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"I've made a couple hundred, but I've given out about 65 already," he said.

Cimino said he decided to make the CDs after several requests from former students for recordings of their music.

"I've been in contact with so many kids, and the kids have asked me were there any old tapes," said Cimino, "I said there were but to make a CD is such a monumental task, but I didn't want to disappoint them so I decided, 'Gee, that would be a great idea.'"

While Cimino had kept in contact with many of his former students, finding the others was not as simple as he had thought it would be.

"I thought I could just walk into the high school's main office and just look at the records and get a list of my former students' phone numbers," said Cimino. "But I guess it's just not meant to be."

The school doesn't keep the current addresses of former students.

Cimino said he has successfully been able to link up with a couple of people, but that the number of individuals is "not as much" as he had hoped for.

When asked if he would consider using a social networking Web site on the Internet to find more of his classmates, Cimino said he does not trust that the people who say they are his former students actually are who they say.

"You don't even know who's responding [to your messages]," said Cimino. "That's the problem with that."

Another problem Cimino has run into are students who have moved far away from Shaker High School.

"A lot of kids have moved out of state too and it's just so hard to get in touch with them," he said.

So instead of turning to the Internet or other electronic resources, Cimino is pooling the resources he already has, students who have received the CDs, to reach out to everyone who was in either the stage or concert band and had Mr. Cimino as their instructor throughout the 1960s and '70s.

"Everybody that finds out about it " go to your network and tell your friends," said Duel, who added that listening to the CD brought back fond memories.

Cimino said that the free CDs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and that supplies are limited.

If you are a former student of Mr. Cimino's and would like to receive a CD, e-mail him at SHSnamdCD@verizon.net.""

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