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 Rockfords 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 RockMike Owens
Best AlbumSteve Stapler, This Cant Be Good
Best ComposerJohnathan Kuss
Best SongPhoenix, Lost You in the Lights
Choral GroupKantorei Singing Boys of Rockford
Classic RockClutch Cargo
Classical EnsembleRockford College Music Academy
Classical InstrumentalistBecky Asher and Rachel Handlin
Community ServiceCommunity Foundation of Northern Illinois
Contemporary JazzRick Burns & Harlan Jefferson
Folk/Solo PopMiles Neilsen
Funk/R&BBig Daddy Woo Woos Funk Revival
GospelCarl Hanserd & Friends
Hard Rock/MetalAgnus Jackson
Latino Cardenas III Generacion
Lifetime AchievementJack Brand, Doris LaMarco
Lighting TechnicianSteve Knaack
Live Sound EngineerChris Mentzel
Musical Outreach OrganizationRockford Symphony Orchestra
Recording StudioThe Fuse
Stage ManagerChip Messiner
Studio Sound EngineerJeff Jeffro Lackscheide
Traditional JazzJodi Beach Trio
World MusicCity 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.
From the April 26-May 2, 2006, issue