Liberty Hotel on New Year's Eve, and opened
for country star Darius Rucker (better known as
Hootie, of Hootie & the Blowfish).
'08), he's not looking for fame. "I don't want to
`make it,' " said Jack. "I just want to practice,
perform and tour. It's what I've done since
I was 8."
Jack enrolled at Middlesex to break up the
monotony of a job he didn't like. His first
class was "Music Appreciation" with Professor
Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta. "I remember going
straight to a music store after that class and
buying my first classical CD. I was really into it,"
"The program challenged me," said Jack. "There's
no pretentiousness. The teachers pay attention to
you and push you to perform in student recitals
and to get involved in music."
in Liberal Studies/Performing Arts Music
Option, Jack attended McNally Smith
College of Music in St. Paul, Minn. He
graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's
of music in percussion performance in 2011.
with Professor Marv Dahlgren, collaborating
making all four limbs perform a different
motion simultaneously. When Jack started
writing his own exercises, Dahlgren asked if
he wanted to co-author a book with him.
A Study in Polyrhythmic and Polymetric
Coordination" to Dahlgren, his mentor refused
to take any credit. Jack's book, featuring a
forward by Dahlgren, was published in January
2013. After graduation, Jack moved back to
Massachusetts. "There's more opportunity
here," he said.
practicing, working on his second book, or
teaching drumming to young students at Music
Elements in Chelmsford. "I like the moments
when you see the students understand what
you're teaching them, it's a great feeling."
beckon Kevin Mahaney, the recent Performing
Arts/Theater graduate (Class of '13) is making
sure he's well prepared before delving even
deeper into the theater world.
auditions for his preferred transfer schools Bos-
ton Conservatory and Roosevelt University in
completing his bachelor's degree in musical
theater. He's working as a paraprofessional in
a Dracut elementary school, rehearsing with an
acting coach to perfect his audition skills, and
gaining valuable experience in the classroom.
minor in education," said Mahaney. "While I love
to perform, it's always good to have a back-up
plan in the theater!"
Department productions, including the lead in
"How to Succeed in Business Without Really
Trying," and the lawyer, Billy Flynn, in "Chicago."
"When I came to school here, I decided to
really take my time with it to learn as much
as I could."
when he played the villain Gaston in "Beauty and
the Beast." "I was surprised I got the part, but
once I set foot on that stage, I was hooked."
"connected" all the Theater students became.
"(Performing Arts Chairwoman) Karen Oster
brought us all together and made sure we were
all on the same page and
we just gave it our all, every day.
important to the production whether you're the
lead or behind the scenes. A lot of people who
go into theater think, `It's all about me!' Karen
makes sure that doesn't happen."
aney believes the arts helped him find himself.
"With every show I've ever done, I've found a
different part of myself. You learn about how
humanity works and how different people in the
world interact with each other. That all helps you
grow as a person."