2012: Anniversary of Delavan, Illinois

This year marked the 175th anniversary of the town of Delavan, Illinois. The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band performed for an anniversary ball at the Delavan Lake Park. The music flowed from the large open-air shelter full of dancers. Civil War era tents were pitched just over the hill from the main area. And a cannon- firing provided a brief diversion from dancing. A short parade through town featured Mayor Liz Skinner and President and Mrs. Lincoln in a horse and carriage. Attendance at Delavan was estimated at about 600 people from Central Illinois and other nearby states. Perhaps this will become an annual event!

In addition to this inaugural event, the 33rd Band provided music at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield during the weekend of Lincoln's birthday. 

The band was once again an integral part of Civil War Days festivities at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, IL in July. The band also provided music for a fund-raiser for the Mansion at the Bloomington Country Club in October.

Keokuk, Iowa was the scene of the "Battle of Chickasaw Bayou" and the "Battle of Champion Hill" in April, reenacting two conflicts at Vicksburg, Mississippi. The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band provided concerts in beautiful Rand Park, which was transformed into a Civil War encampment. The band played for the Saturday night military ball and for the Sunday morning memorial and worship services at Keokuk National Cemetery. The Keokuk reenactment was a "commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War."

The "Shadows of the Blue and Gray" event at Princeton, IL took place October 13-14, 2012 at City County Park in Princeton. This was the 15th annual reenactment. The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band performed and marched in a parade in the park and played concerts during the day. The band played for the Saturday evening period dance at City County Park and played hymns for the church service on Sunday morning. 


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