The Rochester Music Hall of Fame in April will induct five celebrated musicians and composers.
The inductees are:
• John Beck, a percussionist and composer and Eastman School of Music faculty member for 60 years;
• Campbell Brothers, masters of sacred steel music;
• Steve Gadd, an accomplished drummer who performed in studio and on tour with artists such as Paul Simon, James Taylor and Eric Clapton;
• Tony Levin, a veteran bassist who is a member of the Peter Gabriel band as well as King Crimson and Stick Men; and
• Ferdinand Jay Smith, an Emmy-nominated composer and former DJ and manager.
“Rochester has a rich and diverse musical heritage and those being honored deserve the best possible representation,” RMHF board President Karl LaPorta said in a news release. “The audiences have been amazed at the show that is put on and the shared musical experience is intensely entertaining.”
LaPorta—who was responsible for the RMHF’s founding after a 2009 essay sparked interest in the idea—said he will step down as president in June after seven years of volunteer service.
“Our community and the Rochester music scene are so fortunate that Karl dared to make his dream a reality,” said RMHF President-elect Jack Whittier, who has served as vice president since the organization’s inception. “Through Karl’s exemplary leadership over the past nine years the Rochester Music Hall of Fame induction night is one of the hottest tickets in town.”
This year’s ceremony will be held April 22 at the Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. Some 38 inductees have been honored since RMHF was founded.