John C Fremont Days 2015

On a very hot Sunday morning, 1st Nebraska played a concert of authentic Civil War era music the in Chautauqua Tent of the John C Fremont Days Festival. It seems that the weather is always above 90 degrees for the annual festival in Fremont, NE.

Playing with a reduced complement in the Chautauqua Tent. Still sounded great!
Playing with a reduced complement in the Chautauqua Tent. Still sounded great!

Several regular players could not perform because the time for our concert had been shifted to the morning. Another player was in the hospital undergoing emergency gall bladder surgery. We wish her a speedy recovery. Fortunately, we had lead parts covered on all instruments, and the band still sounded great!

Prior to our performance we met Major General John C. Fremont and he paused for some photos with the band. As you might expect, the city is named after the “Pathfinder” who, along with Kit Carson, explored much of the western territories.

1st Nebraska poses with MG Fremont prior to our concert.
1st Nebraska poses with MG Fremont prior to our concert.
Major General John C Fremont and Band Leader Bill Hall outside the Chautauqua Tent.
Major General John C Fremont and Band Leader Bill Hall outside the Chautauqua Tent.

The original 1st Nebraska Volunteer Infantry Regiment was assigned to Gen. Fremont’s command for its first engagements in Missouri. There they first met and served under future General of the Armies and President, Ulysses S. Grant.

We enjoyed performing at the festival this morning, but are glad to be resting in our air conditioned homes this afternoon.

The 1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band next performs in Omaha for the  Vintage Auto Show at the Douglas County Historical Society on Sunday, August 16, at 11:30 AM.

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