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Sean Peter Hagon is a composer and orchestrator for the film, video game, television and advertisement industries and CEO of Music Media Solutions. Hagon also currently serves as the Chair of the Professional Music Department at Berklee College of Music. Prior to his appointment at Berklee, he was the Director of Continuing Education at New England Conservatory.
"Sean is a musical chameleon with a unique compositional voice. From epic orchestra, to electronic textures, to ethnic, to off beat and quirky - you name it and he writes it. Sean's music is cinematic, dynamic, well-produced, and always packs an emotional punch!
- Sean McMahon, Orchestrator of several feature films including Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Ghost Rider.
As an active film and TV composer and member of BMI with clients such as Spirit Music Collective, Haus Music and Sound, Hagon has a number of TV and film composing credits to his name including the History Channel's hit TV show American Pickers, PBS' Genealogy Roadshow, Destination America, MSNBC's Lockup, CNBC'sThe Filthy Rich Guide and The Deed, and the independent films Cibe and Luminosity. He is represented by Lucid Artist Management.
Hagon also serves as the Creative Director for the jingle writing company Sound Advice, and co-founded the independent record label and entertainment management firm, First Rock Entertainment. He is still an active keyboardist in the Boston area.
An experienced and well rounded musician in all genres, Hagon received his degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music and graduated cum laude with a concentration in music production, composition for film and TV and music education. He went on to receive his diploma in Media Composition and a diploma in Cinematic Orchestration from the London School of Creative Studies and studied with Charles Fernandez who is known for his orchestrations and compositions for HBO's "The Band of Brothers", The Butterfly Effect, numerous film trailers and his many contributions to Disney, MGM and Universal. Hagon received his master's degree from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in Music Technology.
Hagon was born and raised just outside of Boston, MA and at the age of 5 began studying music as a multi-instrumentalist in violin, piano and trumpet. He spent much of his time recording and performing nationally in the early '90s with the Boston-based rock group Last Cry. Last Cry penned a #1 hit in the Northeast with In The Name of Love in addition to charting on Billboard's Top 100. With Last Cry, Hagon worked closely with producer John Fannon of the '70s rock group New England and Lennie Petze who is best known as the man who discovered and produced hit records for Cyndi Lauper. In the late '90s, Hagon was commissioned by the 215th Massachusetts National Guard Army Band to compose Scenes From A Battlefield.
In the early 2000s, Hagon toured as keyboardist for the national act The Dan Lawson Band and has shared the stage for artists such as Derek St. Holmes (formerly of Ted Nugent) Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Great White, Zakk Wylde, Jimmy Van Zant, Trixter, Pat Travers, Rick Derringer and Eddie Money . Hagon's stint with The Dan Lawson Band yielded the CD In the Nick of Time.
Hagon was a recipient of the 2010 Exemplary Music Educator Award from Berklee College of Music in recognition of his outstanding teaching and efforts to advance the music education profession.
Kevin Mello, serves as Vice President and Managing Partner for Music Media Solutions and is a bassist, guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist with over 30 years of live performance and recording experience. He was born in Watertown, N.Y. and grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Mello holds a B.A. from UMASS and is a Cum Laude graduate. He was inducted into the International Honor Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success. In addition, he is a member of the elite MENSA International High IQ Society. As a bass player, self taught musician, and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass and keyboards), Mello has performed at over 3,000 live events to audiences as large as 25,000 people. At the age of 19, he and his bandmates formed the cover band “Sanctuary” which quickly developed a large following in Southern New England, catching the attention of the owner and very popular “Sebastian’s Night Club” in Middletown, R.I. who asked them to be the house band.
In 2002, Mello joined the nationally touring Dan Lawson Band which included appearances at “Bike Week” in Laconia, N.H. , Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Daytona, Fl, as well as several appearances at The Nashville New Music Conference. It was during this time that he began collaborating with Dan Lawson Band keyboardist Sean Hagon.
In 2003, Mello performed with The Dan Lawson Band aboard the Aircraft Carrier Intrepid in New York City at a memorial concert on the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01. The concert was held as a benefit to raise money for the victims and families who lost loved ones during the attack. That same year Mello and Hagon were technical advisors for “The Night of Healing Concert” in Providence, R.I. which was held to raise money for the victims of The Station Night Club fire. This successful event included performances by Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Rick Derringer, Paul Shortino, Blue Oyster Cult, Vanilla Fudge, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band and many other well known acts.
In 2006, Mello joined The Dan Lawson Band for a performance on the HBO Original Series “Family Bonds”. In 2007, he collaborated with Sean Hagon on music for the Fox Sports Net New England Original Series “Celebrity Build” which starred NFL players Matt Light of The New England Patriots and John Runyan of the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2010 and 2011, Mello hosted and co-emceed the “Monster Jam” monster truck rally at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. Formerly with the premier Foreigner and Bad Company Tribute Band "Merchants of Cool", Mello currently performs live with Sean Hagon.
Mello's collaborations with Hagon have included music for several local and national television shows as well as television and radio commercials, and corporate jingles.
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