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CWU director of bands retires

After 34 years with the Central Washington University Music Department, Larry Gookin is leaving a program at the top of its game.

CWU holds the pre-eminent role in preparing music teachers in this state and region. Its student musicians have received national recognition. One could assume that Gookin, who ended his 34-year tenure as the CWU’s director of bands in June, had been consumed with a drive to teach at the university level.

“Not really,” Gookin said. “I was perfectly content to teach high school band in Oregon.”

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