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Potsdam composer Robert Washburn. Photo: SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam composer Robert Washburn. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

Remembering composer Bob Washburn and music for the Lake Placid Olympics

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You probably don't hear his music everyday, but Bob Washburn was a cherished resident of the North Country, and a household name among many musicians, band directors teachers and composers.

Washburn, who died last week at 85 in Ogdensburg, received numerous awards, and his music was performed around the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and at the White House for the President and Mrs. Kennedy.

Washburn was a former Dean and a Professor Emeritus at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. In 1980, he was commissioned to write music for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.

As a remembrance, we share some of Bob Washburn's memories of being a student at Crane in the 1940s and writing music for the Olympics. He told Todd Moe that Olympics officials decided to tap a team of local composers at SUNY Potsdam to write new music for the games.

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