Grammy Winner, Performer of No. 3 Billboard Song
Kick-Started their Careers at MHCC

Posted: February 12, 2013

Chris BottiFormer Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) music student Chris Botti won a Grammy award Feb. 10 for best pop instrumental album, titled Impressions. He is joined on the CD by Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knoffler, David Foster and Caroline Campbell in what Botti’s website calls a “warm, intimate celebration of melodic balladry.”

The trumpeter began his career at MHCC, where he was enrolled 1980-81. Besides four previous Grammy nominations and his recent award, a few of Botti’s career highlights include a performance at the White House and performances with Sting and Paul Simon.

His website says: “Now a major artist in his own right, performing worldwide, selling more than three million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.”

Botti’s concert dates this year include stops at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and venues throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Patrick LambPatrick Lamb

Another former MHCC music student also has reason to celebrate: Patrick Lamb, who studied at the college in 1989-90, and is also a Grammy-nominated musician, has a hit single, “Maceo,” currently number three on the contemporary Billboard charts.

Lamb’s online biography notes that he studied under Dave Barduhn, former arranger for the Stan Kenton Band, and retired MHCC faculty member. Lamb toured in the early 1990s with multiple Grammy award winning vocalist Diane Schur.

Lamb has performed and toured with many world class musicians, performed at the White House, on national TV shows and at diverse benefits across the Pacific Northwest. In 2010 he performed at the MHCC Foundation’s annual auction and dinner, a benefit to support students.

Many Musicians Get Their Start at MHCC

Robert Crowell teaches jazz at MHCC, and attended the college as a student in the early 90s.  “I remember both of these musicians,” he says.  “Mt Hood Community College has always been a place where people come to get started on a musical career. These are two great examples, and there are many others.”

Crowell adds, “A career in music is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Chris and Patrick were hard workers as students and still are hard workers. It’s nice to see them receive recognition.”

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