On August 11, Berklee celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Gretsch Company, one of the world’s best-known guitar and drum makers. Members of the Berklee community packed the Berklee Performance Center for a special Gretsch clinic featuring Jim Pettit, owner of the Memphis Drum Shop and jazz guitarist/composer Bob Sabellico, who has played on sessions with Bela Fleck, Jaco Pastorius and Phoebe Snow, among many others.
Prior to the clinic, president Fred W. Gretsch, the fourth-generation descendant of company founder Friedrich Gretsch, and Joe Carducci, Gretsch’s guitar marketing manager, gave an account of the company’s colorful history.
August 11 also marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary Gretsch Company guitar clinician and marketing manager Jimmie Webster. Accordingly, the Gretsch Foundation has endowed a scholarship at Berklee in Webster’s name.
A guitarist, inventor and marketer, Webster guided Gretsch in an era of explosive growth and popularity beginning in the 1940s and extending through the 1960s. The Gretsch scholarship will support an outstanding student majoring in music business.
“We are deeply honored by the association with the Gretsch Company, and grateful for the opportunity to assist a deserving student in our major,” says Don Gorder, chair of Berklee’s Music Business/Management Department. “Gretsch products are known throughout the world for quality, and that’s what we strive for at Berklee. This gift will help us to attract the best and brightest.”
Download Free Music By Event Performer Bob Sabellico
- Mop Bop ( Gretsch Hot Rod)
- Another Day At The Office ( Gretsch Hot Rod And Duo Jet)
- Me Too ( Gretsch Hot Rod/Duo Jet/Spectrasonic Baritone )
All songs written and performed by Bob Sabellico ©2008