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Dwight Beckham, Sr.

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Dwight Beckham, Sr.


Dwight Beckham, Sr. (25 April 1931, Lamont, Okla. – 24 August 2018, Hesston, Kan.) was an American trumpeter, educator and composer.

Mr. Beckham studied at Wichita State University, earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music Education degree. Among his composition teachers were Homer Keller, Harold Moyer, Joshua Missal, and Robert Marek.

Beckham spent 11 years as band director at Valley Center, 19 years as band director at Newton, two years as trumpet instructor at Wichita State University and 10 years as adjunct trumpet instructor at Bethel College. He enjoyed a 64-year professional career as a trumpet player, playing trumpet in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, the 97th Army Band for two years, the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra for a period that spanned more than 40 years, and the Wichita Wind Ensemble Professional Band. He was also quick to volunteer to play "Taps" at military committal services to honor veterans. He was inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame in 1996.

Mr. Beckham received commissions and written a number of other pieces for concert band, orchestra, and chamber ensembles.

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