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Sunday band concert in Forest Park will be 'A Tribute to Ray'

Wednesday, June 9, 2004


For The Times

The Brazil Concert Band will present "A Tribute To Ray" Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Forest Park Bandshell or Pavillion if rain.

Ray DCamp, of Danville, Ind., was a member of the BCB tuba section. He passed away last October after a brave battle with cancer. Ray drove the distance from Danville to Brazil twice weekly during band season to perform with the BCB. Also a member of the Jackson Township Community Band, he was a friend to all and a wonderful tuba player.

Among his many contributions to the BCB was his ability to transcribe long outdated D flat piccolo parts into the modern C parts for the flutes and piccolos. Thanks to Ray, hundreds of pieces which would have fallen aside are now performed in full by the BCB and many community bands throughout Indiana and the nation.

Ray's abilities on the tuba were also great as he learned many of the classic concert band solos for tuba and band. Ray was a former Army Band tubist during the 1950s and a retired engineer. He was principal tuba in the BCB.

Ray's musical family even had their own DCamp Family Band which performed annually in Iowa. Several family members will be sitting in with the BCB at this performance which features many of Ray's favorite selections.

Ray's brother, Dr. Charles DCamp, retired professor of music at St. Ambrose University in Iowa, will guest conduct a portion of this special concert honoring one of the BCB's finest.

The concert includes: "Hall of Fame March" by Olivadoti, "Stepping Along" by Goldman, "Poet and Peasant Overture", arr. by Fillmore, "Ben Buxton's Two-Step" by Barnhouse, "The Octopus and the Mermaid" by King and "Auntie Skinner's Chicken Dinner" arr. by Taylor.

Also, "El Capitan Waltzes" by Sousa, "The Iowa Brigade" by Jewell, "The Pumpkin Center Cornet Band" by Jewell, "Emblem of Unity" by Richards, "The Death of Custer" by Johnson and "Them Basses" by Huffine.

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