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BCB to honor Jewell

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Matt Huber
The Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will present "Jewell of the Wabash," Sunday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m., at Forest Park, rain or shine.

Fred Jewell, 1875-1936, known as the "Indiana March King," was from Worthington, and rose as a circus euphonium player to director of the Barnum and Bailey Circus Band.

Along the way, Jewell composed more than 200 works to include overtures, waltzes, serenades, trombone smears and marches.

Once he left circus life, he had led bands from Iowa to Florida before settling back in Worthington, where he taught music and led adult bands, including the Murat Shrine Band of Indianapolis.

Of special note, Jewell performed a season with the Brazil Concert Band in 1902.

His son, the late attorney Fred A. Jewell, performed in the Brazil Concert Band and Jackson Township Community Band until his death and left his father's music to the two bands and Huber.

In 2003 and 2007, the Brazil Concert Band recorded two CDs of Jewell's music, "Jewell of the Wabash," and "The Brazil Special." The recordings have been sold around the world.

The audience will take a musical trip back to the first quarter of the 20th century when Jewell Sr. did the bulk of his composing.

Jewell scholar Charles Conrad, director of the Indiana Wind Symphony, earned his doctorate in music through his research of Fred Jewell's musical life.

Conrad will conduct "Cloth of Gold," "Jacques De Molai," and "Quality-Plus."

Harold Ellshoff, a 50-year member of the BCB and JTCB, will lead the band in "The Scarlet King," and "Trombone Blues."

The remaining gems by Jewell, under the direction of Huber, will include "Roses of Memory," "A Passing Fancy," "The Checkered Flag," "Gentry Bros. Triumphal," "The Pumpkin Center Cornet Band," "The Crimson Petal," and "Revelry."

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Once again a superb performance by the BCB this last Sunday eve, and a perfect evening weatherwise!

Do we all truly appreciate the effort and talent we get to take advantage of each Sun Eve at our neat little Forest Park! A brilliant performance by truly Dedicated and Talented Musicians & Director and all for FREE! What could surpass...none other as far as I am concerned! I must repeat...behind every good man there is a good woman & one by the name of "Melanie", for sure! Let's all give her a hand! BTW...A Big ole Happy Birthday to u, also! Hope u had a good one!!!

-- Posted by toats on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 8:32 PM

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