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Baritone Saxophone Donated in Kuby's Memory
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MAILED: April 2, 1998


EAU CLAIRE -- Music students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will have a new baritone saxophone to use, thanks to a former university employee.
Shortly before his 1994 death, Richard Kuby donated money to the music and theatre arts department at UW-Eau Claire for the purchase of a baritone saxophone. Having worked as an administrative assistant in the department for 22 years, Kuby was aware of the department's need for new instruments - and the baritone saxophone in particular, said Richard Fletcher, professor of music.
The instrument was purchased recently and will be dedicated in Kuby's memory during the Jazz I Ensemble concert May 7.
During his years at the university, Kuby managed the department's budget, supervised student workers and the Usher Corps, issued instruments, and was an integral part of the department, Fletcher said.
"He worked closely with faculty and the students," Fletcher said of Kuby. "And he served as a good role model for the students."
Trained as a musician, Kuby maintained his performance skills by singing in the choir of the First Congregational Church in Eau Claire and The Master Singers, Fletcher said.
Because of his position in the music department, Kuby understood the department's concerns about maintaining its quality with an ever-shrinking budget, Fletcher said, noting that funds were no longer easy to obtain to replace, repair or add instruments as needed.
"The department is very happy with the new saxophone and appreciates Dick's generosity," Fletcher said. "Prior to this purchase, our newest baritone saxophone was 30 years old. The new Kuby baritone sax is already in use in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble I."

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Janice B. Wisner
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Updated: April 2, 1998