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Ridge and Woodmere music clubs never miss a beat

Manorville resident Bill Wilkinson performs with the Leisure

Manorville resident Bill Wilkinson performs with the Leisure Village Band in Ridge. (Oct. 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

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.

Ridge resident John Halpin,97, playing the banjo, is
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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)

The Leisure Village Band plays big band music
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The Leisure Village Band plays big band music at Leisure Village in Ridge. (Oct. 3, 2013)

Manorville resident Bill Wilkinson performs with the Leisure
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Manorville resident Bill Wilkinson performs with the Leisure Village Band in Ridge. (Oct. 3, 2013)

Jo Varano, 89, cuts a rug while the
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Jo Varano, 89, cuts a rug while the Leisure Village Band plays at Leisure Village in Ridge. (Oct. 3, 2013)

Middle Island resident Pat De Rosa is a
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Middle Island resident Pat De Rosa is a woodwind specialist performing on the tenor sax with other members of the Leisure Village Band at Leisure Village in Ridge. (Oct. 3, 2013)

Bill Hart, left, singing a number with the
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Bill Hart, left, singing a number with the support of Bill Wilkinson and other members of the Leisure Village Band at Leisure Village in Ridge. (Oct. 3, 2013)

Laurel Blackmore, left, takes Joy McDonough for a
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Laurel Blackmore, left, takes Joy McDonough for a spin to music by the Leisure Village Band at Leisure Village in Ridge. (Oct. 3, 2013)

Members the Friday Woodmere Music Club enjoy food,
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Members the Friday Woodmere Music Club enjoy food, drinks and live music while celebrating their 100th anniversary at the Woodmere Country Club. Co-president Susan Tanas sits on the piano bench. From left in back are Mansha Kananek, co-president Elenaor Nelson, May Wie, Carlyle Katz, Louise Masi, Anne Tedesco, Jeanne Rosenberg, Connie Levine and Shriley Novak. (June 7, 2013).

Co-president Susan Tanas plays a piece at the
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Co-president Susan Tanas plays a piece at the piano during the 100th anniversary of the Friday Woodmere Music Club at the Woodmere Country Club. (June 7, 2013).

Soprano Maureen Smith Setton, of Baldwin, sings
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Soprano Maureen Smith Setton, of Baldwin, sings "Danny Boy" at the 100th anniversary of the Friday Woodmere Music Club at the Woodmere Country Club (June 7, 2013).

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