Sean Ashcraft is a senior Music Technology major with a minor in Applied Physics at Ball State University. He grew up near Kokomo, Indiana, learning to play violin at a young age, then picking up classical and jazz guitar in high school. Sean decided to pursue a future in music that combined both his technical ability and his love of writing music. Sean currently is a member of the Ball State Jazz Ensemble and the Ball State Electric Guitar Quartet. He enjoys composing new music for the electric guitar, as well as other traditional and non-traditional orchestral and electro-acoustical settings. His favorite popular musical styles include new wave, shoegaze, and indie pop, and his favorite art music styles tend to stem from “post” distinctions, such as post-minimalism, post-tonal, and post-art. Sean looks forward to pursuing a graduate degree in theory/composition while also recording and engineering as much as possible.
Alex Dobbert is a senior Music Media Production major, minoring in Music Business and a producer for The Scene. In addition to his duties with The Scene, Alex is the band manager of the Ball State University Singers, and the President of the Ball State Chapter Audio Engineering Society. He is also the drummer and producer for the band Journals. Alex began playing piano at the age of five, but he didn’t fall in love with music until the age of twelve, when he received his first set of drums. In high school, fellow Scene producer Sean Ashcraft taught Alex a few guitar chords; Alex still attempts to play that instrument, albeit feebly. Alex has been with The Scene since the summer of 2011, and still learns something new every step of the way. Upon graduation in December of 2012, Alex hopes to work as a producer/engineer in New York City.
Ryan Dillon is a Junior at Ball State University, majoring in Economics and Finance. As the crew’s Booking and Communications Coordinator, he researches, selects, and interacts with the program’s musical groups and featured venues. After high school, Ryan toured the US for four years in his band before returning to school. He brings years of experience in the music industry and an excitement for the local music scene. After graduating, he plans to work in investment banking.
Brian Eckstein was the Production Manager for Indiana Public Radio and Advisor/Managing Producer of The Scene. Brian passed away in late 2011, but he left a legacy of excellence and friendship to his colleagues on The Scene. Brian had twenty years of experience in broadcasting, audio production and music composition/digital editing. Originally from Yorktown, IN, Brian received his B.S. in Telecommunications with a minor in Music Theory from Ball State University. From 1998 to 1999, he served as Assistant Producer for “Rock & Roll America,” which gained international distribution by NPR. From 2004 to 2010 he co-hosted and produced a weekly podcast for GCN Ministries. In addition to his work at IPR, Brian was a singer, pianist, and composer at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Muncie.