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Concert Band gears up for opener

Monday, May 31, 2010

Matt Huber
The Brazil Concert Band, under the director of Matthew S. Huber, will present, "All Shook Up," at 8 p.m., Sunday, June 6, at the Forest Park Band Shell or Pavilion due to rain.

The Sudler award winning BCB's musical theme will include "All Shook Up," an arrangement of Elvis Presley hits by Ted Ricketts.

The medley includes "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Me Tender," "C'Mon Everybody," "Can't Help Falling In Love," and "All Shook Up."

The band will be performing at Elvis' home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tenn., later this summer.

The BCB will also be in concert on Beale Street while in Memphis at the W.C. Handy Park named for the famous trumpeter and will feature Handy's "Saint Louis Blues March," Sunday.

Historically, "All Shook Up," describes the German reaction to the Normandy Invasion June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, when the Allies invaded the French coastline in the area Germany thought the least likely to be attacked.

Huber's father, Donald E. Huber, was a D-Day veteran, having landed in one of the first waves of soldiers on Utah Beach amidst a hail of enemy machine gun fire. He was First Scout of an infantry company until seriously wounded by the end of June near Cherbourg, France.

The Brazil Concert Band will recognize the sacrifice made by American forces during what German Field Marshall Rommel described as "The Longest Day," with a medley of service songs, including "Armed Forces Salute," by Bob Lowden, "Emblem of Freedom," by Karl L. King, and "The Stars and Stripes Forever," by John Philip Sousa.

The BCB will feature "Emperata Overture," by Claude T. Smith, "Songs of Old Kentucky," by Brant Karrick, "Band of America," by Paul Lavalle, "The Triton March," by Sousa, and "Auntie Skinner's Chicken Dinner," by Theodore Morse, for the Popcorn Festival's chicken dinner, which will be served prior to the concert from 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the Pavilion.

The BCB invites the public to the concerts, which are free and every Sunday through August.

In addition, the band shell is now equipped with new park benches, the brainchild of former Clay County resident George Kumpf, who now resides in Virginia. Kumpf will be attending the opening concert of this season.

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