I’ll never forget my first time at the Susanville Symphony. I had no idea we had so many talented musicians in our community but clearly I was just about the only one that didn’t know! It was held in the Methodist Church, we all sat surrounded by the lovely stained glass. The music hooked me right away but it was even more than that, there was humor and stories and LoCaL folks filling every pew. Part of the humor is just fun camaraderie and a big part of that seems to emanate from the percussion section.
In that percussion section you’ll find Dick Bendix, sometimes in a hat reflective of the piece being played. Sometimes it’s even a gladiator helmet? You just never know. This uber talented timpani player is also a retired Brigadier General who spent the last 8 years of his career at the Pentagon. I was lucky enough to get to know him a little bit better recently when I was invited to his 90th birthday party! 90! You would never guess this. He attributes it to “good genes and living right”. Prior to his party most of my contact was on behalf of the Symphony, which he tirelessly devotes his time to. He is loved and respected (rightfully so) by so many.
Brigadier General Bendix also LOVES to dance. He can Rumba, Samba, Waltz, ChaCha, and Jitterbug..as a matter of fact, years ago he and his wife went on a cruise to Bermuda and were asked to teach the dance class! Maybe the Susanville Symphony can have a demonstration of his skills one day.
HaPpy Birthday General! Seems someone else has a birthday soon too~
Merry Christmas everyone!