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Tribute to honor longtime Eastman faculty member

Longtime Eastman School of Music faculty member Frederick Sturm is slated to be honored in a tribute concert organized by two local high school band directors.

Sturm, an Eastman alumnus who served on the faculty from 1991 to 2002, headed the school’s Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department, directed the Jazz Ensemble and the Studio Orchestra. He died in August 2014 following a long battle with cancer.

“Maestro: A Musical Tribute to Fred Sturm” is scheduled to take place Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School.

“Fred was and continues to be an enormous force in the world of jazz ensemble repertoire,” said Bill Tiberio, Fairport High School band director and tribute co-creator. “All of the students, colleagues, and educators in the Rochester area who were touched by his writing, teaching and extraordinary personality were profoundly impacted by his death.”

Mark Borden, the band director at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, the co-creator.

The concert is being held at the school where his two children graduated. His son, Ike Sturm, a bass player, composer and educator now living in New York City, will join in the musical tribute to his father.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted to benefit the American Cancer Society.

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