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Jackson Township Band to perform at festival

Monday, September 8, 2008

CENTER POINT -- The Jackson Township Community Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will perform at the Center Point Community Fall Festival, at 5 p.m., Saturday, near the fire house.

The band was organized north of Center Point in Hoosierville on the McNutt Farm in 1915. Through the years, it has performed throughout the United States and is a staple at many Wabash Valley festivals each year.

Nearly all the 30 men and women of the band also have membership in the Brazil Concert Band.

Huber is only the second conductor during the band's 93 years of existence. J. Gus Davis, who was the first director of JTCB, also directed the Brazil Concert Band and both Huber and Davis are related.

Carl Kumpf, a well-known Clay County businessman, was a member of JTCB for 75 years and was leader for 60 years until his death in 1993.

JTCB is unique due to its traditional programming of original band music with heavy emphasis on marches, overtures, waltzes and serenades from the early 20th century.

One of the most famous alums of the band was Orville Redenbacher, the "Popcorn King," who played tuba for JTCB in the 1920s.

Saturday's two-hour performance will include "Our Director," "Colonel Miner's March," "Determination Overture," "Remembrance of Colonel Miner," "Sabre and Spurs," "Old Comrades," "Officer of the Day," "Scoutmaster," "Memories of Stephen Foster," and "Kiefer's Special."

Also, "Black Horse Troop," "Gypsy Festival Overture," "National Emblem," "Myrtle Waltz," "Cle Elum Eagles," "Rosemary Cuban Dance," "Burma Patrol," "Beer Barrel Polka," "Emblem of Unity," and the band's medley march, "JTCB on Parade," by Marvin Workman, former organist at Palmer's, Brazil, will be performed.

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