Friends of Ben, Inc.

Preserving a Legacy

Comin’ Home Baby by Ben Tucker


Event Recap: 2018 Ben Tucker Memorial Concert

Dozens of folks arrived in downtown Savannah’s Wright Square to enjoy an afternoon of live jazz music featuring some of Savannah’s outstanding musicians.


Teddy Adams led the band on trombone, Randy Reese on sax and flute, Eric Jones on piano, Mitch Hennis on bass, Robert Saunders on drums, Kirk Lee on trumpet, Howard Paul on guitar, Gina Rene on vocals. Claire Fraizer was also invited on stage to sing.


Thanks to all who came for your continued support to remember Ben Tucker, our friend.

Community Impact

The 2018 Ben and Gloria Tucker Scholarship Recipients. From left to right, Rose A. Moss (Effingham County High), John Griffin (The Griffin Home Academy), and Leroy Parker, Jr. (Herschel V. Jenkins High School).

2018 Ben and Gloria Tucker Scholarship Recipients: Turning a Tragedy into a Tribute

Friends of Ben, Inc. (FOB). Board of Trustees is excited to announce the 2018 Ben and Gloria Tucker Scholarship recipients: Rose Moss Effingham County High School graduate attending Virginia Technical College, Virginia, majoring in Interior Design and Project Management; John Griffin – The Griffin Home Academy graduate with honors attending Mississippi State University, majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a Minor in Music; and Leroy Parker, Jr. – Jenkins High School graduate attending Morehouse College, Atlanta, majoring in Aeronautical Science.

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Keep the Music Playing in partnership with the Savannah Philharmonic

Six musicians from the Savannah Philharmonic worked with students of Otis Brock Elementary School in a one on one music education clinic. The event was coordinated by Jeana Melilli, Education Director Savannah Philharmonic.

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In partnership with the Chatham County Public School System and Portman’s Music Superstore.


Thank you to our funders the Savannah Community Foundation and the Hodge Foundation.

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Partner Spotlight

Friends of Ben, Inc. in partnership with the Savannah Music Festival “Musical Explorers”

Otis Brock Elementary School students were invited to participate in the Savannah Music Festival’s Musical Explorers semester-end concert. This interactive concert featured artist from the genres studied in classrooms across the Coastal Empire this semester: Jazz, Bluegrass and African-American Gospel and Spirituals. Musical Explorers is a unique classroom-based program for students produced by the Savannah Music Festival in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.