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Woodbury, Connecticut

Joe Beck Scholarship

Established in 2008

By Marsi Beck

Joe Beck was a gifted guitarist, musical composer, arranger and producer.

His long and varied career spanned five decades and included performing and recording with musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Gloria Gaynor, Esther Phillips, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Laura Nyro, James Brown, Paul Simon and David Sandborn. The album he recorded with Paul Simon went gold.

He made thousands of recordings, including commercial and movie scores and instructional videos. Joe conducted seminars and workshops, and gave guitar, piano and voice lessons.

Joe toured the world many times over, with his own bands. He was asked to perform for the king of Thailand’s birthday party, and stayed in the king’s summer palace.

Joe Beck was nominated for Grammys five times. He was honored with the “Most Valuable Player” Award by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences from 1984 through 1989.

He designed and invented the Joe Beck Signature Model Alto Guitar, and was a Martin Guitar Artist.

He moved to the Woodbury area in 2000 with his family, and continued touring and recording music. Joe spent a good deal of time in the Region 14 schools giving seminars and establishing clubs designed to encourage children to become involved in music.

Joe Beck died on July 22, 2008.

His wife Marsi established the Joe Beck Scholarship to annually benefit a student interested in pursuing music, music production or business.

If you would like to learn more about Woodbury Scholarship Fund Dollars for Scholars®, contact us at or by mail at P.O. Box 716, Woodbury, CT  06798.