Flood Warning

Jazz Band Serenades Musician Who is Fighting Cancer

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WAUKEE, Iowa -- A heartwarming tribute in Waukee Thursday night gave the gift of music to a man who spent his life spreading that gift to others.

Arnold Dearth enjoyed a concert Thursday night on his front lawn. Dearth is in the final stages of his fight against cancer. His daughter, a member of the Beaver Creek Jazz Ensemble, wanted to give him one last encore.

“Not too many guys get an 18-piece band for a party. So it’s kind of overwhelming, there’s just not enough words to describe it,” said Dearth.

The entire neighborhood joined Dearth, spending the evening with him and listening to the music.

Dearth’s daughter Lori Bees said, “Play some songs that he remembered from high school days and songs he’s played with his bands. He played solo for many years in Ohio. And I just wanted him to have one last concert.

The band serenaded Dearth until sunset.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.