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Brazil Concert Band to perform fall concert

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will present its annual fall concert at the Terre Haute Scottish Rite Cathedral, 8th and Ohio Streets, Terre Haute, Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m.

Through the efforts of the band and the Scottish Rite, admission is free to the concert.

The Scottish Rite performance caps the year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration for the band, which included performances at Wisconsin Dells and summer special guest conductors Dr. John Boyd and Col. Bryan Shelburne.

The band promises an afternoon of favorites in the style of the band of John Philip Sousa with overtures, soloists and marches.

The Sousa Band performed in the Hippodrome Theater, now known as the Scottish Rite Cathedral, in the early 1920s. Concert goers will be able to step into the past and marvel at the grand concert hall, which has changed little from the time Sousa and his band visited more than 85 years ago.

Soloists will include Norman Hanson, trombonist, performing Arthur Pryor's air and variations "The Blue Bells of Scotland."

The work was one of the most popular selections by Pryor, who was Sousa's principal trombonist.

Attorney Robert Pell, alto saxophonist, will be spotlighted in "Poet and Peasant Overture," by von Suppe and arranged by Henry Fillmore.

B.J. Reisiner, alto saxophonist, will be featured on "Amazing Grace," a traditional melody arranged by Frank Techeli.

Sousa often featured saxophonists in the 1920s.

Sousa liked to show off brass ensembles from within his band and the BCB will include its euphonium-tuba quartet of Norman Hanson, John Philip Huber, Harold Ellshoff and Wayne Parkins in Meacham's "American Patrol."

The "Indiana March King," by Fred Jewell, who grew to national prominence, played in the BCB back in 1902.

The band has recorded two CD's of Jewell's music and will play his rarely heard "Spick and Span Overture."

Jewell and Sousa were musical friends and colleagues. Jewell CD's will be on sale for $5 each at the performance.

Keeping in the Sousa style, the BCB will feature the entire clarinet section in Anderson's "Clarinet Candy."

Marches to be performed include "The Melody Shop," by Karl L. King, "Seventeen Come Sunday," by Vaughan Williams, and a host of Sousa marches, including "El Capitan," "Foshay Tower Washington Memorial," "Daughters of Texas," and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

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