The Brazil Concert Band will begin its 146th year of "concerts under the stars" June 1, 8 p.m. at the Forest Park Band Shell or Pavilion if it rains.
Under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, the 80-member community band is one of the oldest in the nation with continuous operations.
The band season officially began April 18 and 19 as the musicians professionally recorded a CD of 20 marches by the Hoosier March King Fred Jewell who lived from 1875 to 1936.
Recorded in the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral in Terre Haute by veteran sound engineer Andy Snowden, the Brazil Concert Band's first CD, titled "Jewel of the Wabash" will be available to the public in June.
Brazil Concert Band graphic artist Troy Cummings created the colorful packaging which includes photos and text about the Brazil Concert Band and Fred Jewell.
Huber remarked, "The response by the band was overwhelming toward this project. Music was sent to each musician six weeks in advance for at home rehearsal. Everyone came in ready to play and in top form. Careful attention was given to each detail and the results are fantastic. Each march is played with precision and skill. I firmly believe everyone who purchases one of these CDs will enjoy it for years."
The Brazil Concert Band traces its long history to 1858 and during that year the musicians were hired to perform at one of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates in Illinois.
The band's long stint at Forest Park began in 1920 with the creation of Forest Park. The Pavilion was its earlier home, along with concerts above the concession stand, and the Band Shell was built for the band in 1937. Women joined the Brazil Concert Band in World War II and became a permanent fixture during the Korean War. In recent years the Brazil Concert Band has traveled the nation with concerts in Washington, D.C. In 1998, Disney's Epcot Center in 2000 and New Orleans in 2002 where the band performed in the National D-Day Museum.
The Brazil Concert Band is made up of people of all professions. All possess a high degree of musical skill considering the band's challenging library and busy schedule of 13 Sunday night concerts, the July 8th concert at DePauw University, the July 12 Fred Jewel Jubilee in Worthington and its Fall concert November 23 at the Scottish Rite.
Adult musicians and talented high school students are invited to join the traditions and fun on May 20 7:00 p.m. at the Northview High School band room. Self ownership of an instrument is required and a commitment to the band's schedule. Contact Director Huber at: MMJJHUBER@aol.com or 812-448-3420 for further information.