JACK RAMETTA, Pianist / Composer
Bachelor of Music Composition, Berklee College of Music
Master of Music (Music Composition Focus), University of Rhode Island
Studied music composition & production techniques at the Berklee College of Music, as well as gaining hands-on techniques at two New York studios. A Rhode Island studio owner for 30 years, Jack designed and directed the construction of 5 state-of-the-art audio facilities. He produced and engineered countless music and broadcast projects for local & national radio, TV and corporate use. A privately-trained and accomplished musical arranger since middle school, Jack performed and composed original songs for a musical group signed by Arista Records in 1978. He created musical compositions for countless broadcast and corporate projects from 1981 to present; adapted and created arrangements for elementary and middle school bands at OLM from 2001 to present; and currently designs their music curriculum.
In the late 70’s, a recording Artist, Arista Records- Collected works of original songs for Arista Records;
1981 to present, the owner and president of StarTrak Studios, Inc.;
Composed and produced RI 350th Anniversary film score;
Composed and produced hundreds of custom musical scores for clients such as Swarovski, CVS, Xerox, Gulf Oil, American Power Conversion, The United Way, Metlife, Days Inn, Fisher-Price and the Lifetime Network;
Composed and produced custom musical station ID packages for WLNE, WBZ, WPRI, KXAS, WTNH, WTIC, WBRZ, WCIS and WAVY;
Composed and produced documentary-style musical scores for Commonwealth Films and the Longyear Museum.
GREG TAKEMOTO, Saxophonist / Clarinetist
Chico State University
Bachelor of Music, Rhode Island College
Greg Takemoto has been playing saxophone since he was nine years old. Before moving to RI, Greg lived in Sacramento, California and attended Chico State University with a focus on a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance (woodwinds). At CSU he was able to share the stage with the likes of Joshua Redman, Poncho Sanchez, and Randy Brecker. Greg Takemoto then began touring with a variety of funk and groove bands. During that time he played most notably at the Mountain Air and High Sierra Music Festivals. He was fortunate to share the stage with such greats as Karl Denson, The Slip, and Robert Walter. Greg then moved to Rhode Island to study with world-renowned saxophonist Greg Abate in 2003. Since then, Greg Takemoto has been playing regularly with local musicians, leading his own bands and working on original projects. He currently teaches at the RI Philharmonic’s Music School, OLM, and More than Music. Greg Takemoto enjoys teaching and loves sharing his enthusiasm for music with his students.