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‘Music makes everybody happy’: Beacock Music Jazz Band keeps senior musicians busy and musically sharp

Older adults reap benefits of Beacock Music Jazz Band’s sounds on the ‘retirement circuit’

By , Columbian staff writer
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The Beacock Music Jazz Band brings the swing to Clearwater Springs Assisted Living one morning in November. Senior homes are &ldquo;a great circuit&rdquo; for senior musicians, said bandleader Gene Burton, on saxophone at front right.
The Beacock Music Jazz Band brings the swing to Clearwater Springs Assisted Living one morning in November. Senior homes are “a great circuit” for senior musicians, said bandleader Gene Burton, on saxophone at front right. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

If you thought that life in retirement was quiet, get a load of the huge, happy noise the Beacock Music Jazz Band pumps out.

At a pre-lunch concert one Friday last month, the authentic 18-piece big band was mostly gray and its audience even grayer. But the moment music began, years seemed to melt away and smiles erupted all over the dining hall at Clearwater Springs Assisted Living in West Hazel Dell.

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