RAMIs a great, association-forming event

The 15th Annual Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Awards ceremony April 14 at Tebala Shrine Temple was a resounding success.

The ceremony raised $1,500 for the scholarship fund endowment. Guilford senior Kausika Maddali and Boylan senior Bridget Gillenwater were both awarded a $2,000 Gary Wilmer Scholarship. These students are sure to make us all proud. The RAMIs exist to support and recognize upcoming and established musicians.

The performances were superb. Thanks to: The Phantom Regiment, Youth Charity Jam, The Matt Ulery Quintet, Boone Boys, Big Daddy Woo Woo with WAR Productions, and the New 2nd Baptist Choir, Steve Stapler, New Royal Travelers, Clutch Cargo and The Felix Culpa.

The evening’s emcees, 96.7 FM The Eagle’s “Dawn Patrol,” Steve and Dee Dee; Ground Level TV show host Tom Leu; and B103-FM’s Doug Daniels, were funny and smooth adapters to the ceremony’s pace and changes.

Among the many notable presenters were national recording artist James Lee Stanley, who was in town for a Charlotte’s Web show, and Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey.

For their dedication to musicians and countless hours of year-round work, praise really needs to go out to the hardworking RAMI Committee members for a job very well done: Dan Eisman, Cindy Maschke, Tracy Borgen, Greg Johnson, Brian Blosser, Bruce Hammond, Susan Hammond, Sharon Hall, Tara Harris, Karen Howard, Raymon Roberts and Lawrence Smith.

The volunteers were excellent and deserve our thanks: Chuck Voigt, Ron Bonzi, Sandi Reynolds, Bill Howard, Bob Jensen, Rebecca Osterberg, Tina Little, Cammi Edmison, Lori McGuire, Debbie Raethz, Dave Hedden, Paul Elder, Dale Posey, Tristan Hammond, Mick Johnson and Jesse Cantu. Lisa Palmeno did a fine job on the script, and Mark Tietz of Lucerne’s made fine food for the presenters’ lounge, and Frank and Maurice Calvanese of Deli Italia made great food for all attending. The Tebala Shrine Temple staff were also very friendly and fun.

The major sponsors were more than generous, and we hope to have their support next year: LaMonica Beverages, Regal Printing, beetcafe.com and The Rock River Times.

As noted in these pages, the format for voting and the composition of the organization of the RAMIs are changing. We need your input. Please attend the next RAMIs Association meeting, Sunday, May 21, at the Verdi Club, 1-3 p.m.

All musicians, sound technicians, music venue operators, music organizations, music promotion companies and music industry-related media/journalists are urged to attend. Cost to join for musicians is $10 for one year or $15 for two years. Cost for music venue operators and media/journalists is $20.

The meeting will cover membership, eligibility for nomination forms, procedures and voting for the year 2007.

The RAMI Musicians Organization will need to obtain a membership of more than 200 to have the new rules and regulations in place before fall 2006.

From the May 3-9, 2006, issue

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