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JTCB to join BCB for 'The Carl Kumpf Centennial Concert'

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Matthew Huber
The Brazil Concert Band (BCB) and Jackson Township Community Band (JTCB), both under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will present "The Carl Kumpf Centennial Concert," Sunday, July 3, at the special time of 7:30 p.m., at the Forest Park Band Shell or Pavilion if there is rain.

Carl Kumpf (1911-1993) was a Clay County businessman, founder of Brazilian Lanes and a member of the Jackson Township Community Band for an incredible 75 years.

Thousands of Clay County residents bowled and shot billiards at Brazilian Lanes under Carl's ownership, and ate at the fine counter managed by his wife, Thelma.

Kumpf joined the JTCB in 1918, at the age of 7, learning the trumpet and baritone horn from J. Gus Davis, who was leader of the JTCB, BCB and first director of the Brazil High School Band.

Kumpf began his long tenure as director of the JTCB in 1933, and conducted his band throughout the United States, from Los Angeles to New York City, during scores of national conventions of the American Legion.

Band was a family affair with the Kumpf's as his brothers Clarence, Melvin and Art were also members. Carl's sons were also active members of the JTCB during high school and college, and will be performing during this week's concert.

George Kumpf, an engineer from Virginia who played the euphonium, sponsored the Forest Park Band Shell Bench Project, of which totals 200 new plastic, personalized benches.

Dr. Curt Kumpf, a dentist from North Dakota, is still an active trombonist in many ensembles. Both George and Curt are graduates of Purdue University, and were still active in the Purdue bands under the direction of Al G. Wright.

Director Huber began playing in the JTCB under Carl Kumpf's direction in 1968, and credits Carl with his lifelong passion in the preservation and performance of traditional band repertoire.

Carl, ever the patriot, always included marches and All-American favorites in his concerts.

The special edition on July 3 will reflect the music Carl loved to conduct.

The play list includes "American Patrol," by Meacham, "The Fourth of July," by Cacavas, "The Blue and Gray," by Grundman, Armed Forces Salute," by Lowden, "George M. Cohan Patriotic Fantasy," by Von Suppe-Fillmore, "Supreme Triumph," "E Pluribus Unum" and "Shrine of Liberty," all by Fred Jewell, "The Liberty Bell," "Sabre and Spurs" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever," all by John Philip Sousa, and the rather unique "JTCB on Parade," by Marvin Workman, which was commissioned by Carl Kumpf in 1968.

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