The unveiling and dedication celebration of a statue of Muskegon-born Clarence Zylman, who gained fame as a Boogie Woogie Bugler during World War II, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at the LST 393 Veterans Museum.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the Muskegon Community College Center for Experiential Learning. A reception honoring sculptor Ari Norris will follow.
Born in Muskegon and trained in Chicago, Zylman toured the country helping to spread the boogie woogie music revolution. Drafted into the Army, the bugler got the troops jitter-bugging to his unique style of reveille. Stars & Stripes Magazine, The London Times and more than 30 U.S. newspapers acknowledged U.S. Army Pvt. Zylman as the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
Funding for the sculpture were raised by a number of organizations, including the Downtown Muskegon Arts Committee, Muskegon Community College, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Lakeshore Museum Center, the USS LST 393 Veteran’s Museum, the USS Silversides’ Submarine Museum, and the West Michigan Dock & Market Corporation.
For more information on the event, contact the MCC Center for Experiential Learning at (231) 777-0380.