The Brazil Concert Band paid tribute to former Times' editor Jim Dressler (1935-2011) Sunday evening with their first performance of the year, "Seen and Heard."
Following the show's opening number, "The Brazil Special," by Davis, concert band director Matt Huber introduced State Representative Jim Baird, who presented the Dressler family with a proclamation from the State of Indiana recognizing Jim's service to the legislature as a proofreader.
For example, Huber said Jim was instrumental in securing grant funding for the new awning, which covers the stage at the Forest Park Band Shell.
Jim's wife of 47 years, Janice, their children, and other family members, were present during the concert.
Huber chose selections he felt Jim would enjoy hearing, including "The Brazil Special," "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," which was sung by TJ Sneddon.
The Hoagy Carmichael piece was picked after Jim had arranged for the Hoagy Carmichael statue to be displayed for a day in Forest Park in 2007.
The statue currently sits at Indiana University, the alma mater of both Jim and Carmichael.