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University of Minnesota band director Jerry Luckhardt, foreground, talks to Rosemount High School students about directing the piece his band debuted Wednesday night. RHS joined the U of M and other schools -- including Ohio State, Yale and the University of British Columbia -- in commissioning a piece by Washington-based composer Alex Shapiro, standing, who joined Luckhardt Tuesday at RHS.

Rosemount HIgh School band is in elite company with new composition.

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On Wednesday night a crowd at the University of Minnesota heard the world premier of a piece by a prominent American composer. There were members of the Rosemount High School band at that show, but for them the music was nothing new. They've been playing it for months.

The piece by composer Alex Shapiro was commissioned by the University of Minnesota and a number of other schools. It's a prestigious list that includes Yale, Ohio State and RHS.

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