The Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, plans to honor retiring bandsman Wayne Parkins in a special edition concert “Hail To The Chief” at 8 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.
Parkins joined the BCB in 1945 as a sousaphone player.
After graduation from Staunton High School in 1948, Parkins joined the U.S. Navy, retiring 32 years later as a chief petty officer.
He worked at Allison’s in Indianapolis and in coal mine construction.
Parkins has been married to his wife, Evelyn, for 63 years, and they have five children, 14 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. His oldest daughter, Darla Scherb, played French horn in the BCB.
In the BCB, Parkins held the position of tuba-sousaphone section leader and played the same E-flat sousaphone he bought in 1950.
He also played the same sousaphone in the Jackson Township Community Band, which he joined in 1942.
Reflecting on his years in the Brazil Concert Band, “The Chief,” as he is often called, said, “it has been a wonderful experience.”
Huber said, “Wayne Parkins is an outstanding musician with strong loyalty to the Brazil Concert Band and will be greatly missed at the band shell.”
The BCB will perform several of Wayne Parkins’ favorites, including “Victory At Sea,” “Hands Across The Sea,” “Anchors Aweigh,” “E Pluribus Unum,” “Sea Songs,” “Them Basses” and “South Pacific.”