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Who's on the Board

MARK Le MOBoard President

VP at Yormo Inc.

Producer at 151 films

Owner at MLSTG,LLC

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SHILOH HOBEL  Vice President

Shiloh's appreciation of music inspired her to pursue a career in both the artistic and business sides of the industry.  As a  professional vocalist, keyboardist and composer, she performed on releases including Aretha Franklin, Whitney HoustonHoward HewettTed Nugent, and received hundreds of album/CD mentions.  Performing original music over the years was paramount to Shiloh's career and was enjoyed by a dedicated fan base.

For over 5 years Shiloh found a home in management at the Record Plant Recording Studios in Sausalito, California.  There she had the pleasure of working with recognized recording engineers Tom Dowd, Tom Flye,  Jim GainesDave Frazer and music legends JourneyStarshipRick James,SantanaHuey Lewis and the News and many others.

Shiloh was later recruited as Production Manager by the multiple Grammy award winning record producer and musician Narada Michael Walden(voted one of Billboard's "Top 10 Producers of All Time").  Supporting Walden's rise to the top for over thirteen years, she worked with artists including Whitney Houston,Mariah CareyAretha FranklinTevin CampbellShanice Wilson, top record companies and industry executives.  Her dedication to Walden's creative spirit and musical genius earned her over 40 gold and multi-platinum awards and a respected place in the industry.

BRUCE EDE Treasurer

 

Box Office Mgr. at Cow Palace

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JODELL SEAGRAVE (Secretary)

Jodell Seagrave is President/COO and a co-founder of Rocket21, a youth social media company that facilitates connections and interaction between kids and professionals who do the things kids dream of doing.  The company’s first social network offerings are now in public beta.  At Rocket21, Seagrave oversees the company’s early-stage operations and is focused on the development of strategic alliances and corporate partnerships, and equity investment in the platform.

Prior to forming Rocket21, Seagrave served as Managing Director of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, leading the creation, marketing, and distribution of education-oriented consumer brands for kids, parents, and teachers.  Under Seagrave’s direction, Schwab Learning garnered scores of national and international digital media and consumer marketing awards, while reorienting ways in which teachers, parents, and students view and address differences in how kids learn.

Earlier, as COO for Communities.com, Seagrave managed the enterprise release of the company’s pioneering virtual worlds software and established key development and distribution agreements with entertainment and media partners.  In 1990, Seagrave co-founded  KidStar Interactive, developing private equity and venture investments, strategic partnerships, and corporate sponsorship for one of the country’s first convergent media platforms for kids.

Seagrave began her career in broadcast advertising and media, representing the nation’s most prominent radio broadcast companies, and spent over a decade in broadcast management, working with leading record labels, advertising agencies and sponsors.

Seagrave has been a frequent speaker at national and international youth media and marketing conferences, and serves as an advisor to several early stage education ventures and foundations.  Seagrave is a graduate of the University of Illinois and attended the MBA program at DePaul University, Chicago.

ALI WILLIAMS Publicity/Promotions

Owner, Ladyalibug Events

 Director of Sponsorship & Events: United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)

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LARRY BATISTE

Larry Batiste is a producer, vocalist, songwriter, publisher, instrumentalist, and arranger. He is co-owner of Pure Delite Music and has written and published over 250 songs for artists such as Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Michael Bolton, Whitney Houston, and the Spinners. He has contributed to soundtracks such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Stuart Little, and Snow Dogs for Disney. His television show credits include Jag, Nash Bridges, Passions, and All My Children. Larry is also a former Chapter President, Trustee and current governor of the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy, producers of the Grammy Awards. We are pleased to welcome Larry to our MRI faculty roster.

Musical Director, Grammy Pre-Telecast at the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards)

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ANDRE PESSIS

Andre has had 16 hit songs and been on 7 number one albums including the Bonnie Raitt “Luck Of The Draw” multi platinum CD that won 3 Grammys. Andre has had over 150 cuts on major releases including the HBO Movie “Grey Gardens” that won 6 Emmies and 2 Golden Globes. He has 13 Platinum records and one Diamond album (ten platinum), and 4 ASCAP awards for one of the most played songs of the year.

He has been recorded by: Huey Lewis and The News, MR Big, Tim McGraw, Waylon Jennings, Journey, The Dead, Ratdog, Southern Pacific, Glenn Medeiros, Ann Wilson of Heart, Tak Matsumoto, The Stylistics, Gregg Rolie, Paul Carrack and Laura Branigan.  He has 6 songs on the Mickey Hart record “Superorganism”, some of which he wrote with Robert Hunter.

He has had songs on major Motion pictures including the theme song from “Pink Cadillac” (Clint Eastwood), a song on “I Love you Phillip Morris (Jim Carrey) as well as numerous TV shows including: Sesame Street”, the theme song for the CBS Prime time reality show “There Goes The Neighborhood” as well as the Theme song for “Pride Fighting”

The song “The World Is On The Way”, recorded by MR Big was voted song of the year in Japan in 2012.

He was President of the San Francisco chapter of “The Recording Academy” and a Governor for more than eleven years.

He has taught the business and craft of songwriting at WCS, and UCSF Sonoma State.

