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Benefit set for mother of local saxophonist

A benefit for medical expenses for a longtime South Kitsap resident is scheduled May 2, in Keyport.

The benefit is for Marilyn Lewis, the mother of local saxophonist Mark Lewis, suffered a stroke in December and underwent treatment and physical therapy, according to Rhonda Stewart, Mark Lewis’ publicist.

The event is 6-9 p.m. at the Los Corales, 1918 NE Poulsbo Ave., and will feature the Mark Lewis Quartet with Mark Lewis, guitarist Allen Alto, bass player Pete Jungschafer and Charles Gaines on drums.

Stewart said the day Lewis’ mother was leaving the rehabilitation center, she fell and broke her hip. She underwent surgery, but there was no more insurance coverage to stay in a rehabilitation facility.

“She has been one of Mark’s biggest supporters and most dedicated fans for years, even traveling as far as to Europe, San Francisco and Canada to catch his shows,” Stewart said.

Marilyn Lewis has been a South Kitsap resident for nearly 50 years and Mark Lewis is a graduate of South Kitsap High School.

Marilyn Lewis was supportive of her son’s music throughout his childhood.

His grandfather, Ray Street, played saxophone and his grandmother, Elaine Lewis, was a concert pianist. Street gave his grandson his first saxophone as a child.

While at SKHS, Mark Lewis played lead alto in the stage band, sang in concert and jazz choirs, played alto clarinet in the concert band, and performed music in school plays. His first group was formed at age 14 to play at dances and local sporting events.

 

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