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BCB set for first concert of year

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will present its first concert of the summer with "Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial," Sunday, June 7, at Forest Park.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. In case of rain, the event will take place in the park pavilion.

The Brazil Concert Band actually performed for Lincoln during the Lincoln-Douglas debates in September 1858, only months after the band was officially founded.

The Sunday, June 7, performance will feature music played at the time of Lincoln.

The BCB will include a medley of tunes "Memories of Stephen Foster," arranged by Guy Holmes.

The Community Theater of Clay County singers, under the direction of Susan Sneddon, will join the concert band during "Battle Hymn of the Republic," arranged by Peter Wilhousky.

Bandsman T.J. Sneddon will portray Lincoln during a performance of the Gettysburg Address among other speeches by Lincoln, who spent 14 years of his life in Indiana.

The BCB will present two Civil War medleys with varying stiles, "Columbia," by George Barnard, and "The Blue and the Gray," by Clare Grundman.

John Philip Sousa was only 11 at the time of Lincoln's death and the future "March King," was inspired by the thousands of soldiers on parade in the nation's capital city throughout the Civil War. The concert band will play Sousa's "The Gladiator," "Ben Bolt," and "Rifle Regiment March."

Sousa saw Lincoln on several occasions with the United States Marine Band, which his father, Antonio Sousa, was a trombonist. The younger Sousa was often allowed to sit in with the Marine Band and officially joined the band at 13. By 26, Sousa became leader of the Marine Band.

In addition, the BCB will include "Tara's Theme," arranged by Bob Hastings and "Repasz Band," by Harry J. Lincoln.

On June 14, the brass section of the Brazil Concert Band will perform for the Lincoln-Douglas debates at Billy Creek Village near Rockville during the Civil War Days event.

Sneddon will again portray Lincoln.

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