STEVE HOROWITZ

 

Steve Horowitz is a creator of odd but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician. Steve's music integrates his experiences as a bad ass bass player and band leader with his explorations as a multi faceted composer.  In addition to his original group and concert music, Horowitz also writes for film, television, cartoons, dance, and interactive media (video games). Steve penned the score to the award winning film Super Size Me and was lead composer for the television show I Bet You Will (MTV). Drawing on a finely honed sense of humor, Horowitz regularly gazes deeply into the sociological filter and as a result was honored with a Grammy in 1996, and a webby in 2003.Steve has been featured in Bass Player magazine (May, 2007) and books The Art of Digital Music and The Guerilla Guide to the Music Business.He can be found working and touring with his various projects, and has released 16 compact discs of mind bending original sounds to date. For more info & clips visit http://www.thecodeinternational.com/

JOSH YOUNG

Joshua is a young, creative businessman and entrepreneur, who works hard and drives results. He has worked as a lead, supervising editor for popular shows, such as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Bachelor and Big Brother. Joshua also co-founded, owns and runs The Den Recorders, Ashland Entertainment, A Private Slyde Productions, and Atrium Music Group. With all these endeavors, Joshua defies what can be done in a day and consistently exceeds expectations.

Joshua began his musical journey at the age of 5 and quickly demonstrated proficiency with piano, saxophone, clarinet, and flute. While attending Hamilton Academy of Music, Joshua continued to educate himself on all aspects of the music industry. Joshua attended Citrus College of Music, where he was trained to be a studio musician; here he also gained experience recording for many films, television shows, commercials and CD projects.  He also had the opportunity to perform with many celebrities in the music and film industries.

As his music career began to take off, so did Joshua. Joshua toured with a 25-piece big band and a 10-piece rock band through Japan, Hawaii and the United States.  This experience enabled him to gather a greater appreciation and respect for the different types of world music. Although music is his first and foremost passion in life, Joshua wanted to expand his horizons. In the year 2000, Joshua began his career in Film and Television, producing and editing films, commercials, music videos, and numerous top TV shows. He has created material for networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, MTV, A&E, TVLAND, TLC, CW, E!, OWN, and the Discovery Channel. Joshua continues to create material for the music, film and television industries with The Den Recorders, Ashland Entertainment, and Atrium Music Group.

Joshua has a history of taking projects and companies to the next level.  He has demonstrated a unique ability to create production team environments and inspire growth within companies and individuals; and the results of this have been the propagation of three successful companies.   

DESTINY MUHAMMAD

DestinyMuhammad is Recording/ Performing Artist in Singer-Songwriter fashion on Harp. Her genre ‘Celtic to Coltrane’ is cool and eclectic with a touch of storytelling to round out the sonic experience. Destinyhas opened for The Oakland East Bay Symphony, shared the stage with Pulitzer Winner/ Author Alice Walker, GRAMMY Awardee(s) India. Irei, Narada Michael Walden, Jazz Masters Azar Lawrence, Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, John Santos, accompanied Jazz Divas Denise Perrier & Diane, Witherspoon, performed American & European Classical compositions with the Oakland Public Conservatory Symphony Orchestra The Oakland Community Orchestra and co-starred in Def Jam Poetry Winner Ise Lyfe's Hip Hop Play 'Pistols & Prayers to name a few. She has also headlined for the 'Women in Jazz' Concert series in San Francisco. Destiny is expanding her musical ideals with her project, The DestinyMuhammad Project.

DestinyMuhammad is Governor Emeritus and Educational Chair Emeritus of the Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter, Jazz Heritage Center of San Francisco Jazz Ambassador, The Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Art Advisory Board Member and an ASCAP Songwriter Awardee

'DestinyMuhammad should be a Bandleader...dig!' Keith Hines kcsm.org

"When one contemplates the great musicians of Jazz a list of harpists do not immediately come to mind, but that is destined to change with Sound Sculptress, DestinyMuhammad." Johnathon Bakan, SF Asian Music Examiner

DARIAN COWGILL

Darian is Vice President of Content - Atrium Music Group.  Darian's most important role at Atrium music is finding the latest breaking artists from around the world and creating what Atrium is most known for, it's Music.  From both quality and creativity Artium is a one of a kind library.  Darian oversees all aspects of Atrium Quality and Audio Content.  From the submissions process where artists and composers submit materials for Atrium consideration for acceptance into the library, to producing new content in The Den Recorders (Atrium Music's own state of the art recording studio).  Darian is a Certified Avid Pro Tools instructor, Mix Engineer, Mastering Engineer,  College Professor, Radio Producer. Darian has engineered, mixed, mastered or produced for hundreds of Artists including both Emmy and Grammy nominated artists alike.  Currently Darian mixes 5 worldwide radio shows for Heineken, Coke, and Sprite that are on terrestrial radio worldwide. Darian has voiced and produced hundreds of commercials for major clients including Staples, TJ Max, Homegoods, BJ's, CVS and Longs pharmacies, Loreal, and Finishline to name a few.  

PETE SOMMER

Pete brings a lot of on-the-ground experience.  He's been performing music since his youth.  Played guitar and banjo in rock/folk/country/blues/pop bands and performed in concerts and clubs in Southern California. Recorded with his own groups and on sessions at Austin McCoy Studio in South Central LA. Taught Guitar.   

Took a 3 decade hiatus to raise a family. Recently started back and has been performing at local Clubs and Open Mics as a solo and duet. Also, collaborating with other songwriters and doing some recording.

Been hosting the weekly Open Mic at Angelicas Club in Redwood City for the past 3 years. Also host a monthly Open Mic at Café Zoe in Menlo Park.

Co-Manager of the Redwood City Chapter of the WCS Song Writer Competition  Other  Experience:  Asst General Manager of American Records (30 store Retail Record Store Chain) Southern California.  Owner of American Records (2 Stores) in Orange County.  20+ Years in Hi-Tech Sales/Marketing in Silicon Valley.

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