Following in his father’s footprints, Isom Innis spent his high school vacation in Boston MA, immersed in the Summer Performance Program at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
“I wanted him to get a jump on the real world of music,” explained proud father, Dave Innis, himself a Berklee alumnus.
Berklee College of Music is the world’s largest independent music college and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. The faculty and alumni list is a “who’s who” of modern music including artists Kevin Eubanks, Branford Marsalis, Melissa Etheridge, John Mayer, Les Arbuckle and a host of others.
During the five-week program, students are involved in all aspects of performance. Students play in ensembles, develop improvisational and reading skills, improve technique in weekly private lessons, enjoy lectures/demonstrations by well-known faculty and visiting artists, and are exposed to the latest innovations in music technology.
“Isom plays a variety of instruments – percussion, guitar, piano,” Innis said. “One of his percussion instructors was John Blackwell, the drummer for the renowned pop artist, Prince.”
The highlight of the program for Isom, and a proud moment for dad, was performing for the student body in the famed Berklee Performance Center. “He won a song-writing competition and got to perform with a back-up band along with the other winners.” Located in the historic Back Bay, the Berklee Performance Center is at the core of Boston’s entertainment and cultural community.
“Isom really enjoyed the whole experience. He loved the city, loved riding the subways and going to concerts,” Dave said. “He’s a high school senior this year and looking at colleges. Now, he not only has an introduction to a great school, he has an invitation from the school to attend.”