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Band to perform commissioned piece

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:52 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:53 p.m. CST

The Sycamore High School Band will perform its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sycamore High School Auditorium.

Both the Concert Band and Symphonic Band will perform various pieces with water-based themes.

The Symphonic Band also will perform the new composition “Deep, Like the Rivers,” composed by Robert Bradshaw. This piece was commissioned by Bill Gilmer’s family in honor of his upcoming retirement as band director after teaching the past 28 years at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.

Ken Goodman, SHS band director, is a Willowbrook alumnus and a former student of Gilmer’s.

Bradshaw recently visited SHS and worked with musicians from the Symphonic Band. He listened to the band perform, offered suggestions, explained the background and history of this piece, and answered questions from students.

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