Johnny Hiland (left) and SAE Institute founder, President and CEO, Dr. Tom Misner.
On February 2, the SAE Institute hosted a special evening for students, alumni and music industry guests at its Nashville campus for its founder, President and CEO, Dr. Tom Misner. The event was primarily held to give students and alumni a chance to network with music business professionals. It also offered an opportunity for the local Nashville music community to interface directly with students and faculty from across the country at the state-of-the-art facility.
The evening began with an informal lecture from Dr. Misner, who spoke about career preparation and how to succeed as an engineer or producer in the industry today. Having spent time in Nashville earlier in his career, Dr. Misner spoke about legendary Music Row and how its evolution over the years has provided both challenges and opportunities for students of professional audio. The evening continued as more than 150 guests gathered for a more formal celebration--Nashville style--as Misner was presented with a traditional cowboy hat and a special cake commemorating the 30th anniversary of SAE Institute worldwide. Additionally, a Gold Record Club award was presented to Dr. Misner on behalf of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, recognizing the contributions that he and SAE have made to the Nashville music community.
The evening was topped off with a special performance from Nashville's guitar virtuoso Johnny Hiland. The standing room only set ended well after the party was officially over with an encore performance, with Dr. Misner sitting-in with Hiland for the last few show-stopping tunes.
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