Civil War Bands

Civil War Bands

April 25, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Hilton Woodcliff Lake - Amphitheater
Woodcliff Lake

In late 1861, one of every forty-one Union Soldiers was in a band.  By February, 1862, all Union regimental bands were mustered out of service.  Many brass instruments used in Civil War band had bells that faced backwards.  Clarinets were very rare in bands of that period. Bands sometimes played during combat on the battlefield.

These and many other items of interest will be discussed by historian and bandsman Edmund A. Moderacki  as he presents his talk on Civil War bands. The presentation will cover the history of Union and Confederate bands, instruments, organizational structure and music with period photographs and recorded performances by recreated military bands.

Several handouts will be available at the conclusion of the presentation including a listing of available recordings by recreated civil war bands and a list of modern band arrangements of Civil War era music.

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