They came from all over Saturday, carrying and playing all kinds of instruments. It was just the kind of musical gathering that the late Modesto musician Deck Hogin would have loved.
Surrounded by family, friends and fellow musicians, one of the city's leading jazz musicians for 70 years got a special send-off, a New Orleans-style jazz procession. Hogin died Dec. 10. He was 87.
More than 100 people gathered at the Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St., for a celebration of Hogin's life and the kind of music he brought to valley residents for decades. Then a burial procession marched down the street to the nearby St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Hogin studied under legendary Modesto High School music teacher Frank "Proof" Mancini. During World War II, Hogin played in the Navy band. His band, Hogin's Heroes, was featured during Saturday's celebration.