Doug Neff - Class of 2007
Doug Neff, class of 2007, is an agent at WME in Nashville, TN. WME is an entertainment company based out of Los Angeles, CA. He handles bookings for the company's country roster in 11 midwestern states. Doug studied saxophone with Dr. Perry Rask and won the 2003 Hollis Prize.
William Morris Endeavor. Music Business and Business Management.
Michael Fenoglio - Class of 2006
Michael graduated from Millikin University in 2006 with a degree in Commercial Music. While at Millikin he studied privately with Perry Rask, Solomon Baer, and Laurie Glencross. Shortly after graduating Fenoglio began working the cruise ship circuit, touring to locations such Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Australia, New Zealand and the South pacific, onboard Celebrity and Princess Cruise vessels. After two years on ships, he returned to school, earning a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in Chicago, IL in 2010. Here he had the opportunity to perform with such renowned artists as Phil Woods, Ira Sullivan, and Jeff Hamilton.
Fenoglio recently completed his doctorate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Jazz Saxophone Performance. While there he served as Chip McNeill and Debra Richtmeyer’s teaching assistant, teaching classical and jazz saxophone lessons to undergraduate and graduate students, and directing various ensembles. He also performed in many groups, winning a “Jazz Soloist Outstanding Performance” award from Downbeat Magazine in 2013.
Michael’s time at Millikin was instrumental in preparing him for his future. The emphasis on learning classical as well and jazz saxophone while a student of Perry Rask, coupled with encouragement to become a proficient doubler has prepared him for many professional teaching and performance opportunities. These include performances with internationally renowned musicians such as Doc Severinsen, Ira Sullivan, and Phil Woods, as well as with local greats Chip McNeill, Tito Carrillo and Larry Gray. He also has been the director of the Champaign Central High School Stage Band and Combos since 2010.
Casey Fitpatrick - Class of 2003
Since leaving MU in 2003:
- Completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign
- Did a 6 Month contract with Princess Cruises
- Joined the band, 56 Hope Road, comprised of MU Alums and toured the nation for 2 ½ years. During that time, recorded on the band’s 4th album entitled, “Law of Attraction.”
- Moved to Chicago and has remained active on the city’s vast music scene still to this present day.
- Notable Performance Credits since leaving MU:
- Clark Terry
- Jon Faddis
- Bobby Shew
- Jim McNeely
- Stefon Harris
- Ron, Cecil, and DeeDee Bridgewater
- Brian Culbertson
- The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, directed by Terry Myers
In my own words,
Millikin University exceeded my expectations in preparing me for every opportunity that followed my graduation. Perry Rask taught me more than just the essentials to play the saxophone. He gave me a solid work ethic, professional experiences, and valuable insights which he has gained from his own formative experiences. Playing in ensembles directed by Randy Reyman and Steve Widenhofer provided me with a solid foundation of performance experience. Lastly, the recording studio courses I took with Dave Burdick afforded me a greater understanding of the recording experience from both sides of the studio glass. I still apply today what I learned from all these professors then and would not have come this far without their guidance.