Beacocks artistry attitude resound

first_imgDid you know?Dale Beacock was among the first 126 members named to the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 1998, along with Vancouver colleagues Jack Francis and Adair Hilligoss.Dale Beacock’s roles as musician, educator and businessman were celebrated Friday at Clark College by an overflow crowd of family, friends and former students.His dad always loved a packed house, Russ Beacock said. And with people lined up along the walls of Gaiser Hall and clustered in open doorways, “He’d look around and say, ‘Standing-room only: Cool!’”Even though the 81-year-old Beacock died Aug. 4 in a bicycling accident, his voice helped open the memorial service at Clark College.As the closing notes of “Stars and Stripes Forever” faded, video screens in Gaiser Hall showed a 2008 oral history in which Beacock discussed facets of his career. It included a total of seven years in U.S. Army and Navy bands, when he played alongside musicians from big-name bands of the day.“You practiced every day — or you shipped out,” he recalled. “And it happened fast. I was motivated to practice.”After leaving the service, Beacock taught in local schools. In his first year in 1956, Beacock said, he was able to negotiate his $3,700 contract up to $3,850. That’s for a year, he noted. He spent 15 years as band director at Clark College before retiring to focus on the family business.last_img read more