Sun City West musician Dan Reed has been sharing the love of music with the community in which he resides, as well as surrounding communities, such as Sun City.
El Durado of Sun City Director of Activities Linda Alvestad reached out to Mr. Reed after reading about his performance in Sun City at Wooddale Village for residence and wanted the residents of the El Dorado facility to enjoy the music as well.
“The residents here are my second family and I go out of my way to make them happy,” she explained. “And having entertainment and things during this time to keep helps keep them busy.”
The facility celebrated the Fourth of July with the Dan Reed Trio, including trumpet player Abigail Wallace of Gilbert, who is a two-year student of Mr. Reed’s, and Elliot Ventimiglia of Phoenix. The group played outside of five different venues, starting lakeside and ending at the front porch for entertainment.
Songs included “Reveille,” the national anthem, “My County Tis of Thee,” “America the Beautiful” and “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag.”
“Everybody can relate to music and music touches a deeper spot in the heart and this music brings back memories in many different ways and touches people in a good way,” Mr. Reed said when asked why it’s important to play for the community. “Music always brings joy to people, that’s for sure.”
Winners of the photo contest were also selected by the El Dorado Art Gallery Committee and announced during the event. Pat Olrogg won a photo picked as the artist’s favorite and Jeri Jurisson won residents’ favorite photo. The artistic photographer is El Dorado resident Chuck Krejcsi.
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