Xavier Magazine

The Good Books

After some Chopin, a little Debussy and a bit of Beethoven, music education major Tracey Book lightened the mood for the finale of her senior piano recital last fall with a rendition of Errol Garner’s jazz tune “Misty.” Joining her on saxophone was grandfather Robert Book—a 1955 graduate who once played in Xavier’s marching band. “He had me listen to old recordings of the piece so that I would loosen up and stop playing the piece so classically,” Tracey says. Although the duo only rehearsed together twice, as the elder Book lives in Rochester Hills, Mich., they gave a smooth performance. “I was honored to have my grandfather play in my senior recital,” Tracey says. “It was a very meaningful event for him and me and my entire family.”

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