Karl Montzka Trio
The 10th Annual Sycamore Music Boosters “A Note to Remember” event recently held at Blumen Gardens was a huge success. Guests attended an elegant evening of jazz and classical music including delicious hors d’oeuvres and dessert buffet, and numerous raffle baskets and silent auction items. The featured musical guests were the Karl Montzka Trio. Karl Montzka, a Sycamore High School alumni and a 2015 SHS Music Hall of Fame member, treated attendees with his piano musicianship. His ensemble included his brother, Eric Montkza – also a Sycamore High School alumni and 2015 Music Hall of Fame member, on drum set and bassist Larry Kohut filled Blumen Gardens for a solid hour with the smooth sounds of jazz. The Sycamore High School String Ensemble offered elegant chamber music at the beginning of the event, the Sycamore High School Jazz Choir gave their first performance of the season, and the Sycamore High School Jazz Ensemble performed a variety of great tunes that evening. Jazz In Progress closed out the night as guests enjoyed dancing and listening to their fun big band music.
SHS Jazz Ensemble
The 2018 Sycamore High School Music Hall of Fame inductees were also introduced during the “A Note to Remember” event. The class of 2018 includes Christine (Wild) Monteiro and Jerry Taylor. The official induction ceremony was held earlier that afternoon in the Sycamore High School Auditorium. Be sure to stop by the new Music Hall of Fame display case across the entrance into the High School Auditorium.
Jazz In Progress
Each year the event grows in popularity with another almost sold-out event this year. “A Note to Remember” raises support for the Sycamore District Music Programs and is sponsored by the Sycamore Music Boosters. The Boosters program strives to support every student enrolled in any music program in the district from Kindergarten through post-graduation. Their mission statement is to “Enrich the quality of music education, performance, and awareness in the Sycamore Schools and community.”
It is with deep gratitude that the Sycamore Music Boosters thank all sponsors and donors that helped support this event and made it so successful. This event’s sponsors include Ideal Industries, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, Prairie View Animal Hospital, Kohl’s, Austin’s Violin Shop, Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgeons for Northern Illinois-Dr. Todd Anderson and Dr. David Junck, State Farm Insurance – Jeff Keicher, Music Connection, First Midwest Bank, Dr. Bryan and Julie Kruskol, Illini Security Systems, and Hillside Restaurant. We also extend our gratitude to the following in-kind donations from Shaw Media – Daily Chronicle and Midweek, MorningStar Media Group and InVironments Magazine, LePrint Express and New Values Magazine, Jamrah Middle Eastern Cuisine, Shawn’s Coffee Shop, Taxco of Sycamore, St. Mary’s Parish in Sycamore, Victoria Shipman of Essentials, and Trittenhaus Design.