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Brazil concert Band to perform in Terre Haute Nov. 23

Monday, November 10, 2003

The Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will present its annual Fall Concert at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Nov. 23.

This marks the 75-member band's 20th annual appearance at the Scottish Rite.

The free admission concert begins at 3 P.M. The historical old building, located at 8th and Ohio, served as a vaudeville theater for years and hosted John Philip Sousa and His Band.

Next year marks the John Philip Sousa Sesquicentennial and the Brazil Concert Band, which is only four years younger than Sousa, will include "The Black Horse Troop", "The Stars and Stripes Forever", "The Gallant Seventh" and a newly released march by Sousa entitled "Homeward Bound" which was written during the March King's years as Director of the USMC Band.

Soloists will include Bandsman Norman Hanson performing "Thoughts of Love", trombone solo by Sousa virtuoso Arthur Pryor, Bandsman Joe Dierdorf singing Mitch Lee's "The Impossible Dream" and Bandsman Ersel E. Burgess vocalizing "The Star-Spangled Banner".

The band will offer for sale its very first CD, "The Jewell of the Wabash" featuring 20 marches by the renowned Indiana March King Fred Jewell. From the CD, the band will play "Supreme Triumph". The CD was recorded last April at the Scottish Rite.

The band will present two recently released compositions by American Frank Ticheli who arranged the beautiful settings to "Shenandoah" and "Loch Lomond".

The concert, wide in variety, as were Mr. Sousa's will include "Sunny Spain" by Karl L. King and R. R. Bennett's medley of "Gershwin".

The Scottish Rite invites the public to hear the historic Brazil Concert Band within the confines of this beautiful one time public entertainment center.

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