The Brazil Concert Band will continue to celebrate their 147th season with a concert at the historic Ritz Theater in Rockville on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. The band will be under the direction of Maestro Matthew S. Huber and will be presenting a collection of the finest marches by John Phillip Sousa and Indiana's own march king Fred Jewell. The evening will also offer classic overture transcriptions, patriotic potpourri, Broadway medleys and popular concert favorites.
The Brazil Concert Band was formed in 1858 as the Brazil Concert Band. Later that same year the band was hired to perform the Lincoln-Douglas debates in Illinois. In the early 1890s they exchanged coronet for concert as woodwinds were added to the band. A typical season for the Brazil Concert Band includes 13 Sunday evening concerts under the stars at the band's home, the Forest Park Band Shell in Brazil; concerts at the annual Fred Jewell Band Jubilee, DePauw University's Kresge Auditorium; and their fall concert in the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral in Terre Haute.
The evening will also be a recording session for the band and a fund-raising event for the ongoing restoration of the historic Ritz Theater. Some portions of the evening will appear on a future Brazil Concert Band CD and others on a dedicated march project.
All seats for the concert are $5 and will be available at the door. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the Ritz Theater, log onto www.parkeplayers.com, and for more information on the Brazil Concert Band visit their website, www.brazilconcertband.org.