19th RAMI Awards Ceremony April 29 at Tebala Shrine Temple

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

The votes are in, and the only thing for officials to do is make the final preparations for the19th Annual Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Awards Ceremony. The event is slated for Thursday, April 29, at Tebala Shrine Temple.

The ceremony, hosted by Jodi Beach and emcee Jim McDowell, will include 30 awards given to musicians and technical recipients and the annual RAMI Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Performers for the 2010 RAMI Awards include Too Deep, River City Sound Chorus, Jeff Keefer, Silver, Dean Moriarty Jazz Band, Joie DeVivre, AudioDrive and 2009 Youth Charity Jam winner Hope Despite.

The ceremony begins at 7 p.m., with opening remarks from RAMI co-founder Frank Schier. Cost is $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010 are Steve Shannon (drummer, DJ, radio personality), Ernie & the Po’ Boys (longtime blues act) and Harlan Jefferson & Rick Burns (blues, jazz and funk artists).

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with the announcement of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement and In Memoriam awards.

Lifetime Achievement recipients are Joe Paluzzi, Vincent Chiarelli and Doug Furze (Kathy Ryan accepting).

The In Memoriam recipient is Kevin Peterson (former member of Clutch Cargo).

The following three area graduating high school students will also be awarded annual Gary S. Wilmer Memorial Scholarships:

Patricia Lee

Patricia Lee, daughter of James Lee and the late Chia-Ron Lin, is a senior at Rockton Hononegah High School. Beginning at the age of 6, she began studying piano and studied for nine years with Marilyn Cade of Rockford. For the past three years, she has been studying with Professor Myung-Hee Chung of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Patricia also studied with Dr. Kenneth Drake last summer. Patricia earned first place in the elementary, junior and senior divisions of the Chandler Starr Miller Scholarship Competition, hosted by Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in 2001, 2004 and 2007. In 2006, she won the Illinois State Music Teacher Association (ISMTA) Junior High School Competition and finished second at the ISMTA Senior High School Competition in 2008 and 2009.

She also finished second at the Geneva Olympic level piano competition and won the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2008 and debuted as a concerto soloist in two subscription concerts.

As an active pianist in her community, Patricia enjoys performing at local nursing homes, cultural events (most recently for Chinese New Year at church), receptions, and ceremonies. She has been accompanying Measure 5, an advanced touring and performing ensemble of Rockford College Music Academy, for the past five years. Patricia enjoys running, volunteering at events such as National Honor Society’s Paint-a-thon and Heartland’s Sharefest, and teaching her piano students.

Michael Day

Michael Day is the son of Jim and Cindy Day, and is a senior at Rockford’s Boylan Catholic High School. His most recent accomplishments include winning the Stella Rankin Senior Voice scholarship in the Mendelssohn Club’s Chandler Starr Miller Scholarship Competition in Rockford and performing as “Father” in Boylan’s production of Children of Eden. He will appear in Starlight’s production of Rent this summer.

Michael has participated in the 2007 Music Institute of Chicago Duo Piano Festival; the 2008 IMEA District VII Choir; the 2009 IMEA All-State Honors Choir, where he was chosen as soloist; and the IHSA Solo and Ensemble Competition.

In 2009, Michael received Boylan’s Outstanding Junior Vocalist Fine Art Scholarship Award and was a finalist at the Millikin’s Vocalfest Solo Competition.

At St. Peter Cathedral parish, Michael serves as a cantor and/or accompanist for weddings, funerals and Sunday masses. During the last four years at Boylan, Michael participated in choir, musical theater, jazz band, and served as music coordinator for Boylan’s school masses. Most recently, he became a member of Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford. Michael plans to attend Indiana University to study music education.

Kathryn Schulz

Kathryn (Katie) Schulz is a senior at Keith Country Day School. She began playing music at the age of 5. She has studied with Dean Bachus, Hsien Lien, and Abbey Wakefield at the Rockford College Music Academy and has been a member of Measure 5, their performing ensemble, for six years. She now studies with Cheng-Hou Lee at Northern Illinois University.

Kathryn has participated in Master Classes with Paul Katz, Jian Wang, Bjorn Ramburg, Steven Baldwin and Yehuda Hanani, and has been selected to the IMEA District Orchestra the last seven years, and the All-State Honor Orchestra for the past three. She has been a member of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has played with the Beloit-Janesville Symphony. Kathryn also was a principal cellist for the Honor Orchestra of America in Indianapolis.

The daughter of Bill and Tammy Schulz, Kathryn was nominated and accepted into the American String Teacher’s Association National High School Honor Orchestra in Santa Clara, Calif., in February.

RAMI in 2010

According to RAMI officials, the RAMI Musicians Organization has more than 170 members and is growing rapidly. Officials hope to grow the membership to 200. When the goal is reached, exciting changes could be made in the voting procedure. In the future, bands and performers could win two awards in each category. Musicians Organization members also have met with an entertainment law attorney about contracts and copyrighting to help bolster knowledge about the industry.

RAMI Youth Charity

The RAMI Youth Charity Jam has grown into one of the most popular teen events in the Rock River Valley. With about 500 to 600 spectators at each event, the jam allows teen bands to work with professional lighting and stage technicians and raise money for the Wilmer scholarship fund. Last year, the Youth Charity Jam bands performed at the Rockford Fourth of July celebration, Cherry Valley Days and On the Waterfront.

More information about the RAMI Awards can be obtained at ramiawards.com.

From the April 21-27, 2010 issue

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