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Concert Band pays tribute to Dressler

Sunday, June 5, 2011

State Representative Jim Baird (far right) addresses family members of the late Jim Dressler during the season opening performance of the Brazil Concert Band Sunday. Photo by Melanie Huber.
Clay County residents came out in droves Sunday evening to honor one of their own.

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.

Family members of Jim Dressler (from left) son-in-law Jeff Nees, grandson J.J. Nees, daughter Jana Nees,, wife Janice Dressler, son Roy Dressler and friend Tara Hester, along with others, were on hand Sunday at the Forest Park Band Shell during the Brazil Concert Band's season opening performance to receive a state proclamation in honor of Jim, who passed away earlier this year. Other family members there included son Harry Dressler, son Perry Dressler and wife Kristie, along with children Mason and McKayden, grandson Luke Dressler, Jayme Robbins and son Max. [Order this photo]
Huber told The Brazil Times he wanted to pay tribute to his friend for all the work Jim did with others.

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.

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It was a wonderful occasion! To the Dressler family....Thank you for sharing Jim with us and to Matt and the awesome BCB, you are faulous. Rep. Baird, thank you for your service to our country and for your kind words about Jim Dressler. God bless you all.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 10:51 AM

We should all thank Jim for being such a great guy!

-- Posted by BrazilWatch on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 7:00 PM

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