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Berklee Seal

The Berklee College seal. Its latin motto, "Esse Quam videri" means "To be, rather than to seem".

Berklee College of Music is a college of music in Boston, Massachusetts, and the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. It teaches a range of styles including rock, jazz, hip-hop, bluegrass and reggae. Future Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy, Derek SherinianJohn Petrucci and John Myung attended Berklee College in 1984, and Mike Mangini taught as an Associate Professor of Percussion from 2002 until joining Dream Theater in 2010. To date, 100 Berklee alumni have received 231 Grammy Awards.

Notable Alumni[]

  • John Petrucci - guitarist for Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment
  • John Myung - bassist for Dream Theater
  • Mike Portnoy - drummer for Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Avenged Sevenfold, Flying Colors, Transatlantic, Neal Morse Band, The Winery Dogs, Sons of Apollo, and more
  • John Mayer - guitarist
  • Al Di Meola - guitarist
  • Eric Andre - comedian, studied double bass
  • Joey Kramer - drummer for Aerosmith
  • Brad Whitford - guitarist for Aerosmith
  • Derek Sherinian - keyboardist for Dream Theater, Sons of Apollo, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, and more
  • Charlie Puth - singer
  • Adam Neely - Youtuber, bassist for Sungazer
  • Ben McKee - bassist for Imagine Dragons
  • Daniel Platzman - drummer for Imagine Dragons
  • Wayne Sermon - guitarist for Imagine Dragons
  • Annie Clark - guitarist for St. Vincent
  • Ed Roland - guitarist for Collective Soul
  • Brendon Small - voice actor, comedian, guitarist for Dethklok
  • Alan Silvestri - film composer
  • Howard Shore - film composer
  • Ryan Shore - film, video game and TV composer
  • Steve Smith - drummer for Journey
  • Antonio Sanchez - drummer for Pat Metheny
  • Joel Stroetzel - guitarist for Killswitch Engage
  • Steve Vai - guitarist
  • James Valentine - guitarist for Maroon 5
  • Joe Zawinul - keyboardist for Weather Report
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