The 8th Annual Sycamore Music Boosters “A Note to Remember” event recently held at Blumen Gardens was a huge success. Guests attended a sold-out 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 Pete Benson Trio. Pete Benson, a Sycamore High School alumnus, treated attendees with his virtuoso piano skills and musicianship. His ensemble complete with bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer George Fludas filled Blumen Gardens for a solid hour of 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. Mr. Myers Trio closed out the night with Todd Donnelly on the Steel Pan; even his 8th grade son Dylan, joined in on a few songs on the steel pan with his dad, and guests enjoyed dancing to the fun Caribbean-style tunes. The 2016 Sycamore High School Music Hall of Fame inductees were also introduced during the “A Note to Remember” event. The class of 2016 includes Bob Abel, Dan Andree, Jim Hendricks, and Marilyn Montzka. The official induction ceremony was held earlier that afternoon at 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. Each year the event grows in popularity with another 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.” Kris Selig, “A Note to Remember” Chair, was pleased at the success of the annual event and noted, “Thank you to our community of parents and families, teachers, and staff that volunteered their time and helped in any way for this fundraiser, and it’s all to benefit the music students in the Sycamore School District!” 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 Kohl’s, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, Prairie View Animal Hospital, Ideal Industries, Inc., PianoForte and David Graham, Dr. Todd Anderson-Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgeons for Northern Illinois, NB & T, KishHealth Systems, Casey’s General Store, Turner Law Office, Austin’s Violin Shop, Law office of Riley Oncken, Bryan and Julie Kruskol, and American Midwest Bank. We also extend our gratitude to the following in-kind donations from Shaw Media – Daily Chronicle and Midweek, Jamrah Middle Eastern Cuisine, Nat’s on Maple, Shawn’s Coffee Shop, Taxco of Sycamore, Gia DaVini of Chocolate Shivers, Graham Piano Tuning, Hy-Vee, Kuiper’s Family Farm, New Values Magazine, St. Mary’s Parish, Victoria Shipman of Essentials, and Trittenhaus Design. For more information about the Sycamore Music Boosters, please visit http://www.sycamoremusicboosters.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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