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Sunday night was memorable as band received the Sudler Silver Scroll Historic Band Award

Monday, June 12, 2006

Frank Phillips photos

Top: The award is presented to Band Director Matt Huber by Judge Robert Pell.

Bottom: Sudler Silver Scroll Award plaque

- Wonderful night for Brazil jewel

Sunday night marked a three-year triumph for the Brazil Concert Band and its director, Matthew S. Huber.

About three years ago, Huber decided to seek the Sudler Silver Scroll Historic Band Award to honor the people who share their musical talents each Sunday night at Forest Park.

About 600 people attended the program Sunday night in the pavilion, due to the threat of rain.

The Sudler Award is given to a few bands that are at least 100 years old.

The 148-year-old Brazil Concert Band meets that criteria.

Huber also sent 15 copies of the band's CD, "Jewell of the Wabash," to the John Philip Sousa Foundation and obtained letters of recommendation from Mayor Kenny Crabb, former Brazil Times Editor James Dressler and current Editor Frank Phillips.

"Mission accomplished!" was Huber's comment when asked how he felt after the concert Sunday night. "I wanted to do this for these band members."

The program featured guest conductors Edward Ballenger, Jeffersonville, Ind., Dr. John Boyd, director of bands, Indiana State University, Dr. Charles Conrad, Indianapolis, Dr. Charles DCamp, Des Moines, Iowa, and Robert P. Hills Jr., Columbus, Ohio.

It also featured soloists Kendra Kirby who sang and Norman Hanson who played the trombone.

Each of the special guests received a framed memento of the Sudler award concert and a copy of The Brazil Times edition describing the band's accomplishment.

The band performs each Sunday night at 8 p.m. at Forest Park's bandshell or in the pavilion, in case of inclement weather.

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