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Sycamore High School will be presenting their annual Jazz Night on Monday, April 29 in their High School Auditorium starting at 7:30 pm. The High School Jazz Choir will perform various songs under direction of Drayton Eggleson. The High School Jazz Ensemble will be performing various tunes such as “Isfahan”, “Spain”, ”Jack the Bear”, and more. Music Department Chair and Jazz Ensemble Director, Scott Mertens, comments, “The Jazz Ensemble will also be performing with NIU Faculty saxophonist, Rich Moore. We are very excited to welcome him and work with him for this performance.”

Rich Moore is an active and in-demand freelance saxophone player and educator.As a performer, Rich has been on stage and recorded with many of Chicago’s finest musicians in notable venues.  Versatility and adaptability have given him the tools necessary to make music in a variety of genres.  While his main focus is Jazz, his passion branches into Classical, Latin, Funk, Rock, Pop, Caribbean and R&B.

As an educator, Rich has given guidance to many successful young musicians.  His students have earned top rankings at state high school competitions and festivals, won top chairs in college ensembles and have achieved success as professionals.   His considerable teaching experience includes private lessons in saxophone, clarinet and flute, saxophone master classes, improvisation master classes, jazz ensemble clinics, guest artist appearances, and ensemble coaching.  In addition to teaching saxophone at Northern Illinois University, Rich is instructor of clarinet at Moraine Valley Community College, and has private lesson studios in a couple of acclaimed suburban school districts.

Additionally, the Music Department will be unveiling the newly purchased grand piano this evening! A Shiguru Kawai SK-7 was recently purchased with assistance from a generous grant from the National Bank & Trust Company and fundraising efforts from the Sycamore Music Boosters.  It will be a treat to hear music performed this night at the premier unveiling of this newly acquired grand piano!

The public is invited to this free concert on April 29 at 7:30 pm in the Sycamore High School Auditorium. For more information about the National Bank & Trust Company, please visit their Web site at: The Sycamore Music Boosters is a volunteer organization comprised of families and friends of students enrolled in music education classes in Sycamore Schools.  For more information about the Sycamore Music Boosters, please visit: or follow them on Facebook.

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