Established by the family and friends of John and Paula Wehmiller, the scholarship fund honors Wes Wehmiller (1971-2005), a Berklee graduate (‘92) and highly accomplished bassist, athlete, and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January, 2005. The Wes Wehmiller Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wes showed as a bassist and as a human being.
A groundbreaking virtuoso bassist and fellow Berklee alumnus (’80), Stu Hamm has worked with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani among others, and has released four acclaimed solo albums. Recently he’s been on the road with the bass supertour B3, featuring Stu, Billy Sheehan, and Jeff Berlin. Stu was an important early influence on Wes Wehmiller, and while at Berklee, Wehmiller paid homage to Hamm in a tribute band performance of the famous Steve Vai-Stu Hamm “Classified” 1984 band material.
Wehmiller’s later playing was more R&B influenced, and the first annual Wehmiller Scholarship Award Winner, Will Snyder, will honor that influence by playing a set of classic R&B material along with Wehmiller’s Berklee Bass Professor and close friend Danny Morris and renowned L.A. drummer James Gadson (Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers).
“I had the honor of being Wes’ teacher at Berklee,” says Morris. “Twelve years later I had the honor of being Will Snyder’s teacher. The reward of teaching oddly enough comes in the reciprocal effect that one actually learns from their students. Wes Wehmiller exemplified to me the concept of ‘less is more’. Many of the wonderful qualities of Wes are well apparent in Will. Come out on March 6th and hear 2006 scholarship recipient Will Snyder’s groove. Dance to the music!”
WesFest 2: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at
Berklee College Of Music
March 6, 2007
The Gig (www.liveatthegig.com)
7302 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90046
Doors open at 7:00 PM
This year’s complete list of performers is as follows:
• Stu Hamm (www.stuarthamm.net)
• Danny Mo and the Exciters (featuring 2006 Wehmiller Scholarship Award Winner Will Snyder and drummer James Gadson)
• The Dirty Janks
• Jariya (www.myspace.com/jariyamusic)
• Janet Robin (www.janetrobin.com)
• Jude Crossen (www.myspace.com/judecrossen)
• The WesFest All-Stars – featuring performances by WesFest veterans:
• Mike Keneally (www.keneally.com)
• Ali Handal (www.alihandal.com)
• Kira Small (www.kirasmall.com)
• Griff Peters (www.griffpeters.com)
• Bryan Beller (www.bryanbeller.com)
• Tristana Ward
• I, Claudius
Ticket prices are as follows:
• $30. per pair of tickets in advance (advance tickets are available until February 28)
• $20. for single tickets in advance
• $30. for tickets at the door.
Ticket orders and donations will be accepted via check or credit card. Complete ordering instructions and procedures can be found online at:
For any questions about ordering tickets or donating to the fundraising drive, please contact Peter Gordon directly at (818) 380-3041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The original WesFest event took place on February 16, 2006, at The Gig in Hollywood, CA, with eight bands performing live in a three-hours-plus concert. WesFest raised over $12,000. and served as the inaugural event for an annual concert series and fundraising drive for the scholarship.
For additional biographical information on Wes Wehmiller, and more information on last year’s WesFest, as well as new details about WesFest 2 as they become available, please visit the official Tribute To Wes Wehmiller Website at www.weswehmiller.net.