Dream Theater Announces Scholarship Fund at Boston's Berklee College of Music: Exclusive

Progressive metal band Dream Theater — in celebration of its 35th anniversary — is creating the Dream Theater Scholarship Fund in conjunction with the Berklee College of Music in Boston that will provide money to students. The fund will be headed by Berklee global development officer Mirek Vana and Dream Theater manager Frank Solomon, who together have worked over the past six years on the inititative.

Guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung and former drummer Mike Portnoy formed Dream Theater at Berklee in 1985 while attending the esteemed institution. (The group is rounded out by singer James LaBrie, keyboardist Jordan Rudess and drummer Mike Mangini.) Although they left the college to concentrate solely on the band, their connection and dedication to the school has remained — for instance, former student Eren Basbug had the opportunity to conduct the Berklee Student Orchestra and Berklee Concert Choir during a 2014 Dream Theater concert at Boston Opera House.