Sunday evening was the final 2006 performance for the Brazil Concert Band in Forest Park. Band Director, Matt Huber and Police Captain, Andy Whittington, received awards from the Sons of The American Revolution.
By DIANE DIERKS
Brazil Concert Band presented "Grand Finale 2006" Sunday evening in Forest Park. The performance began with "The Star-spangled Banner" and ended with "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Norman Hanson, was the euphonium soloist for "An American Portrait" and the band played a beautiful arrangement of "Damn Yankees."
During intermission, several band members were presented with awards. Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Wayne Parkins received the "Lifetime Band Award" for participation in the Jackson Township and Brazil Concert Band. He joined the band in 1945.
Annie Hoopingarner, of the Clay County Humane Society, was thanked for selling refreshments and Jane Mercer, local poet, read a poem that she had written in honor of the band.
Police Capt. Andy Whittington received the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Award. According to chapter President John Asbury, Capt. Whittington began his law enforcement career as a dispatcher for the Clay County Sheriff Department in 1979. He contributed greatly to the computerization of Brazil's police department in the 1980s and completed his B.S. degree in Criminology from Indiana State University in 1991. He has been of member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 114 for 21 years and is also a member of the band. As a special surprise, Matt Huber, Music Director of the band, was awarded the Sons of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Medal which recognizes, "persons whose achievements are noteworthy in school, community or state activities." According to information provided by Asbury, Matt joined the band in 1968 as a trombone player and became director of music in 1982. Huber achieved one of his greatest successes 2006 when the band was presented with the Silver Scroll Award. Matt has also been named as a "Kentucky Colonel" by Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
The awards were presented by Secretary Gene Printz and Vice President Jim Hicks of the John Martin Chapter SAR. James Arnold, 8th Pennsylvania Sergeant of the Bedford, Ind. Chapter SAR appeared in full uniform to assist in the presentation. Brazil Concert Band will make its next appearance Nov. 19th, 3 p.m. at the Terre Haute Scottish Rite.