Berklee today

JUN 2015

Berklee today is the official alumni publication of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a forum for contemporary music and musicians.

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Summer 2015 39 FInal CadenCe Steven Allen '96 of Sugar Hill, GA, died on October 6, 2014. He was 47. Allen was a producer and composer for A & R Music LLC. He was also the co-owner and cofounder of One80 Fitness and Nutrition. Paul Bagin '76 of Greenlawn, NY, died unexpectedly on April 3. He was 59. Bagin was an audio engineer who worked with Grammy-winning art- ists and celebrities on studio and live recordings. He is survived by his wife, Nancy. Paul Bisch '83 of Pawtucket, RI, died on February 26. He was 53. Bisch had an active career on both the East and West coasts, and had worked for Hanna Barbera in Los Angeles. John DeFiore of Millis, MA, died on January 30 after an illness. DeFiore played and taught music, specializing on trumpet and jazz guitar and per- formed with local big bands. He for- merly operated the Solid Gold Music Store. He is survived by wife, Margaret; daughter, Theresa; and two grandsons. Compiled by Ryan Fleming Lee Elfenbein '94 of Oakland, CA, died on December 21, 2014, at the age of 61. Elfenbein was a bassist and arranger who played and taught music in the San Francisco Bay area. James "Jim" Fernandes '76 of San Diego, CA, died on December 20, 2014. He was 66. Fernandes, a professional guitarist, was also a computer product manager and X-ray technologist. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; sons, Joe and Alec; daughter, Rachel; and step- son Colin. Joseph L. Ferrari of Naples FL, died at the age of 81 on February 14. He was Berklee's director of fnancial aid for 18 years and an organist for local churches. He is survived by wife Nancy; and children Donna, Joseph, and Timothy. Former associate professor Mark Fischer passed away on February 18, at the age of 64. Fischer was an attorney who focused on intellectual property, entertainment, and copyright law. He fnished his career at Duane Morris LLP What's your story? Share it with everyone in Alum Notes via e-mail at or by flling out and mailing in this form. Name Street address City State Zip code Country Phone Last year you attended Berklee Degree Diploma Email Berklee today Berklee College of Music 1140 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215-3693 On a separate sheet, provide details of the newsworthy milestones that you would like the Berklee community to know about. Entries will be edited. To Include photos, CDs, or items of interest, mail to: and founded the BioBricks Foundation. Fischer is survived by his wife Marney. George E. Hargan '68 of Rowley, MA, died on February 3. Hargan taught at Berklee for more than 30 years, retiring in 2008 as the assistant chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department. He was a composer, arranger, and bassist who led his own big band. He is survived by children Semeon and Audrey. Raymond Kotwica of Greenville, RI, died at age 87 on January 16. He joined the Berklee faculty in 1957 and became the chair of the brass department in 1989. He mentored high-school students and won a public service award from the late Boston mayor, Tom Menino, in 1996. As the Shubert Theatre's lead trumpeter, Kotwica backed stars such as Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, and Tony Bennett. Word has reached us that percus- sionist Luis E. Opazo '77 of West Palm Beach, FL, passed away on May 12, 2013 at the age of 59. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; and three children. Thomas Michael Spicer of Dallas, TX, died at his home on March 2. He was 58. After graduating from Berklee, Spicer returned to his native New Orleans, LA, where he played jazz and Zydeco music. He also owned and operated a produce company. He is survived by son Erik and stepson Max. Steven Stern '90 of Encino, CA, died in April after a battle with can- cer. He was 47. Stern started his career as a music scoring assistant for flm composer Hans Zimmer at Media Ventures, where he worked on The Lion King, I'll Do Anything, Renaissance Man, and Speed. He later formed his own production company before joining APM Music as a vice president of custom music. Raymond Kotwica

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