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Music teacher to be remembered
A MEMORIAL concert is being held to celebrate the life of a popular music teacher.
The Melvin Beddow Big Band will perform in honour of Mr Beddow on Saturday, October 12, at 8pm at the King John School in Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley.
Mr Beddow died earlier this year.
During his life he was a successful music teacher and was an inspiration to countless budding musicians, many of whom have gone on to professional careers in music.
Since the Sixties Mr Beddow directed a number of popular bands.
After his retirement the 20-piece Melvin Beddow Big Band was formed in Rayleigh in 1991 with the aim of continuing his great work.
Steve Robinson, musical director of the band, said: “We are trying to have a musical tribute to Melvin, what he stood for and achieved through the band. The concert will honour of Melvin's tireless dedication to the learning and playing of music, and be performed by the big band he created. The concert will showcase authentic big band music.”
Proceeds from the concert will go to the Benslow charity, an instrument loan scheme supported by Mr Beddow and his family.
Mr Robinson said the band would be playing old favourites from the past and more recent songs.
The programme will include numbers made famous by swing bands such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Ted Heath.
The group is also inviting any former students, who might want to perform with the band to get in touch. Tickets for the concert are £10 in advance.
For information or to contact the group call 08452 242861.
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