Matthew Huber is a man who studies many things, and his collection of World War II memorabilia is a testament to that. Yet it doesn't compare to his true passion, music.
A 1971 graduate of Brazil High School, Huber has always known that music and history would play an integral part in his life. He chose Indiana State University for his college education and attained a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Elementary Education in 1975 and 1978, respectively.
After 33 years of teaching social studies in Greencastle, he has retired. When asked what he plans to do with his time now Huber said that he was planning on substituting at area schools. A huge joy for him is seeing his teachers at the performances and knowing that they support him and that he can bring as much joy into their lives as they brought into his.
On June 23, 1979, he married his wife, Melanie, who is now the Chairman of the Science Department at Terre Haute South High School. They have two children, John Philip and Janelle, who both are students at ISU and like their father, love music.
He believes that music and the arts are mankind's greatest endeavors because of the music that flows from instruments and the passion that inspires him will inspire others.
Teaching the youths in Greencastle and a few classes at DePauw University has kept Huber young at heart and allowed him the time to spend his Sunday evenings conducting the Brazil Concert Band. A member since 1968 and the director since 1982, Huber has seen much success in his time. He has taken the band all over the country to play in New York, New Orleans, Disney World and Washington, D.C.
"Of all the places I have performed my favorite would have to be at The Brazilian Embassy and playing for the Ambassador," Huber remarked. "My second favorite is probably the D-Day museum, otherwise known as the World War II Museum in New Orleans."
One of Huber's greatest compliments was when Fred Jewell Jr. played with the band.
"It was an honor to have him there and then after his death, for the contributions he made to the library." Thanks to these contributions and many others the library is extensive.
"We are very fortunate that Darlene Shepard and Ann Gibson spend the time to get 60 music folders ready for all the members." Huber said.
When asked about the members in the band Huber replied with a smile "my best friends are all the people in the band."
One of Huber's idols is John Philip Sousa. He is such a big fan that he even named his son John Philip after the famous composer.
"Sousa was such a great patriot, keen, subtle wit. A devoted family man, he was also an outstanding and determined musician," he said.
He feels extremely humbled by the fact that he could've inspired another individual to love music the way he does. He just hopes that he will be remembered for preserving and performing masterpieces and continuing the long legacy of the Brazil Concert Band.
When Hubert was asked if he ever thought about quitting, he quoted his favorite composer, "No, when you find me retired, you will find me dead."