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Musical memories

He did not do it for the money and he did not do it for the fame, but former Shaker High School Band Director Enzo Cimino did produce hundreds of CDs.

The story began in the classroom specifically, the band room where Mr. Cimino, for nearly 20 years, would instruct hundreds of students year after year on scales and songs, show tunes and classics and everything in between.

"He was a lot of fun, even though he expected a lot," said Karen Empie, of Delmar, a former student of Cimino's. "He made you work, but we had a great time doing it. He would definitely always encourage you to do your best."

Another of Cimino's former students, Bill Duel, of Latham, said, "I would say that nine out of 10 of the students would say that [band] was the highlight of their high school careers."

Week after week, Cimino would push his students to practice and work at their talent until all their hard work and out-of-school hours culminated in a common demonstration for all musicians: the concert.

It was not enough that Cimino was at the concerts. He wanted to record them so that he and his students could listen to them later.

"We had a lot of live concerts that were recorded by parents," said Cimino, "So now, I had all these old tapes, and they weren't done professionally."

Years after Cimino retired from teaching concert and stage band, he wanted to do something for his students, a way to give back to them for being so responsive and cooperative, and producing quality music over the years.

So, he decided to make a digitally remastered CD of a collection of songs " 14 concert band and 13 stage band " performed by his students, when he was directing them.

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