Berklee College of Music in Boston is one of the premier music schools in the world. We have talked with many fantastic Berklee grads, including the folks from Honeysuckle, RIPE, Alison Keslow and Matt McArthur to name just as few as well as musicians and Berklee professors Bonnie Hayes and Susan Cattaneo.
We wanted to talk with the man who helped make this school the institution it is today so we jumped at the chance to speak with drummer, humanitarian, entrepreneur and Berklee president Roger Brown.
Roger has had a prolific career, including co-directing one famine relief program called Land Bridge on the Cambodia-Thailand border which was the largest emergency food distribution effort ever attempted and another called Save The Children in Sudan.
Later he co-founded Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which provided on-site child care for client-company employees and is also the founder of the Horizons Initiative, which provides services for homeless children, and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, which creates play spaces in homeless shelters.
Mr. Brown became president of Berklee College of Music in 2004.
We sat with Roger in a performance classroom at 1140 Boylston Street and talked about his humanitarian efforts, Berklee goals for its current and future students, how they prepare students for a successful career and why music is so important.
Song one: Beautiful Ones (Roger Brown)
We were honored to sit with the amazing Pardis Sabeti who is doing her part to help those in need with her work at The Sabeti Lab where she is working to eradicate the Lassa and Ebola viruses.
Dr. Sabeti completed her undergraduate degree at MIT, her graduate work at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, got her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and she was named a TIME magazine ‘Person of the Year’ as one of the Ebola fighters.
But perhaps the coolest thing she does is perform as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the Boston based rock band Thousand Days.
Song 1: Breathe In (Turkana Boy)
Song 2: One Truth (Small Joys)
Song 3: Phoenix (Single)
Song 4: Neda (Radiate)
Song 1: Amazing Grace - Grace Kelly
Song 2: Otherside - Macklemore
Song 3: America the beautiful - Livingston Taylor
Song 4: More than just a dream - Fitz and the Tantrums
Song 5: Live my life - B-RAiN