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Jackson Township Community Band to perform at Popcorn Festival

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Jackson Township Community Band will perform at 6 p.m., Friday, during the Popcorn Festival. The performance will take place in Forest Park. [Order this photo]
The Jackson Township Community Band will perform Friday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m., for one hour during the Popcorn Festival at Forest Park.

Under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, the band will perform music which would have been found in the folders at the time of one of the band's most famous alums, Orville Redenbacher, performed.

Redenbacher played trombone and tuba in the band during the 1920s. In fact, during a personal interview with Huber several years ago, the "Popcorn King" recalled in great detail playing in this band and of his musical comrades of the day, including several members of the Kumpf and Parkins families of musicians.

Redenbacher recalled the many church ice cream socials, Memorial Day services, picnics and even funerals in small towns throughout Clay County. He remembered 4-H members, dairy and hog farmers and county extension agents, all who played in the band.

Redenbacher, son of William Redenbacher, grew up two miles west of State Road 59 and SR 42, according to principal sousaphone player Wayne Parkins, who has been a member of JTCB since World War II.

Parkins' father, Chauncey, was also a well-respected tuba player in the band.

Chauncey's brother, Loring "Banty" Parkins, was a cornetist and director of the band.

Third generation Parkins family members, French hornist Darla Scherb, is Wayne's daughter. She, like her dad, is a long-time member of the Brazil Concert Band. Darla subs for the JTCB.

Organized in 1915, JTCB started life as a farm boys' band, having been organized by Paul McNutt just south of Hoosierville in Jackson Township.

J. Gus Davis, a distant relative of Huber, was hired to teach the farmers' sons how to play in a band and sized the boys up for instruments, which were ordered from a catalog.

Davis, who was also director of the Brazil Concert Band and band teacher at Brazil High School, worked with the youths and conducted their first concert in 1918.

"Banty" Parkins, Ross Tipton, Carl Kumpf, Davis and Huber are the only men to ever front the JTCB in its 93 years of existence.

The second generation of Hubers, John (euphonium) and Janelle (piccolo) are both music majors at Indiana State University and are both active in JTCB and the Brazil Concert Band.

The JTCB performs throughout the Wabash Valley for festivals in Linton, Merom, Farmersburg, Clinton, Clay City, Center Point and Brazil. The band has played from Los Angeles to New York City.

The Popcorn Festival concert includes music Orville Redenbacher would have played, including "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."

The band will close with its own marching medley of Indiana tunes written by Marvin Workman entitled, "JTCB On Parade."

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Matt--you do an excellent job and have been very committed for many years. I am proud to know you!

-- Posted by Anthea on Sat, Sep 27, 2008, at 9:02 PM

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