Doug Benton celebrates 50 years of music ministry Feb. 9

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Doug in tux.tif

Doug Benton

Probably not many church musicians can say they have served for 50 years, but the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church’s Director of Music Ministries has already done so. Doug Benton began his professional career as a Church Musician in October of 1963 while a sophomore at Camelback High School in Phoenix. That job was at his church, Bethel Methodist Church, on Seventh Street and Osborn, in Phoenix. Doug was paid a whopping $5 per week! He was given the opportunity to play the “Mighty Hammond” when the church’s organist was in a car accident and was not able to play any more. Two years later, Doug was fired from that job, by a new Pastor, for playing Bach on the organ, rather than “church music”! But, of course, this gave him another opportunity to grow as an organist and choir director at his next job, Capitol Methodist Church.

During these 50 years, Doug has served several Presbyterian, Lutheran and Methodist churches here in the valley and for a short time in the San Francisco Bay area. He has served the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church since June of 2003, where he directs the Chancel Choir, Canyon Carillon, Youth Handbell Team, GCUMC Orchestra, and accompanies Joyful Noise (kids choir). He also plays the organ for the 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. traditional services, produces the church’s performing arts series and works with the Gold Canyon Arts Council on their Canyon Sounds programs and their annual Gold Canyon Arts Festival, both of which are hosted by the church. In his spare time, Doug writes and/or arranges music for his various ensembles.

A special program celebrating Doug’s accomplishments will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. at the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church. This program will feature some special guests, including the incredible pianist, Chris Rice, who will play Franz Liszt’s famous Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. This work is important to Doug, as he decided to become a concert artist as a result of watching Bugs Bunny playing this work on a cartoon when he was in fourth grade! Also featured will be local pianist Linda Jones, who will play a piano/organ arrangement of Bach’s Sheep May Safely Graze with Doug. The church’s Chancel Choir, Canyon Carillon (adult handbell choir) and the Agape Brass Quintet with timpanist Keith Kassner will also perform during the program. Doug will play music of Bach, Barnes, Benton, Beethoven, Franck, Vierne, and his concert transcription of Jimmy Webb’s MacArthur Park. 

This event is open to the public at no charge as a free will offering will be received. All the proceeds from this program will go into the church’s “Pipes for the Organ Fund”. Everyone is asked to please bring at least one non-perishable food item per person for the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church Food Bank. The church is located at 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd, one block north of Hwy 60 (Walgreens on the corner) in Gold Canyon, four miles east of Apache Junction. For more information, please call the church office at 480-982-3776.

Courtney (306 Posts)


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Support the American Red Cross and become an everyday hero March is Red Cross Month

    February 27th, 2015
    by

    TUCSON— In honor of Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages people to uncover their inner hero […]


    March 3rd Marks the Celebration of U.S. Navy Reserve’s 100th Anniversary

    February 27th, 2015
    by

    Washington DC, – The Navy Reserve will mark its centennial anniversary on Tuesday, March 3rd with a series of events […]


    Gaspard de la Nuit at Desert View Performing Arts Center

    February 25th, 2015
    by

    On Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m., join The Oracle Piano Society for Picturing Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, A Musical Soliloquy at SaddleBrooke II, 39900 S.


    Documentary film ‘Power’s War’ completed

    February 25th, 2015
    by

    Pinal Nugget On Feb. 15, 1918 the Graham Guardian newspaper’s headline said “OFFICERS KILLED IN BATTLE WITH SLACKERS”.


  • Stories Just For You

    Gold Canyon church to host Easter event

    February 25th, 2015
    by

    Gold Canyon United Methodist Church is hosting a free Spring Eggstravaganza on Sunday, March 29 from 2-5 p.m., followed by a Country Western worship service with music provided by The Houser


    Getting Lost in the Copper Corridor

    February 25th, 2015
    by

    Can you guess where in the Copper Corridor this photo was taken? If you guessed Mammoth, then you would be correct.


    Folklorico dancers come to Gold Canyon

    February 25th, 2015
    by

    The Gold Canyon Arts Council presents “Ballet Folklórico Quetzalli de Veracruz” on Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m. at the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon,


    Nearby communities host March events: Pioneer Days, Apache Leap Mining Festival

    February 25th, 2015
    by

    Fabulous food, fun and even a mining competition are on tap for the second weekend in March and with two great festivals taking place, fun-seekers will have a plethora of choices.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin