Brass from the Past!
The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band Inc. was re-created in 1996, by musicians from Central Illinois. Like the original band, the musicians were recruited from the same geographical area in Illinois and come from all walks of life. The band is an authentic re-creation of the actual Civil War Era band that was mustered at State Normal University in 1861.
The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band has performed for historic programs, school events, and civic events throughout the Midwest, including many performances in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. The band also plays at military balls and conducts educational programs that address the history of the Civil War era brass band movements and the evolution of brass instruments. The band's uniforms, sewn from natural wool fibers, are authentic in every detail and are patterned from actual specimens worn by the Union soldier. The authenticity in dress presents the audience with the most accurate appearance possible.
Performances of Distinction
2015: 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Funeral, Springfield, IL
2014: Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL
150th Anniversary Davis County Guerrilla Raid, Bloomfield, IA
2013: 150th Anniversary of the "Siege of Vicksburg" Vicksburg, MS
2012: 25th Anniversary Civil War Reenactment, Keokuk, IA
2011: "First Manassas" 150th Anniversary, Manassas, VA
2010: Gettysburg & Antietam National Battlefields
2009: Glen Ellyn, IL Founder’s Ball
2008: “Railsplitter Ball”, Lincoln, IL
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Springfield, IL
2007: Dedication of Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
St. Louis, MO
2006: 100th Anniversary Re-dedication of the Illinois Monument
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
2005: 55th Presidential Inaugural Parade, Washington, D.C.
2004: President Grant's Birthday Celebration, Galena, IL
The Great Circus Parade, Milwaukee, WI;
2003: Illinois Education Association Convention, Springfield, IL
National Civil War Band Festivals, Campbellsville, KY
2002: McLean County Physicians Association Annual Dinner,
Bloomington Country Club, Bloomington, IL
2001: Courthouse Christmas Ball, Old Courthouse, St. Louis, MO
2000: Civil War Reenactment Wilson’s Creek Battlefield,
1999: "Once Upon a Holiday", McLean County Courthouse Museum,
1998: Military Ball/Reenactment, Clinton, IA
1997: Civil War Reenactment Ball, Billie Creek Village, Rockport, IN
1996: Lincoln's New Salem Historic Site, New Salem, IL
1995: 1858 Political Rally Reenactment, David Davis Mansion
Historical Site, Bloomington, IL