When the Fall Concert Series at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington ended in October, a new bronze sculpture was unveiled in Founders’ Plaza — a gift to the community that represents the intergenerational appeal of music and the legacy of passing a love of music from one generation to the next.
The sculpture was commissioned and donated by long-time Arlington residents, Debra Duncan and her husband, Randy Jordan. The couple are also donors to the Levitt Pavilion, and Duncan serves as board secretary on the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Board of Directors.
The Gift was created by award-winning sculptor Seth Vandable from Cedar Hill and cast by Schaeffer Art Bronze in Arlington. The piece sits in a circular area created when Founders’ Plaza was built just to the left of the pavilion stage on the Abram Street side at the History Garden entrance on Abram and Center streets.
The Duncan family came to Arlington in the early 1920s, where J.C. Duncan served as Mobil Oil and Gas distributor for Tarrant County. His business office was on Abram Street directly across the street from Founders’ Plaza, where Arlington’s City Hall is today.
In 1951, J.C. and his sons, Maurice and Bob, took over Arlington Disposal and began the 45-year process of building it from two trucks serving 7,500 residents to the largest family-owned hauling company in the south. Duncan family members were charter members of Arlington’s service clubs, elders of churches and leaders in business and the community. The Duncans’ interest in music also was strong. Twins Jan Tucker Duncan and Ann Tucker Sanders sang their way to full college scholarships, then went on to teach in Arlington.
Randy Jordan arrived in Arlington in 1982 and created an award- winning choral program at James Martin High School, where he taught for 23 years, growing the choir to 400 students and winning 74 Sweepstakes Awards in University Interscholastic League competitions before he retired. As director of the Arlington Master Chorale, Mr. Jordan has grown the chorale from 38 members to 90 and taken his singers to perform in the ultimate music venue, New York’s Carnegie Hall.
When Randy Jordan met and married Debra Duncan, the two families’ love of singing and music was shared with many more families in our community. For both, sharing their love of music with the next generation has been second nature. Together, they have two altos, a tenor and a baritone, and seven grandsons, voices to be determined.
The Duncans and the Jordans believe in community and sharing the magic of music, and their belief is the concept for The Gift sculpture in Founders’ Plaza. The gift of music is a gift that’s meant to be shared with each other, with the community and from generation to generation.
Posted by: Sam Moore