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Rockwood Methodist dedicating grand piano

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Rockwood United Methodist Church will dedicate its new Yamaha grand piano June 9 with special celebrations.

Music in the 11 a.m. worship service will feature the piano, flute and trumpet and include a recognition of contributors to the piano fund.

A 3 p.m. concert of sacred music will show off the new piano to the community with Rockwood United Methodist Church organist Wayne Duggin on piano and guest organist Fred Pogue.

Pogue, who served as organist for 20 years at Rockwood First Christian Church, is now organist at Tellico Village Community Church.

Being naturally attracted to music, Pogue began piano lessons at age 9.

His experience has covered many styles including Southern gospel, classical and contemporary.

He taught Spanish and theater arts at Roane County High School and studies organ with Brenda Goslee at Roane State Community College.

Duggin also began piano studies at age 9 while in fourth grade at a small country school.

Following a career of music in organ, he studied organ at Belmont University and University of Memphis.

Church music has served him professionally as a college teacher, a high school teacher, a minister of activities (music and education), minister of music and youth, and 21 years as organist, with 16 years as choir master.

Both Pogue and Duggin are members of the American Guild of Organists, an organization which promotes the organ in its traditional and evolving role.

The organization works to enlighten and inspire a personal love for the instrument on local, district and national levels.

Rockwood United Methodist Church is at 801 N. Kingston Ave.