Jack Beovich, ‘‘much loved’’ trumpet and trombone player in Mitchell Shire Concert Band turned 90 on Monday.
The band celebrated Jack’s big birthday on Thursday.
Mr Beovich said the band was like a second family to him.
MSCB secretary Pam Collings said Mr Beovich had been playing music for the last 82 years, and planned to keep doing it.
‘‘Jack began playing cornet in a brass band in suburban Melbourne at the age of eight,’’ she said.
‘‘Although he played in brass bands for many years, his love of playing jazz on his trumpet soon gave him the opportunity to join in the dance band scene at night while he taught during the day.’’
Mrs Collings said Mr Beovich came to the MSCB in his 60s, but was a little reluctant to get involved at first.
‘‘Jack met his second wife, Aileen, at the band rehearsals and they had many years together, sharing their love of music,’’ she said.
‘‘In 2013 Jack was awarded lifetime membership of the band for his great contributions over the years. He has been a big help to long-time learner group leader Sandy Sexton, and some of the brass players in the band had their first lessons from him. The dance band, Mercury, was Jack’s sub-group in the MSCB. Many younger members of the band have Jack to thank for their love of jazz.
‘‘Jack is a dignified man, and very private, but his sense of humour and his desire to ‘play it right’ have made him a much loved and respected member of the band. We look forward to him blowing out the candles on his cake in another 10 years’ time - although we might reduce the number of them on the cake!’’
For information on the Mitchell Shire Concert Band or their learner group, contact Pam on 0420 200 278 or www.mitchellshireconcertband.org.au