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BCB set for first rehearsal of season

Friday, May 14, 2010

Matt Huber
The Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will open the 2010 season of concerts with an organizational rehearsal at Northview High School Tuesday, May 18, at a special time of 6:30 p.m.

The second rehearsal, May 25, will take place at North Clay Middle School, at 7 p.m., and the rest of the season's rehearsals will be 7 p.m., at the band's home, the Forest Park Band Shell, complete with brand new benches for the audience. The band will practice every Tuesday evening.

The 75-member BCB invites area wind and percussion musicians to join its ranks and enjoy the musical traditions set forth by one of the oldest continuous community bands in the nation.

Ownership of a band instrument, good sight reading and being a high school, college student or an adult musician with a desire to perform before a large audience each Sunday throughout June, July and August, rain or shine, are the requirements.

The opening concert is set for June 6, featuring a great deal of new music and a special tribute to the American veterans of D-Day, which was June 6, 1944.

Huber, a Kentucky Colonel, purchased more than 20 new works for the BCB this season. The first concert will include "Emperata Overture," "All Shook Up," "Songs of Old Kentucky," and a rarely performed Sousa march, "The Triton," among a host of other outstanding works.

Huber is in his 29th year as the leader of the band and holds the distinction of having served as conductor longer than anyone since the band began in 1858. He joined as a trombonist in 1968.

The Brazil Concert Band earned the prestigious Sudler Silver Scroll for outstanding community bands in 2006 from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

The band performed for the Lincoln-Douglas debates in September 1858, enlisted together during the Civil War and during the past 12 years, has played in Washington, D.C., Disney World, New Orleans, New York City, Wisconsin Dells and this year, will perform in Memphis, Tenn., in July.

The Memphis trip includes a concert at Elvis' mansion, Graceland, and at the W.C. Handy Park on Beale Street. The band will be staying at the famous Heartbreak Hotel and will tour Graceland.

Locally, aside from the 13 Sunday night Forest Park concerts, the band will once again recreated, "The Brazil Cornet Band," as it was called during its early years at Billie Creek Village for Civil War Days June 13, play at the Gobin Church on the campus of DePauw University in Greencastle, June 29, and at the Terre Haute Scottish Rite the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

The band has recorded two professional CDs, "Jewell of the Wabash," and "The Brazil Special," which have sold around the globe, sponsored the Fred Jewell Historic Marker in Worthington, and has hosted Col. Bryan Shelburne, retired director of the U.S. Army Band, in addition to Dr. John Boyd, director of bands at Indiana State University. Boyd will return this year in August.

For more information, call Huber at 448-3420 or log on to www.brazilconcertband.org.

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What a very lucky community we are to have such a band that offers free concerts! Such a treat! May we count this band of one of our many blesings in this town.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 10:25 PM

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