96-year-old retired Army General Dick Bendix celebrates Veterans Day in Susanville playing in a concert in his honor

“Dick asked me if I would play a concert in his honor when he passed away,” said Ben Wade, the maestro and artistic director of the Susanville Symphony Society. “I thought we could do one better, and honor him while he is still alive and include him as an integral part of our band.”

Dick Bendix addresses the crowd at his 90th birthday celebration at the Susanville Elks Lodge. File photos

According to Wade, 96-year-old retired 3-Star Army General Dick Bendix will play his final concert with the Susanville Swing Band this year on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, following the Veterans Day Parade and lunch at 2:30 p.m. The concert is free to all veterans in honor of the service to our country by Bendix and all other veterans.

Here’s a collection of photos on display during Bendix’s birthday party.

“Dick has sat behind the kit since the Swing Band started in October 2006, and it appears he may be the oldest living drummer performing with a big band or jazz band anywhere in the entire world,” said Wade.

And a birthday greeting from President

But this concert is something different, according to Wade. Typically, the maestro selects music, but this time Wade allowed Bendix to pick the entire concert from start to finish.

It’s a birthday cake!

“The concert will feature all of Dick’s favorite music from the big band era,” Wade said.

Songs include “Girl From Ipanema,” “Take The A Train,” “It Had To Be You”, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” and many more.

More family photos.

Tickets are on sale at Margies Book Nook and the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce.