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BCB schedules first rehearsal for year

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The 150-year-old Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will begin its sesquicentennial season of "concert under the stars" with a rehearsal set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at North Clay Middle School.

All other rehearsals will take place at Forest Park.

Interested adult musicians should contact Huber at 448-3420 or e-mail him at MMJJHUBER@aol.com for details in joining the group. Self-ownership of an instrument and a commitment to play are the audition requirements.

The BCB also encourages talented high school musicians to join with recommendation from high school band directors.

The concert band performs every Sunday evening at 8 p.m., at the Forest Park Band Shell and in case of rain, the band plays at the Forest Park Pavilion.

The band performs 13 Sunday concerts from June 1 through Aug. 24 with additional concerts June 21 in Gosport at 12:30 p.m., July 1 at 7 p.m., at DePauw University in Greencastle, and the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Terre Haute, at 3 p.m., Nov. 23.

The band will present concerts in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., on July 10-11 in the heart of downtown area at 7 p.m., during its road trip.

Special guest artists and conductors for the sesquicentennial at Forest Park will include John Boyd of Indiana State University and Greencastle High School Principal and former ISU director Jim Church.

In addition, Col. Bryan Shelbourne, a retired director of the United States Army Band, Edward Ballenger of Jeffersonville and former BCB conductors Jim Thistle and Ersel Burgess will be guests of the band.

Other guest artists and conductors are pending.

The 75-member band traces its origins to 1858, making it one of the oldest continuous community bands in the nation. In 2006, the band was honored with the Sudler Silver Scroll Historic Band award by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and its chairman, Al G. Wright.

The band has made two CDs of music by Indiana's March King Fred Jewell, which have been sold worldwide.

The band has also performed in Washington D.C., Disney World, New Orleans and New York City in the past decade.

The BCB also performed at the Lincoln-Douglas debates during its first year of operation.

Boasting a large musical library assembled through the decades and maintained by Darlene Shepard and Ann Gibson, the band offers the public free concerts, performing the finest marches, overtures, classics, Broadway and other popular favorites.

The BCB summer concerts have been sponsored by the Brazil Parks and Recreation Department since the organization of Forest Park following World War I.

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