Congratulations to TRAC's newest graduates of our music production degree program! This is TRAC's eighth graduating class (called "Intake 8" or "I8" here at the studio).
At the ceremony this afternoon in Studio A, graduates were called up to receive their degree not by their name, but by a piece of music they produced. The students had each put in over a hundred hours—and in some cases many hundreds of hours in the studio over the course of the program, and it showed with the quality of their music. At one point TRAC director Peter Dyson started dancing but thought the better of it. "Probably best if a middle aged man doesn't dance in public,' he said.
The graduates each had a chance to speak. Aaron Maree-Jones thanked his family, which was echoed by all the graduates. Devin Capote put in a special shout out to Alex Gehring, who gave him rides, and to Chief Academic Officer Mark Kirchner, who became a friend in addition to being a teacher.
"I appreciated the chance we had to make mistakes here," Alex Gehring said. Alex is off to New York City in a few weeks, where he already has a music industry job lined up.
Jacob Powell, who gave a speech on behalf of the entire class, said, "I really wanted to come here. I had friends going to other schools, and they didn’t get the same kind of experience as I did. I come from a big family, with 64 cousins. Family is important to me, and TRAC felt like a family. My classmates and I spent so much time together, all working on each other's projects. We supported each other."
Joey Peloso (dubbed "J P-Lo" by his classmates) summed it up nicely. "We're Intake 8, and we're great," he said.