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Ridge resident John Halpin,97, playing the banjo, is the oldest member of the Leisure Village Band, which plays big band music for a senior audience in the auditorium at the Leisure Village Club House in Ridge. (Oct. 3, 2013)(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

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Ridge and Woodmere music clubs never miss a beat

The Leisure Village Band in Ridge and the Friday Woodmere Music Club -- miles apart on Long Island and in the types of music they play -- share a passion for music that experts say is stimulating their brains. The Leisure Village Band is devoted to big band-era tunes, while the Woodmere club plays classical music.