Nov 15, 2013 — Note: This conversation first aired February 21, 2005. We share it again upon news of the composer's death an age 85 this week.
You probably don't hear his music everyday, but Robert Washburn is a cherished resident of the North Country, and a household name among many musicians, band directors, teachers and composers. He's received numerous awards, and his music has been performed around the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the White House. In addition to his work as composer and teacher, Washburn is a specialist in the musics of Africa and Asia, and he and his wife, Beverly, have made a number of field trips to North Africa and the Middle East.
In 1980, Washburn was commissioned to write music for the opening ceremonies of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. He joined Todd Moe in the studio to talk about his life in music.