Musicians Institute a look back
I was recently reflecting back on the time (a long time ago) that I spent living on Hollywood Boulevard when I was a full time student at the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music (MI for short). My second week in Hollywood I was kidnapped by Scientology but, that’s a completely different story!!! It was a great time to be at the school. Just looking from a bassists perspective, the teachers (and “regulars”) were monsters. I’ve been very fortunate to have studied with and learned from some of the very best in the business. Here’s a “quick list” (in no particular order):
Steve Bailey (who now holds the Bass Chair at Berklee College of Music)
Putter Smith (still at MI)
Alexis Skljarevski (still at MI)
Billy Sheehan (yes, I’ve played “the wife” bass)
The guitar teachers at the time were also amazing that included:
Scott Henderson (still at MI)
Nick Nolan (who I played with every chance that I got)
Steve Trovato (also had a blast backing up Steve)
And who could forget Carl Schroeder (keys) with the mad theory skills!
I guess that I can’t leave out the drummers:
Gary Hess (still at MI)
Ed Roscetti (still at MI)
And what you didn’t know, I played with Stewart Jean (current Drum Chair at MI) when we were teenagers!