Bruce Hornsby and 10 Other Famous University of Miami's Frost School of Music Alumni

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7. Will Lee 

One of the most in-demand session musicians on the New York City scene, Lee holds down a full time gig as bassist for David Letterman's CBS Orchestra. Among those musicians he's recorded or toured with are Bette Midler, Mariah Carey, B.B. King, Cat Stevens, and Gloria Estefan. In the last few years, he's stepped into the spotlight with his Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux.

6. Steve Morse 

Best known as the founder of the rock/fusion outfit the Dixie Dregs, Morse also took over Richie Blackmore's role as Deep Purple's lead guitarist for in 1994. He also enjoyed a brief stint in the band Kansas in the mid '80s, but has mostly made his mark via a thriving solo career. 

While at the UM, Morse participated in a lab project known as Rock Ensemble II. The group performed Morse's compositions, which helped bring him credibility as a composer. The group's recordings were compiled for promotional purposes in 1975 and eventually released commercially under the banner of The Great Spectacular in 1997.

5. Jaco Pastorious 

The ill-fated bassist, generally considered one of the greatest masters of his instrument had a short but prolific career, as both a member of the jazz/fusion supergroup Weather Report and as the leader of his own outfit. He taught at the Frost School of Music in 1973, but sadly his life ended way too soon. He died after a fatal scuffle outside a Fort Lauderdale bar on September 11, 1987.

4. Patti Scialfa 

Although known to most as Mrs. Bruce Springsteen, Scialfa is a successful singer/songwriter in her own right, as well as the first woman to join the all-boys club, better known as the E Street Band, in 1984. She's also worked with the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards individually, and New York Dolls singer David Johansen. Scialfa boasts a Music Degree from New York University, earned after she graduated from the Frost School of Music.

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