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Stan the Man celebrates 100th birthday


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Serenaded by family, friends and fellow musicians, former band leader and proud Hudsonite Stan Martin Sepchuk turned 100 years young last week in fine fettle with a big birthday bash at Hudson Legion Branch #115 where he is the oldest member and is affectionately known as 'Stan the Man.'

Back in the 1950s and 60s, his band at the time - Stan Martin and his Dixie Rascals and with Stan on trumpet and trombone - played in all the big night clubs in Montreal backing artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, and Louis Armstrong.

Asked if he still played the trumpet or trombone today? Sepchuk laughed, “Hey, I'm just glad to be breathing!” On a more serious note, he told Your Local Journal, “Music, particularly jazz, has been my life. It has no language other than its own and can be enjoyed by people of every faith and nationality. And if you were to ask me whether I would recommend it to young people, I would tell them to take it up at an early age. Join a school band. Or create your own as I did. You don't have to be the best. You just have to love playing. Everyone likes music and, depending on how good you are, you will always be able to put bread on the table.”

See more photos of Stan's party on our Facebook page.

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