Al Brogdon

Al Brogdon photographed playing the cornet at a Frost Free Library summer concert in Marlborough, while performing with his bandmates of the 20th Century Pops. 

At 85 years young, Al Brogdon’s love of music has spanned the decades, hitting a lifetime of high notes along the way. Brogdon is a 2021 Ewing Arts Award Performance Art honoree, recognized this year for his longevity and proficiency as a musician.

Music must have been in his blood. His father was a musician and a music educator who taught him to play the cornet in 1943, when he was only 7. By age 10, he was booking his first paying gig.

Al Brogdon is a recipient of the Performing Arts award. Video by Hannah Schroeder / Sentinel Staff

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