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Jaron Lancaster

Current job position (or additional field of study) and where:
I play bass for the band Northridge along with Tyler Tarquini (Millikin student), Travis Leonard and Steven Hopkins. I am also a receiving lead at Bed, Bath and Beyond in Encino, Calif., in my spare time.

Class year:

Why did you choose MU, and what did you study?
I chose Millikin University based on a former professor, Mark Rubel, and the commercial music program.

What is your most memorable MU experience?
The countless nights stowed away in Millitrax [recording studio] working on sessions. The real world experience I gained from the sessions there has mentally prepared me for the professional studio culture.

What activities did you participate in as a student?
Throughout my four years at Millikin, I was involved in MUCC, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the Guitar Ensemble. Through my junior and senior years, I was employed as a studio manager in Millitrax and as stage manager at Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

What is one concept you learned at Millikin that you use in your work regularly?
The biggest thing I learned while attending Millikin was how to communicate in a professional manner. It is my responsibility with Northridge to forward our shows on tour and to solve all logistical and technical issues with promoters and tour road managers.

What's the best advice you ever received?
Ronnie Dean, the technical director of the commercial music program, told me to use the tools I had in front of me — there was no need to complain and worry about what I didn’t have.

Who was your most memorable MU professor and why?
Dr. Dave Burdick, without a doubt in my mind. He was full of anecdotes that seemingly never ended, yet they were entirely applicable to the topic in a roundabout way. I learned a lot from that guy.

Where do you hope to be five years from now?
I hope to be making music and still performing.

When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I probably wanted to be an astronaut.

What do you enjoy most about your current job?
I am able to work with the people around me every day at something we feel passionate about. Most of the time, it doesn’t seem much like work.

What have you done that you are most proud of since graduating from MU?
Taking the leap of faith, moving to Los Angeles, and giving my dream of performing music a chance.

What is a short piece of advice you'd give to current Millikin students about preparing for life after graduation?
You must not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Take advantage of every opportunity set in front of you.


Want to be spotlighted as the "Young Alum of the Month?" We are seeking recommendations and self-nominations for outstanding young alumni who have demonstrated innovative and responsible professional leadership and have the potential for future success. Email Jaclyn Weisenborn '09, associate director of alumni engagement, with a short write-up of why you or your nominee should be considered for this profile. Please include a list of successes and achievements in your nomination, and attach a portrait or headshot (if available). One alum will be featured each month in MY Times.


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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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