Fellow travelers Jim and Janice Dressler pointed out the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, famous for its ducks which are found at the fountain in the lobby of this grand hotel. Needless to say, many of our entourage visited the ducks and saw them march off to their special quarters at the end of the day. By chance, our featured Sousa march for the trip was “King Cotton” which is the very same composition used to march the ducks.
Another fun place was Schwab’s on Beale Street which is an old time store with three floors of nearly everything imaginable. Those in the band who collect antique band instruments enjoyed all the old cornets, trumpets, alto horns, trombones and tubas which the shops and juke joints used as decorations.
Friday was the last day for Memphis and everyone made one last trip to Beale Street, the great downtown restaurants and to the shops in the vicinity of Graceland. Judging from the Elvis souvenirs, items of all sort from Beale Street, the hotel bill and restaurants frequented, the BCB and friends contributed highly to the Memphis economy. It was a super trip and the sixth such musical tour planned by Melanie for the Brazil Concert Band since 1998. Not only did the band perform greatly but it also served as a musical ambassador for Brazil, Clay County, the Wabash Valley and the state of Indiana.
Thank you - thank you very much!
Brazil Concert Band