2019 33rd Performances


The 2019 season opened with a performance at Lincoln's Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. This was the annual wreath-laying ceremony in honor of the 14th president, Abraham Lincoln as presented by the Sons of Union Veterans (SUV) of the Civil War. The ceremony took place on April 13 this year. President Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865 [see SUV Tomb album above].

May 4th was a two-performance day for the 33rd Band. A concert at the Strevell House in Pontiac, Illinois was presented in the morning. Then the band traveled to Morton, Illinois to perform for the Civil War Days Re-enactment at Southwood Park [see Pontiac & Morton album above].

The weekend of May 18-19 found the band performing several concerts at Naper Settlement in Naperville, Illinois. The band played at the gazebo, at the 1840's Meeting House for a Saturday night ball, and inside the 1870's Memorial Chapel for the Sunday morning church service. Dancing at the ball was enhanced by the talented dancers of the Central Illinois Civil War Dance Society [see Naperville album above].

Tuesday evenings the Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery hosted the band for the flag retreat ceremony in Springfield three times this summer. The band members enjoyed sitting under a shade tree and adding to the ambiance of the events on June 6, July 23, and August 20 [see Lincoln Tomb album above].

The band performed a concert at Westminster Village Retirement Home in Bloomington, Illinois on June 22. Band members were treated to a newly-renovated gathering area and were happy to see several friends who support the band regularly.

Concerts took place at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on July 20 and August 11. Band members enjoyed playing in the atrium for visitors from all over the world [see ALPM album above].

The Illinois State Fairground served as the venue for a performance on August 11. The band played under a tent just outside the Illinois Building.

A concert and street dance featured the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band at Lincoln's Home on August 31. Guests from all over the country enjoyed dances of the 1860's. Members of the Central Illinois Civil War Dance Society provided instruction and encouragement for all who were willing to try the steps.

The band returned to its roots at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, Illinois on September 14. Community members brought lawn chairs and enjoyed the music at the home of Judge David Davis who convinced Lincoln to run for the presidency.

On September 29, the band presented a concert at  All Saints Lutheran Church in Orland Park, Illinois. Members were treated to a fine meal afterward and enjoyed visiting with Pastor Don Borling and many members of the congregation.

A reunion of veterans who had traveled to Washington, D.C. on the “Honor Flights” from Springfield was hosted by the Honor Flight volunteers on November 2 at Lakeside Christian Church in Springfield. The band performed for an audience of about 300 for almost an hour. Then everyone enjoyed a delightful time of visiting and expressing gratitude to our veterans for their service to our country along with some delightful apple pie.

The band performed at the Vrooman Mansion Bed and Breakfast on East Taylor Street in Bloomington, Illinois on Dec. 7. This event was a fund-raiser to help the mansion owners raise money for repair of the stained glass windows. The Vrooman Mansion was built in part by an early Bloomington settler named Eliel Barber in 1869.  The Vrooman Mansion features 35 rooms along with a rich history including Vice-President Adlai Stevenson I under President Grover Cleveland in 1885 and two national presidents of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, Mrs. Adlai E. (Letitia Green) Stevenson I (1893-95 and 1896-98) and Mrs. Matthew T. Scott (Julia) (1909-1911). A daughter was married to Charles Bromwell, who was military attache' to President Theodore Roosevelt.

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