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BLOOMINGTON Band director Spencer Gore is ready to take his final bow after almost a quarter-century of teaching in Bloomington schools.

A reception in his honor is planned from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the band room at Bloomington Junior High.

"He has been an integral part in developing the success of the District 87 band program over the past 25 years,–along with his wife, Ann Gore, who retired at the end of last school year," said Patricia Warren, who with Gore and Mike Wallace oversee the band program at Bloomington Junior High School.

Gore has taught at every school in the district — six elementary schools, a junior high and high school — during his 25-year career in Bloomington, Warren said.

"Mr. Gore develops a very professional musical atmosphere, paying great attention to detail, and challenges each student to develop their musical talents to their fullest," she said.

Gore's replacement is expected to be named at the District 87 school board meeting Wednesday.

"We have a good music program, which is the result of a lot of hard work on the part of students," said Gore, who teaches students in fifth to eighth grades. "At any event in mid-Central Illinois, our students can hold their heads up."

One of his career highlights was early in his teaching career when noted composer James Swearingen wrote "Northpointe Fantasy" for Bloomington schools. "It got our name all over the United States," Gore said.

Gore, 58, said students have less time to devote to their music than they used to. Some sports or activities are seasonal, he said, but music is a year-round commitment.

"A lot of students can't dedicate the time," he said.

Not seeing students daily will be one of the hardest parts of his retirement. He will miss that rapport, and appreciated all the involvement and interest from parents over the years, he said.

As for the future, "my wife wants to travel," said Gore, who also hopes to devote time to photography and drag racing the 1967 Dodge Dart he enjoys working on.

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