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Jackson Twp. Band performing at state fair

Thursday, July 31, 2003

The Jackson Township Community Band will be performing twice at the Indiana State Fair.

The first performance is Aug. 7. The JTCB will be on parade at 6:30 p.m. and in concert at 7:30 p.m. The concert takes place on the colonade of the Home and Family Arts Pavilion located on the main north/south roadway.

This will be the eighth consecutive year the JTCB has been invited to perform at the Indiana State Fair. State Fair official and Clay County native Linda Moreau first engaged the band to appear in 1996.

Linda's husband, Don, a retired Army colonel, is in charge of Veterans' Day at the State Fair on the 17th and requested the band's presence. The JTCB will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the northwest section of the fairgrounds.

Steeped high in festival tradition, the Jackson Township Community Band was organized as a farm boys' band near Hoosierville in 1915. Its first director was J. Gus Davis.

Orville Redenbacher, "The Popcorn King" is an alum of the JTCB and visited with the band and posed for pictures during his last visit to Clay County.

For many years, the JTCB crisscrossed the United States performing at the National Conventions of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Performances ranged from Miami to Minneapolis and New York City to Los Angeles.

The JTCB's yearly activities include performances at festivals in Worthington, Merom, Linton, Clinton, Bloomfield, Mitchell, Brazil and the Indiana State Fair.

In 1998, the JTCB was presented a "Certificate of Achievement" from the Department of the Army and Brigidier General James L. Bauerle presented Band Director Matthew S. Huber a General's Medallion of Excellence on behalf of the commanding general of the 88th RSC for support of the President Benjamin Harrison Wreath Laying Ceremony in historic Crown Hill Cemetery.

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