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Concert Band presents Grand Finale Aug. 26

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The 154-year-old Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will present Grand Finale 2012, Sunday, Aug. 26, at the special time of 7:30 p.m.

The 2012 season marked the 75th anniversary of the Forest Park Band Shell, built for the Brazil Concert Band with Works Progress Administration (WPA) labor and community donations for a total cost of $5,000 in 1937.

C. Wesley Damm was the band director during that period.

The BCB performed in the Forest Park Pavilion and above the concession stand prior to Damm spearheading the band shell project, which is the focal point of all things musical in Forest Park.

As the band grew in size in the 1980s and 1990s, renovations and enlargement of the band shell were made in 1995, with funds raised by the Brazil City Park Board, Brazil Concert Band and the Clay Community Parks Association.

The personalized plastic benches that adorn the seating area at the band shell were conceived by George Kumpf in 2010, and the new awning was a project spearheaded by Huber and the late Jim Dressler in 2011.

The Grand Finale will conclude with a fireworks show -- supplied by Aerial Arts Fireworks. Overture "1812" will be performed under the direction of Indiana State University School of Music graduate Janelle R. Huber.

Euphonium soloist Norman Hanson will perform Buckley's "American Portrait," and Billy Creek Village's Paul Collinson will recite the text to "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

In addition, the Brazil Concert Band will close the summer season in a patriotic fanfare with the following playlist: "Our Flirtations," "National Fencibles," and "The Stars and Stripes Forever," all by Sousa, "The Klaxon," by Fillmore, "American Patrol," by Meacham, "Armed Forces Salute," by Lowden, "The Fourth of July," by Cacavas, "America the Beautiful," by Dragon, "Supreme Triumph," and "Shrine of Liberty," both by Jewell, and "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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