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A fitting tributePosted Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 8:15 AM
On Jan. 30, I came into work like it was any other day.
Then I read the e-mail.
Brazil Concert Band Director Matt Huber had e-mailed the devastating news that former Brazil Times' editor Jim Dressler had died.
Jim hired me at The Brazil Times. I came here as a sports editor.
During my time with Jim, I learned so much.
I learned how to handle myself in this business.
Sometimes you have highs and sometimes, you have lows.
That particular was a low point.
Jim was genuine. He was one of the kindest people I ever met.
For that, I owe him.
On Sunday, The Brazil Concert Band will kick off its 2011 season with its first concert in its 154th season.
The concert is fittingly called, "Seen and Heard," a tribute to Jim.
Jim loved the concert band performances. He could regularly be seen at the concerts each Sunday.
He loved the concert band so much he helped spearhead a project to replace the awning at the Forest Park Band Shell.
Huber said he has put together an "eclectic" program, which will detail Jim's favorite music, including selections from Fred Jewell, John Philip Sousa and more.
Huber said State Representative Jim Baird will also present the Dressler family a proclamation from the state recognizing Jim's service as a proofreader for the state legislature. All five of Jim's children and his wife, Janice, will be on hand, as will many grandchildren.
It would be so wonderful to see the new personalized benches -- provided through a project spearheaded by former resident George Kumpf -- completely full Sunday in honor of one of Clay County's own.
Jim would love that.
See you all there.