Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

February 5, 2013

Chamber honor: Eureka Band blends musical talents

BATESVILLE — “Good things come to those who wait,” Eureka Band member Ed Krause told Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner attendees Jan. 31.

Thanks to 125 years of dedicated service to the community, the band received the BACC Distinguished Volunteer Group award.

The ensemble was originally formed in Batesville in 1887 to march in parades and even performed at the Indianapolis 500 in the 1920s. Members call it “the oldest continuous all-volunteer community band west of the Allegheny Mountains.”

He recalled, “I grew up in Brookville, and we didn’t have a band like this .... This is a unique aspect of Batesville.”

At first, all of the musicians were male. Then in the 1970s, women could join. “In the mid-1990s, we were down to 11 members .... That’s when we had to go to a youth movement, but some of the old-timers had a hard time agreeing to that.”

However, “Phil Call, who was still in middle school, was the first student-age member. He was really good and won over the older guys.” Batesville High School band directors have also been very supportive.

“One of the best things about the Eureka Band is the cross-generational contact. We have many different ages, from students to band members in their 80s, and we’re peers.”

Several community members have played key roles over the years. A.W. Romweber was a big supporter, purchasing uniforms in 1932 and 1952. George M. Hillenbrand and his wife donated the Liberty Park bandstand. Two longtime directors were Henry Schumacher and Sylvester “Bess” Bartling, Krause announced.

Member Mike Fritsch said Mark Prickel is the current band member with the most experience. “He has been with us for over 60 years.”

He thanked the city of Batesville for “helping underwrite our concerts in the park,” which take place during July or the first part of August. “Mike Baumer and his crew at the park are also very gracious in accommodating us.”

Fritsch added, “In 2009, we made a CD” and copies are available for $15. Its title, “Let ’Er Go ...  OK?” combines favorite expressions of two late band members.

“Any of you out there who have an old musical instrument buried in your closet are welcome to join us. We start practices in April (on Mondays from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Memorial Building basement), and we’d love to have you in the band.”

Interested persons may contact Fritsch at 933-0422.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Fire figthers respond quickly Firefighters respond quickly

    Thanks to the quick action of area firefighters, two blazes were put out quickly April 23.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clawson in Batesville Clawson wins special primary in southwest Florida

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Armed robbery investigated

    An early morning armed robbery April 22 at K & K Mini Mart, 332 S. Meridian St., Sunman, is being investigated, according to a press release from the Ripley County Sheriff's Office.

    April 22, 2014

  • Ten submit bids for demolition of structure SUNMAN - Sunman Town Council members covered a lot of ground at their April 17 meeting. Bids for the demolition of the former Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Special Education Cooperative building were opened. Ten contractors submitted bids, ranging from $86,95

    April 22, 2014

  • Circle these dates on summer calendar On its 41st anniversary, a new headliner will open the three-night Batesville Music and Arts Festival. "A Summer Evening in the Park" is the theme of a performance by the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra Wednesday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Liberty Park. C

    April 22, 2014

  • nws - bv042214 - Bradley, Rob Three Republicans set sights on sheriff's office Three Republicans, are competing for Ripley County sheriff. They come from a variety of backgrounds, but all want to do their part to make the county safer for its citizens. Rob Bradley says, "My motivation for wanting to be sheriff has been a part

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws - bv042214 - Thompson, Josh Two Democrats running for sheriff Two Ripley County residents are vying for sheriff on the Democratic ticket. Josh Thompson wants the job "to help this county tackle the drug issues and break-ins and to make the people of this county feel safe." Timothy Sutton says, "I don't look at

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Citizens asked to take parks survey An online survey is being conducted now to solicit community input on park needs, possible projects and project prioritization. Answers will help the Batesville Parks and Recreation Board formulate a five-year master plan, required by the Indiana Dep

    April 22, 2014

  • nws - bv042214 - BBW (recycling speaker) Local recycling center considered Mayor Rick Fledderman and Aaron Bell, Southeastern Indiana Recycling District executive director, have been working for several years to try to get a recycling center for rural residents in Batesville. At the April 14 Batesville Board of Works meeti

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Statistics show need for active living During an April 10 Active Living Workshop in Batesville, organizers Zia Brucaya, Indiana Complete Streets Coalition coordinator with the nonprofit Health by Design; Lindsey Bouza, Indiana State Department of Health Division of Nutrition and Physical

    April 22, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents Obama Reassures Japan on China Raw: Car Crashes Into San Antonio Pool Time Magazine Announces Top Influencers List Raw: Angry Relatives Confront SKorea Officials Bigger Riders Means Bigger Horses Out West Yankees Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US
Photo Gallery


Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Facebook