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Jack Daniel's band cooks up old-time sound

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IMEA performances

Here is a listing of music events which are open to the public. All events are free, except for Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band, for which there is an admission charge.
Today
Luther College Nordic Choir, 7:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3425 Crescent Ave.
Friday
Brownsburg Middle School Choir, 10:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St.
University of Evansville Wind Ensemble, 10:30 a.m., Grand Wayne Center, Convention Hall C, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Eisenhower Choir, 1:15 p.m., First Presbyterian Church.
IMEA All-State Elementary Choir, 2:15 p.m., Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
University of Evansville University Choir, 2:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church.
Indiana All-State Jazz Ensemble and Combo, 2:30 p.m., Allen County Public Library theater, 900 Library Plaza.
IMEA All-State Middle School Choir, 3 p.m., Embassy Theatre.
Goshen College Women's World Choir, 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church.
Pendleton Heights High School Wind Ensemble, 4 p.m., Grand Wayne Center, Convention Hall C.
Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band, 7:30 p.m., Embassy Theatre. Cost: $20 adults, $17 seniors and students, $15 each groups of 20 or more.

Saturday

Indiana Junior High All-State Band, 9:30 a.m., Embassy Theatre.
Zionsville Middle School Orchestra, 9:30 a.m., Grand Wayne Center, Convention Hall C.
Richmond High School Orchestra, 11 a.m., Grand Wayne Center, Convention Hall C.
IMEA Honor Band, 11:30 a.m., Embassy Theatre.
Ball State University Chamber Choir, 11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church.
Creekside Middle School Band, 1 p.m., Grand Wayne Center, Convention Hall C.
Indiana All State Orchestra, 2 p.m., Embassy Theatre.
Kettering High School Eleventh Hour Jazz Choir, 2:30 p.m., Allen County Public Library theater.
Indiana Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, 2:30 p.m., Grand Wayne Center, Anthony Wayne Ballroom.
Indiana All State Choir, 5 p.m., Embassy Theatre.

The 13-member group is the headline act for state music educators conference.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 12:01 am

One of the advantages of hosting the Indiana Music Educators Association's conference is experiencing three days of music performances, including headliner Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band, which performs Friday night at the Embassy Theatre.

About 1,000 music educators and 1,000 students will participate in IMEA's state conference, which takes place today through Saturday at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, according to IMEA executive director Lane Velayo.

Music development events also take place at IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center, Embassy Theatre, Allen County Public Library, Courtyard at the Marriott and nearby churches.

Although mainly parents will go to their students' concerts, Velayo said the public is welcome to attend events for free. Only the headliner concert charges admission.

Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band is based on the Lynchburg, Tenn., town band that existed in 1900.

“It's a show that speaks to a simpler time,” Velayo said. “If you are a music fan of any type, you'll enjoy this.”

Bernie Walker, a member of Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band since 1991, said in an email the modern version of the band was created in 1972 by David Fulmer, a musician, actor and advertising producer, when he found a photograph of that turn-of-the-century town band at the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg.

“Fulmer came up with the idea of a modern version of the band, with the assistance of arranger/orchestrator Greig McRitchie,” Walker said. “He put together a couple of recordings, and the band taped a TV special for PBS. In 1978, the distillery put the show on tour as a promotional vehicle.”

In 1991, Walker said, the distillery decided not to fund the band or tour anymore. That's when two members of the band bought the right to use the name and everything associated with the band.

The 13-member band's instruments include four cornets, two alto horns, tenor horn, baritone, tuba, drums, mallet percussion (xylophone), banjo and the conductor, or “Perfesser.”

“The band members dress in period attire and represent town folk in turn-of-the-century Lynchburg,” Walker said. “The music covers a variety of genres, including popular tunes from the period, such as 'After the Ball' and 'Camptown Races,' and some light classical/operatic pieces and a little bit of traditional jazz.”

Walker also has written some of the musical arrangements performed by the band.

Walker said the band has taught educational clinics and master classes at music conferences, though the band is only performing in concert at this conference.

“Generally our audiences find the show very entertaining and are always impressed with the high caliber of musicianship exhibited by the band,” Walker said. “Most folks seemed to be very charmed by the laid back and nostalgic nature of the show.”