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Rich Holly receives grant from DeKalb County Community Foundation

Dean Rich Holly receives the grant check from Latricia Dawkins, board member of the DeKalb County Community Foundation.
Rich Holly, dean of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts, has received a $2,500 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation for the second consecutive year. The funds from the grant will help in the partnership created with Arts Midwest to bring the Arts Midwest World Fest to DeKalb County during the upcoming school year. Working with…

NIU remembers longtime band director Gordon Bird

Gordon Bird
Gordon Bird, professor of music and director of bands at NIU from 1960 until his retirement in 1983, died June 16 at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center. He was 99. Bird held a bachelor’s degree from Drake University, a master of music degree from Northwestern University and a doctorate of education from Columbia University Teachers…

NIU band director’s first CD released

Thomas Bough
Summit Records has released the first-ever compact disc by Northern Illinois University’s band director, titled “Concertos for Brass: The Music of Thomas Bough.” The CD includes three original concerti for solo brass and wind bands in addition to two arrangements by Bough. The concertos are performed by Bough and the NIU Wind Symphony in addition to…

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