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Rockford's Schreiner Leaves Legacy Of Music

Lee Schreiner collection

A longtime collector of rare sheet music has died. Lee Schreiner donated much of his collection to Northern Illinois University where it found new life.

Read Lee Schreiner's full obituary

In 2014, Schreiner of Rockford started donating his collection to his alma mater. Librarians at NIU created an online database for the World War I sheet music which is now in the public domain.

One of those pieces is called the 3rd Illinois Infantry March:

During an interview in 2017, Schreiner says every piece in his collection has a story.

“I think it’s really interesting to look at small town Illinois sheet music that was published in a small town that had something they wanted to say," Schreiner said.

Schreiner died January 2 afer a long battle with Lymphoma. He was 70.


Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.
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