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Beyond the Spotlight – Episode 7: Scott Sandstrom

This time, we step into the world of broadcast TV sports – specifically, the sound. From stringing miles of audio cables to placing dozens of microphones, find out what it takes to bring the sound from the playing field right into your living room! After spending decades in video production as an editor and videographer, Scott Sandstrom is now a

Beyond the Spotlight – Episode 6: Emily Diener

Since earning her degree in Theater from Calvin College, Emily Diener has been working onstage and off, in numerous community theater productions over the last ten years. Some of her favorite roles include Ursula in The Little Mermaid (Grand Rapids Civic Theatre), Katherine in Freaky Friday (Circle Theatre), Cathy in The Last Five Years (University Wits) and Mother in Ragtime

Beyond the Spotlight – Episode 4: Chris Goosman

Chris Goosman wears a lot of hats! Some of those include: Audio Jacknife at The Encore Musical Theatre Company, Sound Designer, Intermittent Lecturer at University of Michigan School of Music Theatre & Dance, Technologist at University of Michigan Medical School, and Owner/Chief Engineer at Baseline Audio Labs. Chris Goosman is a Mastering Engineer whose ears, ingenuity, vast industry knowledge, and

Beyond the Spotlight – Episode 3: Dan Kesterke

Dan Kesterke is Director of Bands at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. He’s also a very busy freelance clinician, drummer, and percussionist, who plays in several cover bands of various genres, a jazz quartet, and he performs in numerous symphonic and pit orchestra settings throughout southeast Michigan. On a cold, windy Monday morning at the tail end of 2019,

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Beyond the Spotlight – Episode 2: Chris Diener

Episode 2 is up! Chris Diener is a Nashville-based sound engineer and production manager, who’s been touring the last 12 years across the U.S. as well as Canada, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. He has worked as monitor engineer, FOH engineer, and/or production manager with artists like Brooks and Dunn, Chris Cagle, Joe Nichols, Little Big Town, Sheryl Crow,

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“Beyond the Spotlight” Podcast Launch

Hey kids, I’m about to launch a fun new venture – “Beyond the Spotlight”! It’s a podcast where I pull back the curtain and interview folks working in the trenches of the music and theatre worlds, who never really get their chance to shine. We all know about the ‘stars’ who get the attention and accolades. But what about those

Pit Happens!

Over the last few years, I’ve been focusing more on pit orchestra gigs (musical theater productions) for a multitude of reasons: 40 years of playing in the cover band scene has burned me out It’s a great way to keep up on my reading chops I really enjoy being a member of a larger team working toward a common goal,

I’m back!

So, if you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you know I haven’t posted any new content in over 3 years. There were numerous reasons for that: My concert photography was virtually non-existent Social media began playing a larger role in my communications I honestly felt like I had little to say (that anyone would care about) Over the last