Grammy, Emmy Winners Among New MCCC Advisory Board
From a Grammy-award winning musician to a former six-term U.S. Congressman, the talented new members of the Technology/Mass Media Studies and Production Advisory Board at Montgomery County Community College are a talented bunch.
This high-profile group met for the first time recently, said SRT and MSP Director David Ivory, a Grammy-nominated engineer and lead member of the Philadelphia Music Industry Task Force.
“They’re working together as part of a larger effort to help guide, promote and build awareness of the SRT/MSP programs at MCCC,” said Ivory, “and provide new opportunities for students.”
MCCC offers experiential learning experiences as part of its programs to help prepare students for the workforce. Students get to network and work directly with professionals in the industry.
To foster this learning environment, MCCC added a state-of-the-art recording studio, the Mix Room, in April 2018 that has expanded its SRT and MSP programs. Since its opening, the Mix Room has hosted a series of Master Classes featuring a wide array of music and recording professionals. The studio also is available for community members to book studio time.
Most recently, students had the opportunity to meet and work with professional drummer Marcus Baylor, who was recording on the drums in the Mix Room for Queen Latifah’s performance at the 2023 NAACP Image Awards.
Last month, the SRT/MSP programs hosted a Master Class featuring Preston Elliot, host of “The Preston and Steve Show” on 93.3 WMMR-FM, to talk about his hall of fame career in the radio industry. Master Classes are free and open to all students and the community.
In addition to the Mix Room on the Blue Bell Campus, MCCC also has a recording studio on its Pottstown Campus. SRT/MSP students can take classes at both locations.
The new Advisory Board’s members include:
- Grammy nominated performer Helen Bruner. Producer, artist, songwriter and one-half of the Grammy-nominated duo Helen Bruner & Terry Jones.
- Former U.S. Rep. Anthony “Tony” Coelho – A former six-term United States Congressman from California, elected in 1978 and serving until 1989. In 2020, he gifted the College a $100,000 scholarship to help students with disabilities earn a degree in SRT.
- Music producer Bobby Dreher – Musician, music producer, engineer, recording artist, performer, photographer, radio and streaming host, and musical artist consultant in Artist development.
- MCCC alumnus and audio engineer Kevin Folk.
- Emmy winner and WHYY-TV producer Lisa M. Gray.
- Grammy nominee Terry Jones- Songwriter, Producer and one-half of the Grammy-nominated duo Helen Bruner & Terry Jones, co-owner of Philerzy Productions and Philerzy Entertainment.
- Commercial real estate executive Gary N. Leone.
- Springfield Township High School choral music teacher Andrew Puntel.
- Adam Reiver, Owner / President of FU-Tone, EVH D-Tuna and Polymer Records.
- Grammy winning musician, producer, Philadelphia musician and writer Allan Slutsky.
- Emmy winning composer Rodney Whittenberg.
Ivory, along with SRT Coordinator Michael Kelly, MSP Coordinator Jerry Collom and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Business and Professional Studies Kelly Strunk are the MCCC staff members also on the Advisory Board.
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