Ken Zambello graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1982 with a Bachelors Degree in Professional Music, and was a member of the Berklee faculty from 1982 until 2018. The classes he developed and taught at Berklee include The History of Rock, Harmonic Analysis of Rock Music, Rock Arranging, and a variety of Pop/Rock Rhythm Section & Vocal Ensembles. He also worked in Berklee Special Programs as a musical director/producer for numerous high profile concerts including the Annual Commencement Concert, The Singers’ Showcase, The International Folk Music Festival, The Great American Songbook, and many others. Ken has arranged and conducted for many of Berklee’s well known guest performers including Steven Tyler, Annie Lennox, David Foster, Chaka Khan, Steve Gadd, Phillip Bailey ( Earth, Wind & Fire), Ben E. King, Paula Cole, and Chinese pop superstar Leehom Wang. He has also arranged and performed on bass/vocals with Gloria Estefan, Christopher Guest, Jeffrey Osborne and Jennifer Holliday. Ken has also coordinated and taught Performance & Pop/Rock Harmony workshops in Boston, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and Ireland.
Professionally Ken has backed up many classic pop groups including The Coasters, The Original Drifters, The Teenagers , The Belmonts, Frankie Ford, and many others. He also has played bass in Musical Theater Pit orchestras around the Boston area, and has played bass and sang vocals for a variety of legends of rock/pop tribute concerts and corporate events. Other professional experience includes singing bass vocals in Boston area a-cappella groups, and composing, arranging, and singing on New England area radio and TV jingles. He is currently an official voting member of the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame.
At MI Ken teaches in the Vocal department and the new Bachelors Songwriting & Production program.