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Concert Band to perform

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will present "Hands Across the Sea," Sunday, June 10, at 8 p.m., at the Forest Park Band Shell or Pavilion if it is raining.

Throughout 2012, the band will recognize immigrants to Clay County, Ind. Although the majority of Clay Countians came from Western Europe, many came from the four corners of the Earth.

John Philip Sousa, himself, was the child of a Portuguese father and Bavarian mother who met and married in New York City.

Sousa was born in Washington, D.C., where his father, Antonio Sousa, served as a trombonist in the Marine Band.

A persistent rumor started by one of his publicity agents stated he was really Samuel Ogden, an Englishman.

The publicist went so far as stating the "March King" had painted on his travel trunk, S.O., U.S.A. -- hence his name Sousa.

Nothing could be further from the truth and Sousa denied the elaborate story his entire professional career.

The band will salute the roots of all with the following selections, "Hands Across the Sea," by Sousa, "Lohengrin," by Wagner, "Simple Gifts," by Ticheli, "The Kilties March," by Morris, and "Tijuana Brass in Concert."

Also, "Basque Rhapsody," by Shelton, will be performed, in addition to "Satchmo!" by Ricketts, "Beauty and the Beast," by Custer, "Selections from Chicago," by Ricketts, and "A Slavic Farewell," by Agapkin.



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