Brazil Concert Band tuning up for summer performances

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Courtesy Matthew S. Huber.

BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Brazil Concert Band, which bills itself as “the oldest continuous concert band in Indiana,” will open 2021 with programs at Forest Park, rain or shine, beginning June 6 and every Sunday through August 29 at 8 p.m.

Area musicians are invited to join the BCB by contacting director Matthew Huber at mmjjhuber@gmail.com or (812) 691-1341. New members must be at least a freshman in high school and own their band instrument. The first rehearsal will be Tuesday June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Forest Park Band Shell or, if rain, in the Pavilion.

Director Huber has led the 65 members of the BCB since 1982 and is the longest serving conductor in the band’s 163 years of serving the community.

The Brazil Concert Band traces its long history back to 1858 and has performed throughout the United States. It has recorded professionally with two compact discs with Indiana March King Fred Jewell, and has received awards from local, state and national institutions including the Sudler Silver Scroll for Historic Bands from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

The June 6 concert, “The 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II,” was scheduled as the finale for last year but was postponed due to the pandemic.

The patriotic program honoring America and our Allies will include “The March from 1941” by John Williams, “Glenn Miller in Concert” arranged by Wayne Scott, “South Pacific” arranged by Philip Lang, “Victory at Sea” arranged by Robert R. Bennett, “Man Behind the Gun” by John Philip Sousa, “The Homefront: Musical Memories from World War II” arranged by James Christensen and “Armed Forces Salute” by Bill Moffit, as well as “March of the Belgian Paratroopers” edited by John R. Bourgeois, “French National Defile” arranged by J.S. Seredy, “Royal Air Force March Past” by Henry Davies and George Dyson, “A Slavic Farewell” edited by John R. Bourgeois and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.

Forest Park is at 911 Bonnie Geyne Miller Dr. More information is at brazilconcertband.org.

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