CLEAR LAKE – Buddy’s Buddies are reaching out to a new generation of listeners and music lovers.
Richie Lee of Des Moines and Tony Marsh of England joined other musicians including those from the Alan Clark Band to put on a Winter School Dance Party Thursday afternoon at Clear Lake Middle School.
The group billed as Buddy’s Buddies played to an auditorium filled with middle school aged children, plus several fans of 1950’s and ‘60’s rock ‘n roll from as far away as Australia.
The band entertained the crowd with tunes ranging from Buddy Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, to Chuck Berry.
The event featured a costume contest with several boys sporting the glasses that Holly made famous and girls wearing poodle skirts.
Along with exposing the children to classic rock ‘n roll, the event also raises funds for the Buddy’s Buddies Scholarship fund.
Its organizers have been awarding scholarships to aspiring music students annually since 1999.
Currently 5, $1,000 scholarships are awarded to college students majoring or minoring in music.
The awards honor the memory of Holly, Richardson, Ritchie Valens, pilot Roger Peterson and Darrell Hein, who was the manager of the Surf Ballroom at the time the scholarship was established.