HUNTINGTON BEACH...Volunteers and care providers were treated to a Christmas lunch and music preformed by the Forever Young Band and concert pianist Danny Barrios at the Rodgers Senior Center on Thursday, December 17, 2015.
Members of the Forever Young Band and Senior Volunteers from Rodgers Senior Center
The Forever Young Band is composed of members who are 80-years-old and up. One of its older members, Sid Hallburn, 92, gave the audience a sample of his tap dancing as did Polly Sloan. Hallburn is pictured in the above photo in the first row in the red jacket with Polly Sloan next to him.
Father Christian and Frank sing Wonder World
The band's first selection was Old Bones was introduced by Master of Ceremonies Craig MacDonald.
Sloan, 90, tapped to Tea for Two, accompanied by musicians Jim, Tom, Glen and Maggie.
Frank in military uniform remembers being in Viet Nam one Christmas when his mom sent him a 3-foot tree in the mail and the soldiers decorated it for Christmas. On Christmas they each had a hot meal when outside it was cold and rainy. The next night Frank was station on sniper duty in the rain and thought about his family back on Christmas, as many soldiers did during the Viet Nam war.
Polly Sloan and Sid Hallburn, the Forever Young Band and friends
Wonderful World sung by vocalists Father Christian Mondor and Frank. View the band on YouTube
The whole band along with the audience sang, or hummed to the Christmas song Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Watch as the band plays Santa Claus is coming to Town
Concert Pianist Danny Barrios
The band concluded the first part with the audience singing Silent Night. The second part of the luncheon featured selections played by concert pianist Danny Barrios.
Sid Hallburn on the drum at the Family Day at the Art Center
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