Jim Achenbach: Assistant Bandmaster, Bb Cornet

Jim Achenbach, a retired engineer and graduate of the University of Illinois, resides in Collinsville, Illinois with his wife Patti.  He is an Eagle Scout and is very active in his community. Jim's ancestral roots run deep in Illinois history.  His family tree includes Civil War veterans from both the Illinois 7th Cavalry and Illinois 41st Infantry including Great Uncle George Washington Hendrickson of Fayette County who was killed in action at Shiloh and his brother Thomas Franklin Hendrickson who died of wounds received just weeks earlier at Fort Donelson.

Jim currently plays Eb Cornet with the 33rd and previously played both Bb Cornet and Eb Alto Horn. He has an interest in the history of American brasswind makers.  He has an extensive personal 19th century instrument collection and is involved in researching and maintaining the band's original period instruments.

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