2016: Naperville, Waterloo and more

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View photos from the 33rd’s 2016 Season and read about our performances and events below.  


Lincoln’s Tomb and Presidential Museum. The 2016 season opened with the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band furnishing music for the wreath-laying ceremony sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Representatives of many organizations from several states participated at Lincoln's Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois on April 16.


The band appeared at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois on April 16, 2016. The atrium of the museum was filled with the music of the 1860's as the band provided a glimpse into that time period to all who came to see the museum that afternoon.


Delavan’s Civil War Days included musical renditions by the 33rd Band by way of “circle concerts” on the battlefield and in the shelter at Delavan Lake Park. The band supplied music for the ball in the evening much to the delight of dancers and townspeople alike and also had a nice turnout for the Sunday morning church service.


Naper Settlement in Naperville. The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band embarked on its premier appearance at the Naper Settlement in Naperville, Illinois the weekend of May 21-22. The band performed concerts near the 1890's bandstand and enjoyed visiting a variety of historical buildings and programs. Band members toured the Century Memorial Chapel from the 1870's and played for the church service there on Sunday morning. Dance music was provided at the Meeting House of the 1840's on Saturday night. Other sites on the grounds include the Schulz Building, Blacksmith Shop, Firehouse, Naper Haight House, and Martin Mitchell Mansion.


ISU Summer Quad Concert and more. The band performed for an encampment at Springfield, Illinois on June 11 and at the Tomb of Abraham Lincoln on June 14 and July 19. An outdoor concert on the campus of Illinois State University as part of their summer Quad Concert Series was presented on the 4th of July.


Waterloo, Illinois. August 6 found the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band traveling to Waterloo, Illinois to participate in the 200th anniversary “Bicentennial-Palooza” of Monroe County. The band presented a concert at the bandstand in the afternoon and furnished period tunes for a street dance in the early evening. Waterloo was alive with activity, various historical encampments, and reenactors from throughout the state. Members of the band enjoyed visiting and learning about Monroe County from Steve and Margaret Loomis, who are now residents of Waterloo.


Illinois State Fair.  On August 21st the band reported to its station in front of the Illinois Building at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois. The band played two concerts in the afternoon under the tent just inside Gate 11.


The C. Roland Hill Dedication at Westminster Village Retirement Home was the scene of the final concert for the 2015-2016 season. Members are grateful to the staff and residents of Westminster for allowing them to rehearse there during the off-season. The performance on October 23 was dedicated to C. Roland Hill, our beloved piccolo player who passed away in April.

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