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Julia LeBeau and the Melodicans June 1964

Bloomington music teacher Julia LeBeau (left), Faye Scheets (center), and Helen Tepe formed a melodica trio back in 1964.

LeBeau was best known for her tin can xylophone, which is now in the Museum’s object collection. In 1988, an 85-year-old LeBeau played this one-of-a-kind xylophone on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” Check it out on YouTube.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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