Congratulations to the winners of the 28th Annual RAMI Awards

Gary Wilmer Memorial Scholarship: Daisy Soberanis
Kim & Ruth MacCloskey Scholarship: Celia Rothermel
RAMI Young Artist Music Scholarship: Sarah Pearl Anderson, & Alfredo Vega

Hall of Fame Inductees: Three Good Men, Dirty Fishnet Stockings, & Frank Calvagna

In Memorium: Bob Putnam, Matt Spinnelo, Marin Mazzie, Andrea Walters, Polly Anderson, Carl Schwartz, Chistopher & Jack Ruckman

Coimmunity Service Award: Todd Houston

Acoustic Rock/Folk Cover - Jerry Dale Harris
Acoustic Rock/Folk Original - Curt Lewis
Album of the Year - Space Force - Name the Moon
Blues - Harpo's Revue
Christian/Gospel - Tania Nicholson
Classic Rock/Retro (covers) - The Sensations
Classical Instrumentalist - Paul Bronson
Composer - Paul BronsonCountry/Bluegrass Cover - Dead Man's Hand
Country/Bluegrass Original - Olivia Dvorak
Female Vocalist: Jazz, Funk/R&B - Gina Meeks
Female Vocalist: Rock, Pop, Country - Leanne Leonard
Female Vocalist: Rock, Pop, Country - MiMi Ridgeway
Funk/R&B - Cookie and The Real Deal
Hard Rock/Metal Cover - Amperage
Hard Rock/Metal Original - On My Six
Indie/Alternative - Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts
Lighting Technician - Alex Columbi
Lighting Technician - Steve Olson
Live Sound Engineer - Troy Oakley
Male Vocalist: Jazz, Funk/R&B - Arik Jenkins
Male Vocalist: Rock, Pop, Country - Zach DeCarlo
Music Teacher: Guitar, Percussion, Vocals (Pop/Rock) - Greg Whitson
Music Teacher: Strings, Horns, Vocals (Jazz/Classical) - JIll Tartaglia
People's Choice - Artist of the Year - Shifty Shafer
People's Choice - Favorite Venue - Neighbors Bar and Grill
People's Choice - Radio Station - 96.7 The Eagle
People's Choice - Special Event - Rockford City Market
Pop - Minimal
Rap/Hip Hop - Artoffact & Uno
Recording Studio - Midwest Sound
Song of the Year - A Glorious Day - Chip Messiner
Stage Hand/Rigger - Jaimie Veldman
Stage Manager - Mark Ingraham
Studio Sound Engineer - Larry Williams
Traditional Jazz - Groove Hotel
Tribute Band - Sunset Strip

RAMI Golf Play Day

Come out for a day of golf, music, food and fun.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Timber Pointe Golf Club
5750 Woodstock Road
Poplar Grove, IL 60165

More info coming soon.

Rockford Guitar & Drum Show

Buy, sell, trade your used music and sound equipment.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Cliffbreakers Convention Center
700 W. Riverside Blvd, Rockford, IL
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$5.00 at the door

Vendor booth: $50.00 (10' x 10' booth with 1 8' table and 2 chairs - limited number available)
Early bird discount: $40 before August 1at, 2019
Get a Table


Scholarship Spotlight

Daisy Soberanis

2019 Gary S. Wilmer / RAMI Music Scholarship

I remember learning to play the recorder in the fourth grade and feeling proud of myself after learning every piece in the book. I practiced for long periods without realizing how much time had passed.  It was the same when I learned to play the flute, and still occurs to this day. From a young age, I found my strongest passion and soon discovered a world of opportunities music could bring to anyone- not only the ability to perform, but enhancement of the school experience and academic performance as well.  

I am a very active musician- I have been seated as the principal flute player of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra, performed in Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre, Auburn High School’s Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, local schools in need of member in pit orchestras for musicals, and qualified for the District 8 ILMEA Festival in 2018. Read more.

Celia Rothermel

2019 Kim & Ruth MacCloskey RAMI Music Scholarship

I am Celia Rothermel, a senior at Durand High School. I play the flute, piccolo, and tenor sax, and have been involved in Band and Jazz Band. Other important involvements for me have been Scholastic Bowl, Science Olympiad, National Honor Society, Cross Country, Track, WYSE (Worldwide Youth Science and Engineering) and Show Choir. I will be attending Rockford University in the fall to study biochemistry and then want to go on to obtain a degree in pharmacy.  

Though science will be the focus of my future, I do want to continue to play music in college and long after college. Read more.

The RAMI Organization

Each year the RAMI Organization hosts several events to help fund the Gary S. Wilmer RAMI Music Scholarship, The RAMI Young Artists Music Scholarship and to promote the local music community. Our premier event is the RAMI Awards Ceremony is held in April each year. The RAMI Awards recognize and celebrate the efforts of groups and individuals who have involvement in the local music community.

The RAMIs have awarded over $70,000 in scholarships and music education programs to over 50 students.

If you would like to become involved in helping us promote support local music and promote music education, contact us at ramicommittee @

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700 W Riverside Blvd, Rockford

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