Ellen Dooley (BM ’96, Flute) and Darren Bange (BM ’99, MM ’01, Trombone) will perform in the 58th Inauguration of the President of the United States on January 20, as members of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. This marks the Marine Band’s 55th inaugural appearance.
The Melodica Men – Joe Buono (BM ’13, MM ’15, Bass Trombone) and Tristan Lane Clarke (’12, Trumpet) – had another video, “Nutcracker Mini Suite,” gain over 1 million views online in a week. The video was featured on WQXR and Classic FM.
The Peabody Institute’s collaboration with the Maryland Chapter of Young Audiences was featured by WBAL TV 11, The Baltimore Sun, and Baltimore Fishbowl. The stories highlighted the involvement of the Marquee Brass, featuring master’s candidates Sam Bessen, Mike Minor and Buddy Deshler; GPD candidate Ricson Poonin; and DMA candidate Brandon Cave; and Peabody Opera Outreach, featuring students of the voice department, in recent performances in local Baltimore elementary schools. Dean Bronstein describes Peabody’s collaboration with Young Audiences as “one of the pillars of Peabody’s vision” in community connectivity.