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Canadian Ex-patriate & Musician Died
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA -- When 15-year-old Nadene Dow took up music in
Southern Alberta, she really took up music. That year she learned how
to play the saxophone, the clarinet and the piano, and began playing
in her parents' band, the Dow Rhythmers.
After graduating from high school at 18 and receiving her teaching
credentials, she began teaching throughout Southern Alberta,
including places as Medicine Hat, Magrath, and the Old Elm Hutterite
Shortly after returning home from a mission to eastern Canada in
1946, Dow attended BYU and married Gordon Forsythe. While living in
Provo, she helped organise the Rhythm Maids - an all-girl dance band.
The year 1961 saw her living in Arlington and organising a dance band
there as well - the Nutones. The Nutones was possibly the most famous
of all her musical contributions. The dance band began as a teenage
big band but expanded to incorporate a larger variety of musicians
and performers. The group toured throughout the metropolitan area of
Washington, D.C. for over 30 years.
Dow passed away on 21 January 2001 from complication associated with
a brain tumour which she had incurred. She left behind five children
and nine grandchildren.
Lethbridge Herald, 27 Jan 2001
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