Marietta’s own Music Man, Boyd McKeown, was recently recognized by the Marietta Daily Journal along with several others as prominent Cobb County persons that passed away in 2018.

Before Boyd’s death, several students asked him whom he would like to write a special composition in his honor. Boyd quickly replied famous composer, Jim Curnow.

Curnow composed a piece titled, “Celebration Fanfare” to honor Boyd. The excellent composition even reflected parts of the Marietta High School Alma Mater from several years ago. The commissioned piece was magnificently performed in memory of Boyd by the Cobb Wind Symphony in Marietta and also at the prestigious Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago in December.

Bob Cowles, former student and assistant conductor of CWS, conducted both performances. Sybil Parr, Boyd’s wife, was recognized at both performances and expressed her deep appreciation and gratitude to Mr. Curnow and the wonderful CWS.

MDJ columnist Dick Yarborough recently wrote that Boyd McKeown inspired and influenced many aspiring musicians in Marietta and Cobb County. He was making music with many of his former students until his death at age 93.

The family wishes to thank Boyd’s students, friends and family for their support. The beat and music go on for Marietta’s own Music Man.

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The Strand Theatre announced the inaugural season of Page to Screen, a monthly book club where members can read the books behind the movies in The Strand’s 2019 movie series before watching them on the big screen.

The Page to Screen book club will take a dive into the world of storytelling by reading, discussing and then watching the film inspired by the novel. For book and movie lovers alike, Page to Screen is an opportunity to connect with like-minded people to talk literature, film, and storytelling in a welcoming and relaxed environment.

Members of the club will meet in the Lumiere Lounge for drinks and discussion of the month’s book before moving into the auditorium to watch it on the big screen. The club is open to anyone who would like to join, although it is 21+ due to the meeting location.

The first meeting is Jan. 25 to discuss the novel “Forrest Gump” by Winston Groom and watch the Tom Hanks classic on the big screen. To learn more, visit

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She has written for the MDJ since October 2000. Send Sally news at Call Sally at 404-713-7318.


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