One former resident is trying to improve seating at the Forest Park band shell with the memory of his parents in mind.
"My family was always involved with the band," George Kumpf said. "My father (Carl) directed the Jackson Township Community Band for many years and after his passing, my mother would still go to listen to the Brazil Concert Band at the band shell."
The idea began as a donation for a park bench in honor of his parents. However, that idea began to blossom and Kumpf decided to go bigger.
In August, Kumpf and Connie McClure went to the Brazil City Parks Board meeting and pitched the idea to the board.
"I started looking at a lot of benches," he said. "I wanted to make sure they would be good benches that could last."
With the full support of the board behind him, Kumpf started researching.
The two main points of criteria were they had to be comfortable and maintenance free. The current benches are not comfortable and need to be replaced every few years. After sitting on numerous benches and comparing cost to weathering, Kumpf found a winner.
"In New Albany (Ind.) these benches have been sitting outside in the weather for eight years," he said. "I talked to the people in charge of them and they have never had any problems with them."
The benches will run approximately $500 each, which includes up to 18 characters on the top board and they are made out of recyclable plastic.
"I'm hoping that family members of past band members will look into purchasing a bench together," he said. "With the holiday season coming up and everyone beginning to look into possible gift ideas, I hope they think of this as something special to memorialize a loved one."
Hoping the benches will receive many years of service and serve as a memorial for those no longer able to enjoy the concerts, Kumpf is eager to have the first 100 benches installed before the first concert at the band shell in May.
"This is really great for the park," Brazil Parks Board President Ruth Ann Jeffries told The Brazil Times. "It's wonderful. They look great and they are very comfortable to sit on."
Though Kumpf no longer lives in Brazil, he still believes in the value of the band shell to the area.
"The park is an unbelievable asset to the community and the band shell is a great thing to have," he said. "This is really deserving for the community."
For more information on purchasing a bench, contact Kumpf at firstname.lastname@example.org.