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July 17, 2014

‘On the Banks of the Wabash’ band festival set

Terre Haute musicians to host 8 other bands this weekend

Seven bands from Indiana and Kentucky will join the Terre Haute Community Band and special guest Gymnasium Heide-Ost Symphonic Band from Heide, Germany, to present the fourth annual “On the Banks of the Wabash” Community Band Festival on Friday and Saturday. Five bands are making their first appearance at the festival. All concerts are at Fairbanks Park and are free.

The Gymnasium Heide-Ost Symphonic Band is a 44-member ensemble on tour in the U.S. Midwest as part of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Exchange Program. Terre Haute is the only Indiana city on their tour, and the band will be spending four days here, staying with local families.

Closer to home but new to this year’s Festival is The Bend in the River Brass Band whose name is taken from the “ox bow” bend in the Ohio River that separates the cities of Evansville and Henderson, Ky.

Established in 1991 as the tri-state area’s first British-style brass band, the group has made a commitment to creating more exposure to the brass band genre of music. The band plays a regular schedule including concerts in the cities of Owensboro, Ky., and New Harmony.

The Jackson Township Community Band draws its membership from Clay County and surrounding areas. The JTCB is celebrating its 100th year of continuous operation. It was established in 1915 on the McNutt farm in Hoosierville in Clay County as a farm boy’s band. The JCTB’s longest running event is the annual Veterans Day program at the Clay County Courthouse. The band has performed at national conventions of the American Legion and VFW in major cities throughout the U.S.      

Zionsville Community Band was organized in 2002 as part of the town’s adult education program “Learn Something New.” The band’s first performance was for the Zionsville sesquicentennial that year, and the members enjoyed the experience so much they decided to stay together. Members range in age from 19 to 83 and come from towns and cities all across central and western Indiana.

The Wabash Valley Area Band calls Veedersburg its home base and got its start in 1992 as an “adult pep band” to play for a nostalgia basketball tournament. A core of about 30 players continued to rehearse and played at many events in neighboring counties. The group performs at the annual Danville Arts in the Park Festival and Festival of Lights. They also perform at the Covington Applefest and Fourth of July celebrations.

Returning for their second time is The Old Dam Band from Newburgh. Founded in 2000, the band is proud of the fact that some members of the group had not played for 40 years before becoming members. Their philosophy is that it’s never too late to dust off your old horn and join the band. Members range in age from early teens to the 80s.

Bloomington Community Band is making its third appearance at the festival. Although the band can trace its beginnings to the original town band started around 1838, the current BCB was organized in 1978. The band performs about 15 to 20 concerts per year in Monroe and surrounding counties and has received recognition from Bloomington for its contributions to the community.

The Greater Greenwood Community Band will mark its continuous participation in the festival, since its inaugural event in 2011. Founded in 1993, the band started with 27 local people and has now grown to more than 80 members. The band performs at many functions throughout central Indiana and will host its inaugural Community Band Festival on Aug. 9 in Greenwood.

Schedule

Friday

• 7 p.m. — New Age Jazz Combo

• 8 — Gymnasium Heide-Ost Symphonic Band

Saturday

• Noon — Old Dam Band of Newburgh

• 1 p.m — Jackson Township Community Band of Brazil

• 2 — Wabash Valley Area Band of Veedersburg

• 3 — Zionsville Concert Band of Zionsville

• 4 — Bend in the River Brass Band of Henderson, Ky./Evansville

• 5 — Bloomington Community Band of Bloomington

• 6 — Greater Greenwood Community Band of Greenwood

• 7 — Terre Haute Community Band of Terre Haute

• 8 — Gymnasium Heide-Ost Symphonic Band

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