PRESTONSBURG – Another legacy member of the Kentucky Opry takes to the stage Friday night, when Junior Pro Tyler Benge pounds out the beats in Billie Jean’s Kentucky Opry Christmas.
Benge, a sophmore at Johnson Central High School, is in his fourth year with the Junior Pros. Tyler says he has been playing drums since he was two, sitting on his father’s lap. Of course, his father was none other than original Opry drummer, Dwayne Benge.
“My dad got me into playing the drums,” says Tyler. “Ever since I was little I remember sitting in the living room playing drums with him.”
Tyler says that since those days, he has wanted to play in the opry. “I just wanted to get up on stage, and play music with everybody.”
Along with Dwayne, Tyler is also the son of Paula Benge, and brother to Connor.
Tyler is also a member of the JCHS Honor Choir, and when he is not performing with the Junior Pros, he says he enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with his friends.
Tyler is a member of Crossroads, a band which features several members of the Junior Pros.
After graduation, Tyler says he wants to stay close to home, and plans to attend UPike, where he hopes to study law and also pursue music.
Tyler will join the rest of the Jr. Pro’s on stage this weekend for the final performances of Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry Christmas. Having received fantastic praise in and out of the community, this is one show you don’t want to miss.
The final performance dates of this years Christmas show are scheduled for December 20 and 21. Tickets are still on sale at the ticket office. Orders can be taken by phone at (606) 886-2623 locally or at (888) 622-2787. Tickets can also be ordered online at www.macarts.com.