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BCB set to open season May 19

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The Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will open its 151st season with a rehearsal at North Clay Middle School at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 19.

The band will also rehearse at North Clay May 26 before moving to its seasonal home, the Forest Park Band Shell, June 2.

The first concert this season is scheduled for 8 p.m., June 7. During inclement weather, the band plays in the Forest Park Pavilion.

Huber invites area wind and percussion musicians to join the ranks of the band. Self-ownership of an instrument, good sight reading skills and a commitment to the band's busy schedule are the only requirements.

Prospective school age members must have completed middle school. Adults of all ages are encouraged to dust off the old horn and join the fun.

The Brazil Concert Band plays every Sunday in June, July and August at 8 p.m., with special concerts in Greencastle July 7 and at the Scottish Rite Nov. 22.

The 75-member band was established in 1858, making it one of the oldest continuous community bands in the country.

A recipient of the Sudler Silver Scroll Historic Band Award in 2006, the band will honor President Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial June 7 at Forest Park.

The original members of the band played in the presence of Lincoln during the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates just months following the formation of the band.

Bass drummer T.J. Sneddon will portray Lincoln at the opening concert. Bell player Susan Sneddon will lead a chorus to sing "Battle Hymn of the Republic" along with the band that evening.

On Aug. 16, Col. Bryan Shelburne will make a return visit to guest conduct the band. Shelburne is the retired director of "Pershing's Own," the United States Army Band of Washington, D.C.

Huber, a Kentucky Colonel, is in his 28th year as band director, making him the band's longest serving conductor.



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