‘A Note to Remember’ 2021 announces lineup of national and internationally acclaimed musicians

Nearly three dozen fabulous music performances from internationally and nationally acclaimed musicians, in addition to the budding talents of Sycamore students, will blow up the internet Saturday evening.

The Sycamore Music Boosters annual gala fundraiser, “A Note to Remember,” begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at http://www.anotetoremember.live/. It will last about two hours and will also be streamed on online at SpartanTV.org, the SpartanTV YouTube page, and the Music Boosters Facebook page.

The event is sponsored by Meijer, Brad Manning Ford, Sycamore Dentistree, Austin’s Violin Shop, Ideal Industries, Inc., Sycamore Antiques, Pizza Villa, Archer Alignment, Inc., Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, Floor to Ceiling, and Hillside Restaurant. The theme this year is “The Beat Goes On: Music Unites Us During COVID.”

The online program will feature performances from Sycamore students, faculty, alumni and Hall of Fame members. Testimonials, interviews and commentary from those who have benefitted from Sycamore music programs will also be part of the online evening.

The program also features a variety of styles. From Bach to (Irving) Berlin, Stevie Nicks to Franz Schubert, and Nat King Cole to Ennio Morricone, there’s something for everyone.

The cost for these performances?

That’s up to you.

Viewers can help Sycamore music programs with financial donations which can be made online securely or mailed to Sycamore Music Boosters | P.O. Box 432 | Sycamore, IL 60178.

“We’re just amazed by the number of performers who so generously volunteered their time and talent,” said Scott Mertens, Sycamore music department chair. “We have a great musical evening planned, and thanks to the wizardry of the school district’s communication staff and the dedication of our event committee, you’ll be able to enjoy the whole show from the comfort of your home.”

A Note to Remember, now in its 13th year, normally is an in-person gala with food, beverages, desserts, silent auction, raffles and musical performances. Due to health and safety concerns, the Sycamore Music Boosters board voted to move the event online this year.

Partial list of scheduled performances

Drayton Eggleson (with Brian Kowalski)

Greg Heintz

Jim Hendricks

Lori Grant/Sarah Grant

The Smelser Quarentette (Ann Montzka-Smelser with Linc Smelser, Genevieve Smelser and Noah Krauss)

Terri Crain-Goodman

Garth Anderson

Alex Selig and Jordan Smith

Rachel Hecht

Pete Benson

Kaitlin Jacobson

Mike Kasper

Jennifer McCabe

Hellen Weberpal

Bryan Carter

Amy Tonaki

Sycamore High School Choir

Sycamore Middle School Orchestra

Sycamore 8th Grade Choir

Sycamore 5th Grade Orchestra Club

Sycamore Jazz Strings

Sycamore Middle School Band

Alumni Performer biographies here

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