Beacock Music Hall Dedication
On September 28, the Clark College Music building officially became the Beacock Music Hall. Named for Dale Beacock.

An educator, musician and passionate arts supporter, Dale Beacock was a proud alumnus of Clark College. After graduating from Clark in 1950, he earned a Master of Music degree in performance and education from the University of Portland. He started teaching in 1956.

After six years at La Center, Dale spent two years at Vancouver’s former Lewis Junior High and six years at Fort Vancouver High School. He then returned to Clark College, where he remained until 1982, serving in multiple roles including department chair, band director and musical director for many of Clark’s theatrical productions. He also served as musical director for community musical productions, earning nominations for excellence from the Clark County Theatre Alliance.

In 1970, Dale brought high school musicians to Clark College for the first time for what is now known as the Clark College Jazz Festival. The competition, which had been established in 1962, had been held at local high schools on a rotating basis before Clark College became its permanent home. Since its inception, the festival has showcased thousands of high school musicians. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in January 2012.

With an extensive background in jazz, Dale often served as adjudicator for musical competitions and, after his retirement, continued to give clinics at local schools. He also gave private music lessons. In 1998, he was honored as one of the first inductees into the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame.

In 1976, Dale and his wife Susan established the Beacock Music and Education Center, which his son Russ and daughter Gayle continue to operate. Dale took part in countless community events, performing with the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony and serving as director of the New Horizons Band, which has performed at the Luekpe Center and other venues across the region. Dale Beacock died in August 2011.
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