2006 RAMI Award winners announced

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11460866035426.jpg’, ‘File photo by James Thompson’, ‘The Snaggs' Holland Zander performs during the 13th annual RAMI Awards in 2004. During the 15th annual RAMI Awards ceremony April 20 at Tebala Shrine Temple, the Snaggs claimed their second consecutive RAMI Award for best New-Rock Band.’);

15th annual RAMI Awards ceremony honors recipients in more than 30 categories, inducts three to Hall of Fame

A crowd of about 400 attended the 15th annual Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Awards ceremony Thursday, April 20, at Tebala Shrine Temple.

Every year, the RAMI Awards are given to honor Rockford’s best and most popular musicians and music supporters, as nominated by the RAMI Committee and voted on by the nominees’ peers and fans.

Finishing on top in 2006 were the following RAMI Award recipients by category:

Acoustic Rock—Mike Owens

Best Album—Steve Stapler, This Can’t Be Good

Best Composer—Johnathan Kuss

Best Song—Phoenix, “Lost You in the Lights”

Blues—Blues Hawks

Choral Group—Kantorei Singing Boys of Rockford

Classic Rock—Clutch Cargo

Classical Ensemble—Rockford College Music Academy

Classical Instrumentalist—Becky Asher and Rachel Handlin

Community Service—Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

Contemporary Christian—M28

Contemporary Jazz—Rick Burns & Harlan Jefferson

Country/Bluegrass—Slick Nickel

DJ—Steve Shannon

Folk/Solo Pop—Miles Neilsen

Funk/R&B—Big Daddy Woo Woo’s Funk Revival

Gospel—Carl Hanserd & Friends

Hard Rock/Metal—Agnus Jackson

Latino Cardenas III Generacion

Lifetime Achievement—Jack Brand, Doris LaMarco

Lighting Technician—Steve Knaack

Live Sound Engineer—Chris Mentzel

Musical Outreach Organization—Rockford Symphony Orchestra

New Act—x51

New-Rock—The Snaggs

Oldies—Moon Dogs

Pop/Retro—Robin Banks

Rap/Hip-Hop—Split Endz

Recording Studio—The Fuse

Stage Manager—Chip Messiner

Studio Sound Engineer—Jeff “Jeffro” Lackscheide

Traditional Jazz—Jodi Beach Trio

World Music—City of Rockford Pipe Band

Also at the Awards Ceremony, Agent Zero, Michael Beert and Robin Banks were inducted into the RAMI Hall of Fame, joining an esteemed list of 30 other Rockford musicians and music supporters.

More than 170 area musicians, bands, musical groups, music organizations and technicians were nominated in more than 30 categories. Voting was open to the public from the first week of January until March 8. More than 4,000 people voted for their favorite artists through online voting and paper ballots.

The RAMI Committee hosts the awards show and several benefits throughout the year to benefit the Gary S. Wilmer Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors from Boone and Winnebago counties who have attained a GPA of at least 2.5, plan to pursue a degree in music performance, education or composition, and are actively involved in school or community musical groups. Students must be nominated by a teacher. For information about the scholarships, visit www.cfnil.org.

For more information about the Rockford Area Music Industry and the RAMI Awards, visit ; mail RAMI, P.O. Box 4128, Rockford, IL 61110; fax 961-7347; or e-mail ramicommittee@ramiawards.com.

From the April 26-May 2, 2006, issue

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