Friends of Ben, Inc.

Preserving a Legacy

DEC 13, 1930 – JUN 4, 2013

Comin’ Home Baby by Ben Tucker

In Tune Documentary Website

The In Tune documentary website is live! has clips from the film and is filled with information and pictures from Ben Tucker’s life in Savannah and his music career. It is a great resource for learning about a special chapter in Savannah’s rich cultural history.


Annual Used Instrument Donation Day

Date: Saturday, October 13th
Time: 10am – 3pm

Portman’s Music Superstore
7650 Abercorn St. Savannah, Georgia
Contact: (912) 354-1500


Help bring music into the lives of Savannah children. Donate your used instruments at Portman’s Music Superstore during Used Instrument Donation Day.


The event is hosted by Friends of Ben, Inc. as part of our organization’s Keep the Music Playing music education initiative. We are continuing to partner with local public schools and non-profit organizations to give the children of Savannah opportunities to study and play music.


Special thanks to all our partners for helping to make this event a reality!

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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The Keep the Music Playing Program

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.

“Hey Partner”

“Hey Partner” is a platform where we can share memories of how Ben Tucker touched our lives.

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.