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Bands to perform at Fairbanks Park

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Brazil Concert Band will perform at 5 p.m., Saturday, July 21, as part of the Terre Haute Community Band "On the Banks of the Wabash" festival.
TERRE HAUTE -- Seven bands will perform at the second "On the Banks of the Wabash," Community Band Festival, Saturday, July 21, at Fairbanks Park.

The event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., and conclude at 9 p.m.

The Brazil Concert Band will perform at 5 p.m., with Matthew S. Huber conducting.

The Brazil Concert Band was established in 1858, making it one of the oldest continuous adult community bands in the United States.

The Terre Haute Community Band, host of the festival, recently announced two new groups, the Bloomington Community Band, Bloomington, Ind., and the Pipes and Drums of the Fountain Trust, Covington, will make their first appearance in Terre Haute.

The Pipes and Drums of the Fountain Trust is a competitive bagpipe band from West Central Indiana. Its members come from all over the Wabash Valley area, including Lafayette, Terre Haute, Crawfordsville, Rockville, Covington and Danville, Ill.

Besides competing in three-five registered pipe band competitions each year, the band performs at parades, festivals and a wide variety of events in numerous locations in Indiana and Illinois.

The Bloomington Community Band is an all-adult volunteer concert band with membership ranging from 50-60 in number, and 18-85 in age.

The band plays an average of 20 concerts per year at many civic events and public gatherings in Monroe County and the surrounding area.

The Montgomery County Civic Band is scheduled to kick off the event at 2 p.m., followed by the Pipe and Drums of the Fountain Trust at 3.

The Marshall, Ill., City Band will perform at 4 p.m., followed by the Brazil Concert Band at 5, the Bloomington Community Band at 6, the Greater Greenwood Community Band at 7, and the Terre Haute Community Band at 8.

In the event of rain, the festival will take place indoors in the YMCA building on the grounds at Fairbanks Park.

Each band is selecting titles from its own library and will include the music they most enjoy performing. The audience will also have an opportunity to hear some featured solo and ensemble performances by individual members of the participating bands.

With the event beginning during the heat of the day, tents will be erected to provide shaded areas for the audience.

A misting station will also be set up on the grounds. Food vendors will be in the park to offer refreshments and all the usual amenities of the park will be available to those attending the festival.

It is suggested that attendees bring a chair or blanket, sunscreen and insect repellent to ensure a comfortable evening.

For further information about the festival, call 812-535-6440 or log on to www.terrehautecommunityband.org.

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