Program Details

The Class of 1941

Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers
Video Catch-up

Course Description

The year 1941 was a banner year for music stars, with those celebrating an 80th birthday in 2021 including Little Anthony (of the Imperials), Joan Baez, Neil Diamond, Aaron Neville, Sergio Mendes, Brian Holland & Lamont Dozier (Motown writers Lamont-Dozier-Holland), Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mike Pender (lead singer The Searchers), Mike Love (The Beach Boys), Graham Edge & Mike Pinder (The Moody Blues), Ann-Margaret, Eric Burdon (The Animals), Bob Dylan, Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones), Shirley Owens (The Shirelles), Martha Reeves (Martha & The Vandellas), George Clinton (Parliament Funkadelic), Darlene Love, David Crosby (The Byrds, CSNY), Jackie DeShannon, Chubby Checker, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Otis Williams (The Temptations), Jesse Colin Young (The Youngbloods), Pete Best (The Beatles’ original drummer), and Bobby Elliott (The Hollies). Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel celebration of the lifetime of music the class of 1941 has given us, as told in their songs.

About the Instructor

  • Rod MacDonald, guitarist inspired by many musicians, became one of Greenwich Village’s top singer-songwriters during the 1980s and today performs throughout North America and Europe. In South Florida, he has been named “Best Local Acoustic Artist” by New Times and one of the "Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post, who named his 2014 CD, Later That Night, "Best Local CD of 2014.” He has been a Music Americana instructor at FAU since 2006. Bill Meredith, drummer, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada and appears on more than a dozen CDs. Brad Keller, keyboardist, has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and with Maynard Ferguson and the Ink Spots, is the jazz piano instructor at Palm Beach State College, and has taught music in Palm Beach County public schools for twenty years. He is also the co-author of the Jazz Cats books used internationally to introduce young students to jazz. Doug Lindsey, bass and vocalist, has been playing in South Florida bands for 30 years. Mario LaCasse, guitar, has played rock, roots and jazz in such stellar Palm Beach County bands as Misbehavin, Flight, the Mario LaCasse band, Lowdown 13, the NattyBos, Groove Merchant, Copland Davis and Big Brass Bed.