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
  • nws - bv041814 - Main Street Indiana speaker Main Street committees will be formed The Batesville Main Street organization is moving forward. About 30 supporters attended the April 9 meeting at the Sherman House to hear Shae Kmicikewycz, Indiana Main Street, Indianapolis, program manager, give an overview of suggested committees an

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv041814 - Active living workshop walking tour City leaders set active living priorities Two Batesville leaders kicked off the city's April 10 Active Living Workshop by explaining why the focus is vital. Angie Johnson, Southeastern Indiana YMCA executive director, said one of the key findings of a recent community needs assessment was t

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv041814 - Stratton, Rodney Stratton takes over as sheriff Stratton takes over as sheriff Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shell building financing explained "For the better part of 18 months," the Batesville Economic Development Commission has been mulling over whether to construct a shell building in the new industrial park to attract a company, President Andy Saner told the city council April 14. "We'd

    April 18, 2014

  • nws - bv041814 - MPA headliner Metamora will host Seeger tribute concert and play The resurrected Metamora Performing Arts Inc. Board of Directors are forging ahead with two cultural events, a concert and play (please see box). "Songs of Peace and Justice: A Tribute to Pete Seeger" will be presented Saturday, April 26, from 1-9 p.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Couple arrested on theft charges

    An Oldenburg couple were arrested by Batesville police in connection with a theft April 14, according to Chief Stan Holt.

    April 15, 2014

  • nws - bv041514 - Helms presentation 1 A shower of praise for Ivy Tech chancellor About 190 laughed during hours of stories about the boisterous James Helms, Ivy Tech Community College Southeast Region chancellor emeritus, during an April 5 retirement dinner at the Batesville Knights of Columbus Hall. A formally dressed Mayor Rick

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • nws - bv041514 - Severe weather speech Weather spotters update their training Naturally, National Weather Service, Wilmington, Ohio, forecaster Andy Hatzos is always thinking about that universal topic. "There's nothing so far tonight, but I'm kind of keeping an eye on it," he told about 70 who attended a severe weather spotte

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • Security measures added at SDCSC ST. LEON - Tom Harris, Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. support services director, gave trustees an update April 10 on the safety and security measures being added in the district. "Every school now has a sensor on the exterior doors, and we

    April 15, 2014

  • 'School safety is more than an active shooter' OSGOOD - A stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school that injured 22 is one of the most recent examples of school violence. Officials are constantly doing what they can to create a safe environment for the children. On April 3, school administrators,

    April 15, 2014