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Jackson Township Band to perform during this year's Popcorn Festival

Friday, September 11, 2009

Matt Huber
The Jackson Township Community Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will perform at the 2009 Popcorn Festival.

The concert will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, at the Forest Park Band Shell.

The band was founded in Hoosierville, in 1915, on the McNutt Farm as a farm boys' band.

Musical instruments were ordered from the catalog, much like in "The Music Man," by J. Gus Davis, who directed the Brazil Concert Band and Brazil High School Band at the time.

Instruments were fitted to the boys according to size and after intense training by Davis, who happens to be a distant relative of Huber, the first concert took place in 1918.

The JTCB played nearly every picnic, church social, political event and patriotic holiday in those days.

In the 1920s, the band's most famous alum, none other than Orville Redenbacher, performed as a tuba player. During his birthday party, which took place at Forest Park in 1995, Huber visited with Redenbacher about the early years of the JTCB. He recalled several former members with detail about what they played and their occupations, which were in the farming business. He posed with the JTCB for a photo complete with bow tie and horned rimmed glasses.

Following World War II and into the 1990s, the JTCB traveled to many national conventions of both the VFW and the American Legion with the most memorable trips being to New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

In 1956, the band purchased property north of Brazil and built its own facility, the Band Cabin, located on the south shore of Melody Lake.

More than half a century later, the band still rehearses Thursday evenings at the retreat.

The Band Cabin also houses the band's vast historic music collection, including the stock music willed to the band by the late Fred Jewell Jr., son of Indiana "March King," Fred Jewell.

As the 32 JTCB approaches its first full century of continuous operation, its venues are all across the Wabash Valley with performances at the Merom Festival, Clay City Pottery Festival, Linton 4th of July Parade, Farmersburg Old Settlers, Gosport Concert and Story Day, Hymera Sea Food Festival, Indiana State House Retired Teacher's Conference, Clinton Little Italy Festival, Center Point Festival, Bowling Green Old Settlers, Greencastle Veterans' Day, Brazil Veterans' Day, K-Day, Brazil Loyalty Day and the Popcorn Festival.

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