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Loyola alum receives Grammy

July 2, 2009

Woods Drinkwater, a 2007 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts, recently received a Grammy Award for his engineering work on the album, “BeauSoleil & Michael Doucet: Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.” The album won a Grammy for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album for 2008.

Drinkwater began volunteering at Jazz Fest in 2005 through a connection with Loyola instructor and CMFA coordinator of technology Jay Crutti. Over the years, he went from being a volunteer to production manager for Jazz Fest Live, which records, mixes and sells concert recordings from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. As the production manager, Drinkwater is responsible for personnel, equipment and many of the recording mixes.

“I never thought I would receive a statue,” said Drinkwater. “Hearing a familiar voice on the line telling me that not only was I credited as an engineer on a Grammy-winning album, but was also being recognized with an actual Grammy statue of my own was a little dumbfounding.”

“It only makes me more committed to every project I pursue,” said Drinkwater. “You never know when you could be working on an award-winning record.”

Since graduating from Loyola, Drinkwater has traveled with the Allman Brothers Band, recording their live concerts. He is also occasionally working at the New Orleans music studio, Music Shed, and traveling as tour manager and front-of-house engineer for the band, MyNameIsJohnMichael.

“When it came time to decide where I would attend college, it came down to hands-on recording experience,” said Drinkwater. “At Loyola, I was able to learn in a hands-on environment and hone my skills in a way that bred creativity both for the artist and engineers in the studio. I graduated knowing more than just basic textbook methods of recording because of my professors and becoming a TA in the on-campus studio.”

For more information on the College of Music and Fine Arts, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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