Many of the instruments played by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band, Inc. were the same instruments that were in service during battle and dress parades in 1861. Many of the horns played date from the Civil War era. Restoration of the original horns is a high priority so the melodies of the 19th century can be heard as they were during that time in history. Among the instruments used by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band, Inc. are valved bugles, cornets, and an assortment of alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxhorns and rope tension drums. The design of the horns introduces the audience to the assortment of instruments common in that period.