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Sycamore High School unveils new grand piano

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

After five years of fundraising and with the help of a donation from NB&T, the Sycamore Music Boosters purchased a grand piano for Sycamore High School.

Music boosters president Ken Olson unveiled the Shigeru Kawai grand piano at Sycamore High School’s Jazz Night.

Olson recognized Lori Grant and the committee members of the annual A Note to Remember event for their fundraising efforts to contribute to the piano fund. He also thanked NB&T President and CEO Mike Cullen and VP and Marketing Director Tami Armstrong.

According to PianoForteChicago.com, Shigeru Kawai grand pianos are the personal legacy of Shigeru Kawai who, prior to his passing in 2006, devoted his entire life’s work to the art of the piano. The instruments that bear his name are characterized as the premier pianos of Japan.

“Every Shigeru piano is custom-built and handcrafted by the most skilled piano artisans, with just over 200 pianos being built each year,” David Graham said in a news release. “Upon delivery, each piano includes a biography of the skilled craftsman that mainly was involved in building the piano.”

Midway through the evening Scott Mertens, Sycamore School District Music Department chairman and director of the SHS Jazz Ensemble, and Rich Moore of the Northern Illinois University School of Music treated the audience to an impromptu piano/saxophone duet of “Night and Day.”

“I had a wonderful time performing with Sycamore High School. The band was full of enthusiasm and gave a wonderful performance. A highlight was having the opportunity to perform a duo with Mr. Mertens,” Moore said in the release.

“In addition to being a great educator, he was able to show the students and audience his impressive abilities as a performer. Additionally, he was able to demonstrate to the community how beautifully the new grand piano can be played. The school is fortunate to have such a nice instrument and director.”

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