Recording Academy's Pacific Northwest Chapter Elects Leadership

Aug 25, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy (Seattle) announced the results of its chapter officers and Board of Governors. Replacing Glenn Lorbiecki, who stepped down from the position following two consecutive one-year terms, David Meinert, a current Academy Governor, was elected the Pacific Northwest Chapter president. Meinert is the owner of Fuzed Music, an artist-management company that represents Maktub, the Master Musicians of Jajouka, The Catheters and Mountain Consolidated.

"Our new chapter president, David Meinert, and his cabinet will bring a wealth of industry expertise and many diverse relationships," said executive director Deborah Semer. "I look forward to working with our officers and governors to create an exciting slate of programs and services for our membership over the coming year."

Robert Santelli, the new first VP, is also the Experience Music Project's director and CEO. Santelli has written seven books on rock 'n' roll and the blues, including The Big Book of Blues and The Best of the Blues. David Sabee, secretary/treasurer, is a cellist with the Seattle Symphony and a founding member of the Seattle Chamber Players. He is also the founder of Seattle Music and has brought more than 150 scoring projects to the Northwest, including Mr. Holland's Opus and Die Hard With a Vengeance. Glenn Lorbiecki, trustee, is the president/CEO of Glenn Sound, a multiroom A/V post-production facility in Seattle. As an artist, Lorbiecki is working on his third album as the guitarist for Tony Gable and the 206 band. Keith Olsen, also a trustee, is the current president of Pogologo Corporation, and has more than 39 Gold albums in his career, 24 Platinum and 14 multi-Platinum.

Jane Peck, alternate trustee, runs Let's Play Stella Records. She was instructor of voice at Cornish College of the Arts, where she became chair of Music in 1985. Jovino Santos Neto, altnerate trustee, is currently the associate professor of music at Cornish College of the Arts. Neto tours worldwide as a solo pianist and also leads his own ensemble in concerts. Marlette Buchanan, VP, is a recording vocalist and is currently the arts manager for Pierce County and a member of the music faculty for voice at Pacific Lutheran University. Tony Gable, VP, is a recording and performing percussionist who has played with Kenny G.

In addition to the officers of the chapter, music industry professionals in the Northwest make up the diverse Board of Governors. Bryan Bell, engineer, producer, technologist and musician who has worked with Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and Neil Young; Steve Berlin, a four-time Grammy-winning producer and the saxophonist with Los Lobos; Carla DeSantis, founder of Rockrgrl magazine; Sue Ennis, songwriter with Seattle rock band Heart and feature films The Golden Child; Janie L. Hendrix, president and CEO of Experience Hendrix; Jon Kertzer, director of Smithsonian Global Sound and producer/host on KEXP 90.3 FM; Hummie Mann, two-time Emmy Award-winning composer and arranger; Jonathan Moore, wordsayer of the pioneering musical group, Source of Labor; Alicia Rose, director of sales and marketing of NAIL Distribution; Garey Shelton, bassist, engineer and producer (Grammy-winning album by Tingstad & Rumbel, Acoustic Garden); and Susan Silver, owner of Susan Silver Management (Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Screaming Trees).

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