Mission: We are dedicated to "make history live" for audiences across america by performing music of america's civil war era on antique brass band instruments, and to preserve the musical heritage of that period by collecting and restoring those instruments.
Programs: The band is committed to two primary goals - to re-create to the fullest extent possible all aspects of the military and community brass bands of the 1860s and to do so in a manner that is entertaining and accessible to the modern audience. Attired in period uniforms and gowns, the band's musicians, color guard and vivandieres take their audiences back to the 1860's and breathes life into history by performing authentic music on actual antique instruments. Musical selections are combined with narrated accounts, anecdotes, letters and tales of the times. The foundation has acquired and maintains an extensive, exceptional collection of rare antique brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, one of the finest, most extensive playing collections in the nation. It has also developed a fine library of music selected from the books of union and confederate bands, from manuscripts and original sheet music of the period. The band has recorded fifteen volumes of historic music. Performances include historical programs, parades, circle concerts, joint concerts with school bands and period dances. In 2014, the band celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the current 1st brigade band.