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Ralph A. Bredenberg
October 1918 October 2009
A memorial service will be held for Ralph A. Bredenberg at Crossroads Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Bredenberg was born in Turlock and graduated from Turlock High School. During his college years he attended Modesto Junior College where he studied under Frank Mancini and later completed his formal education at San Jose State University studying under Thomas Eagon. After completing college, he began his teaching career which spanned a period of 50 years of service to students. His first teaching position was at Corning High School in Corning, Calif. in 1941. His teaching career was interrupted by a four year stint with the U.S. Air Corp, where he served as both a band musician and director.
He returned to California and took the job of Director of Bands at Chowchilla High School from 1945-1953. In 1953, he began the first of 23 years at Capuchino High School in San Bruno, Calif.
He then served as a consultant for the San Mateo Schools. Upon his retirement he moved back to Turlock where he spent another 13 years as band director at Turlock Christian elementary, junior high and high schools. He retired from a long time music career in 1991. In addition to his work at various schools he was also involved in church music as a choir director for over 30 years and was the orchestra director at the Turlock Evangelical Free Church.
Mr. Bredenberg’s hands have accomplished the following: President Kennedy’s inauguration, Pasadena and Portland Rose Parades, All-Western Band Review, Hollywood Christmas Parade, many pro and college football halftimes, many sweepstakes at band reviews and command performance ratings at festivals. He was a guest director at all State Boys’ Band and ACSI Junior High Honor Band at Biola University and has adjudicated at marching band and concert band competitions.
He is survived by his son, Ralph (Catherine) A. Bredenberg of Palo Alto, Calif.; and grandchildren, Megan and Kate Bredenberg, also of Palo Alto.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Margaret; and siblings, George Bredenberg and Margaret Nordell.
Memorial contributions can be made to Crossroads Church Music Department, 1360 N. Johnson, Turlock, CA 95380 or Hospice of Emanuel, 825 Delbon Ave., Turlock, CA 95382.
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