Ignite Gala 2014 in photos: our guests, our band, and Michael’s private synth collection

Enjoying a candlelit dinner on the lawn
Bob Moog Foundation Ignite Gala 2014 Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com

The Bob Moog Foundation journeyed to the West Coast last month, visiting with old friends and making new ones at our inaugural fundraiser: a candlelit dinner at Michael Boddicker’s residence in Encino followed by music from a knockout all-star house band we still can’t believe came together for our event (huge thanks to our musical director, synth maestro CJ Vanston, for making that happen!)

Here’s a special insider’s view of our Ignite Gala, which also included a silent auction of synths and gear, our Innovator’s Corner spotlighting new inventions in music technology, and gorgeous vintage synths from Michael Boddicker’s own private home collection, which were set up for attendees to play.

We should like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the stellar musicians of our magnificent house band (CJ Vanston, Steve Porcaro, Leland Sklar, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Joe Pusateri, Joseph Williams, Andy Giles, Tony Vallenziano, and Michael Gough), to our gracious hosts Michael and Edie Lehmann Boddicker, to the technicians of our Innovator’s Corner which featured Jambé electronic percussion instruments, Vo, LLC, and Center Point Studio) the outstanding manufacturers who generously donated instruments and gear to our silent auction, and especially to the musicians, industry professionals, and music technology enthusiasts who supported Bob’s legacy by sharing a magical evening in California with us.

We’d like to give a special shout out to our generous silent auction donors: Blue Microphones, Casio, Dave Smith Instruments, Guitar Center, JBL Professional, Line 6, Novation, PreSonus, SennheiserShure, Spectrasonics, Synthology, and Yamaha.

We now plan to expand Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool into the Los Angeles area… See you again soon, L.A. supporters!

We love L.A.!

The gear, the guests, and our magnificent house band:

 Photos of our Ignite Gala 2014

 All photos by Jon Moyer: jonmoyerphotography.com

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Michael Boddicker’s Micromoog, Polymoog, and Polypedal Controller 285a Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Sound designer Diego Stocco explores the Moog modular as his Spectrasonics colleagues Tolga Gurpinar and Ignacio Longo look on Photo by Jon Moyer: jonmoyerphotography.com
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A guest explores the sonic landscape of the Moog modular Photo by Jon Moyer: jonmoyerphotography.com
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Polymoog/Micromoog close-up Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Polymoog preset panel and envelope generator Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Michael’s Moog modular and Big Briar theremin, signed by Bob Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Moog Minimoog, Bode Vocoder, Moog String Filter, custom Multiple Resonance Filter Array-24 Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Michael’s Moog modular, up close Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Keith Emerson’s longtime partner Mari Kawaguchi, Michelle Moog-Koussa, and Kae Matsumoto Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Michelle Moog-Koussa with programmer/keyboard tech Lamar Mitchell Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Michelle Moog-Koussa gets a warm greeting from Yamaha’s Athan Billias Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Bill Sautter, Michelle Moog-Koussa, Daniel Keller and Dominic Milano Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Lamar Mitchell explores the Polymoog, with Alex Wurman (Hans Wurman’s son) in the backgroundPhoto: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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CJ Vanston, musical director for the Ignite Gala house band, and Michelle Moog-Koussa Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Synth legends: Steve Porcaro (Toto), Eric Persing (Spectrasonics) and Michael Boddicker Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Michelle Moog-Koussa with Bob Margouleff (TONTO, Stevie Wonder) Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Enjoying a candlelit dinner on the back lawn Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Special plate on Michael’s custom modular Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Michael shows Steve Porcaro his unique system Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Steve Porcaro tweaks the knobs as CJ Vanston looks on Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Tony Vallenziano playing his heart out Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Bass legend Leland Sklar Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Vocalist Joseph Williams Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Steve Porcaro rocking the keys Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Killer harmonies: Joseph Williams, Rob Giles, Tony Vallenziano Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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CJ Vanston on the keys Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Steve Porcaro, having fun Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Michael Gough on the theremin, also having fun Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Ignite Gala 2014 House Band Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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The Ignite Gala band: John Williams, Joe Pusateri, Steve Porcaro, CJ Vanston, Jeff Baxter, Tony Vallenziano, Leland Sklar Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Team Spectrasonics with Michelle Moog-Koussa Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com
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Gracious hosts: Michael and Edie Lehmann Boddicker Photo: Jon Moyer jonmoyerphotography.com

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