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Concert Band to kick off season Sunday

Monday, May 30, 2011

Jim Dressler
The Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will open the 2011 season Sunday, June 5, at 8 p.m., at the Forest Park Band Shell or pavilion if it rains.

Now in its 154th year of continuous operation, the band will present "Seen and Heard," dedicated to the late Jim Dressler (1935-2011), former long-time editor of The Brazil Times. He was a journalist for 38 years.

Dressler was well respected throughout Brazil and Clay County due to his fairness and civic pride. He was a big fan of the Brazil Concert Band.

Matt Huber
He and Huber began working on a project to replace the awning at the Forest Park Band Shell last fall.

The final result is now in place, gracing the historic band shell in Forest Park, along with 200 new personalized benches, the project of former resident George Kumpf.

Kumpf's father, the late Carl Kumpf, will be honored July 3.

To honor Dressler's memory, Huber has chosen an eclectic program recognizing Jim's wide range of favorite band music from marches to Broadway to Big Band classics and music by Indiana's own Hoagy Carmichael.

Dressler arranged for the Hoagy Carmichael statue to be displayed for a day in Forest Park in 2007, with a full day of band music. Today, the statue is at Indiana University, which is the alma mater of both Dressler and Carmichael.

During Sunday's concert, State Representative Jim Baird will present the Dressler family a proclamation from the State of Indiana recognizing Jim's service to the legislature as a proofreader.

Janice Dressler, Jim's wife of 47 years, and all five Dressler children, including many grandchildren, will be present.

Each Sunday, the BCB will perform a musical selection from the Civil War in reference to the Civil War Sesquicentennial of which members of the BCB served.

The BCB will salute Dressler with "The Brazil Special," by Davis, "Overture in B Flat," by Giovannini-Robinson, "Oliver!" by Bart-Leyden, "Gentry's Triumphal March," by Fred Jewell, "Big Band Spectacular," by Bullock, "American Salute," by Gould, "Fiddler On The Roof," by Bock-Warrington, "The Fairest Of The Fair," by Sousa, "Hoagy Carmichael: An American Classic," "The Viking March," by K.L. King, and "The Star-Spangled Banner," sung by TJ Sneddon.

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Thank you so much for dedicating this night to Jim Dressler. Jim was a great person. He was such a Christian. It will be good to see him again when the time comes.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Tue, May 31, 2011, at 8:29 AM

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