The 33rd’s web site found its way to the historian for the 15th Regiment of the United States Army, who had found a long-lost Civil War era song that had been composed for his regiment years ago. He sent a request to the band to record the song as a special surprise for the current 15th Regiment troops as part of their “Homecoming from Iraq” at Fort Benning, GA. After some music arranging work was done by a band member, a special rehearsal was held. The recording was made at Kingsley Junior High School in Normal, IL on May 4. The 33rd’s version of the “15th Regiment Quick March” by Charles Krause was sent to Virginia as our way of “supporting the troops”.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (ALPM) was the site for several performances during 2008. The 33rd Band played in the Atrium of the museum to greet tourists and to provide a glimpse into the sites and sounds of the days of President Lincoln. An outdoor summer stage play called “The Civil War” was presented at Union Square Park across the street from the museum with the 33rd Band providing the prelude music on July 15.
East Taylor Street in Bloomington, IL was transformed into a dance floor for a performance on June 28th as part of “An Historic Day in Dimmit’s Grove”. The neighborhood association sponsored this event on the grounds of the 1869 Vrooman Mansion to raise funds for neighborhood projects. Members of the Peoria-Metamora Dance Society used the street to show period dances to the strains of the 33rd Band. Afterward, members of the band gathered at a historic home built in 1853.
The 21st Re-enactment of “The Battle of Pea Ridge” at Keokuk, IA was another highlight of 2008. The 33rd Band performed on the grounds of Rand Park for pre-battle music, provided dance music for the ball, and took part in the memorial service on Sunday at the Keokuk National Cemetery. The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band is proud to have been an integral part of this event for several years.
Princeton, IL hosted its 11th annual “Shades of the Blue and Gray” on Oct. 11-12 at City-County Park. The 33rd Band performed at the battle scene, played for the period ball on the site of the re-enactors’ campground, and provided hymns for the church service under the shade trees of the park.
The final photos in our set were from the barbershop concert at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA). The 33rd provded a Prelude, Intermission, and Postlude for the concerts on Feb 23 and 24th.
Enjoy these photographs from 2008!