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BCB to begin rehearsals May 15

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Brazil Concert Band Director Matthew S. Huber
The Brazil Concert Band (BCB), under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will begin its 154th year of operation Tuesday, May 15, with rehearsal at Northview High School.

The rehearsal is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Prospective woodwind, brass and percussion players are welcome to join. At the youngest, members must be at least a freshman in high school.

Those interested in joining should contact Huber via e-mail at MMJJHUBER@aol.com or call 448-3420 for additional details.

Self-ownership of an instrument and good sight reading skills are essential.

The BCB's official website is brazilconcertband.org. The website provides photos and articles about the 75-member band.

The Sudler award-winning band traces its history to 1858, when it played at the Lincoln-Douglas debates in Illinois. During the Civil War, its members served in the Union Army.

The Forest Park series began with the creation of the city park shortly after World War I. The BCB's home, the Forest Park Band Shell, sports a new awning and more than 200 new benches.

The BCB has performed throughout the United States, including Washington, D.C., Disney World, New Orleans, New York City, Wisconsin Dells and Memphis.

It has recorded two professional compact discs of music by Indiana "March King" Fred Jewell, a member of the BCB during the early 20th century.

The band also sponsored a State Historic Marker in Worthington, Ind., which was Jewell's birthplace.

Huber is in his 31st year as music director for the band and also serves as director of the Jackson Township Community Band.

He recently had his debut as an international conductor with the Treherbert Silver Band in Wales during a trip to the United Kingdom with his wife, Melanie.

The Huber's son, John Philip, is a graduate student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and arranged for his father to lead one of the several brass bands in which he plays euphonium and baritone horn.

The opening program in Forest Park is scheduled for 8 p.m., June 3, and will be titled, "The Archer and His Lady," in reference to the "William Tell Overture," with soloists Shelley Criss and Julie Dugger, as well as the musical, "My Fair Lady," with guest vocal artist Jodi Wingler.

The Brazil Concert Band plays every Sunday evening in June, July and August, rain or shine.

During inclement weather, the concerts are moved to the Forest Park Pavilion.

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