Monday, April 14, 2008

Form your own Band!

Here is a pod cast on how to form your very own Civil War Brass Band! The talk is being given by Dan Woolpert, a member of the Heritage Military Music Foundation. Get to it

Educational Video

Here is a great educational video about Civil War Brass Bands recorded by the Federal City Brass Band. Enjoy!

Coburn Brass Quintet

The Coburn Brass Quintet is a group dedicated to the performance of Civil War Music. Here is a link to their web site:

National Association of Civil War Brass Music

The National Association of Civil War Brass Music is a non-profit organization formed to "collect, preserve and make available for research and performance both the music and the instruments of American brass bands of the mid-19th century, particularly military bands and bugles of the American Civil War, and to present such music in public performances for the purpose of educating the general public and furthering public awareness and understanding of this important part of our American cultural heritage." Here is a link to their web site:

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

National Music Museum

Here is a link to the Graese Gallery of the National Music Museum on the campus of North Dakota University. They have a large collection of Civil War era instruments, as well as all sorts of other instruments.

MP3s of Civil War Music

Here is a great site with lots of MP3s of Civil War music. While all of these are songs and not band music, it is important to realize the importance of popular songs as well as the band music of the era.

Library of Congress Civil War Sheet Music Collection

If you are ever looking for music from the Civil War Era this is the best source there is. The Library of Congress has the largest colloection of Civil War sheet music in the nation. You can search by subject, title or author. Here is the link.

Monday, April 7, 2008

CD Review: Rock of Erin: 69th Pennsylvania Irish Volunteers

The 69th Pennsylvania Irish Volunteers was a regiment from Eastern Pennsylvania made up of Irish immigrants. The 69th Pennsylvania Irish Volunteers Band is a reenactment group that specializes in a combination of Irish songs and traditional civil war era music. Their latest cd, Rock of Erin, leans far more towards Irish music more than Civil War music. There is also more of a "pop" element to the tracks. If you are a fan of Irish music this is a nice cd, but if you are looking for more traditional Civil War music this is probably not what you want.

Field Musicians during the Civil War

During the Civil War there was a distinction between the band musicians that is discussed at length om this blog, and the fifes, buglers, and drummers that comprised the field musicians. While the bands of the Civil War were use for entertainment purposes, the field musicians had a much more practical purpose, as a way of communication during the actual battles. Here is a link to a video of pictures of field musicians from the war set to music. Enjoy!

2003 National Civil War Band Festival

Here is a video from the 2003 Civil War Brass Band Festival. The video is actually more of a montage with the famous tune Shenandoah as the background music. Enjoy!