Rusty Ayers: Tenor, Baritone


After taking a long hiatus from music in favor of reenacting the American Revolution and the Civil War, Rusty decided to pick up a horn again after he realized it weighs much less than a musket, and musicians get better pay and benefits than infantrymen. A proud member of the Prospect High School Marching Knights and Southern Illinois University’s Marching Salukis, Rusty now plays in the 33rd and another Civil War band in Wisconsin.

Proving that you can never have enough period clothes, he reenacts with various other groups that interpret the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Blackhawk War, and sometimes helps run a period tavern on the side.

Rusty works in communications for the Air Line Pilots Association and lives in Huntley, Il with his wife Diane and an ever-changing menagerie of cats and fish. 

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