Plattsmouth Concert – June 18


On a searingly hot night in Plattsmouth, NE the 1st Nebraska performed before a very appreciative audience. The extreme heat kept some folks away, and we would have like to have joined them in the air conditioning, but we were happy to play for those that braved the weather.

p1The Plattsmouth Main Street Association has created a wonderful concert venue where all kinds of musical groups perform from rock bands, country bands, jazz combos, and concert bands throughout the summer. June 18th was our second visit and we were happy to renew acquaintances from last year.


The band played its 2016 program that includes many popular Civil War songs like Dixie, p2Yankee Doodle, and Battle Hymn. We also played some popular songs of the day including Stephen C. Foster’s “Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming,” Septimus Winner’s “Listen to the Mocking Bird,” and “When This Cruel War is Over.” Featured music on this program was the Soldiers’ March from the opera Faust by Gounod, The Freischutz Quickstep based on themes from Weber’s opera by Claudio Graffula, The Hunter’s Chorus from the opera The Rose of Erin by Julius Benedict. The band premiered an arrangement of The Omaha Guards Waltz by Omaha piano teacher and Lieutenant in the Omaha Guards, Edward Dworzak.

We had a great time, in spite of the heat, and look forward to returning to Plattsmouth again soon. The 1st Nebraska plays next on Sunday, July 10 in Fremont, NE for the annual John C Fremont Days. We’ll be in the Chautauqua Tent at 3:30. Come out and hear us!

Memorial Day 2016

I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. But even more, I hope that you took time to pay respect to all the men and women of our armed services who paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives so that we might enjoy our freedoms.

1st Nebraska didn’t perform for any of the memorial services yesterday, but several members of our group did. Some of our cornet players sounded taps at area cemeteries, and three of our members performed in the band at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Omaha.

1NVBB members, Bruce Chapman, Bill Hall, and Dave Krecek at Prospect Hill

Prospect Hill is the pioneer cemetery for Omaha. Here’ its historical marker.image

One of those buried at Prospect Hill is a member of the original 1st Nebraska Regimental Band, Charles Emil Burmester. He was born in Germany on 29 June 1844, and immigrated to the United States along with his parents through the port of New Orleans in 1857. Burmester enlisted in the 1st Nebraska Infantry in June 1861 and was assigned to the Regimental Band where he was a Musician, 3rd Class. He was discharged along with the rest of the band in August 1862 when the Union Army disbanded all regimental bands. He then served in Company K. Following the Civil War, Burmester settled in Omaha, married on 20 May 1871 to Mary Meyer, and eventually became president of the Omaha Barbed Wire Company. Burmester was a member of GAR Posts 7 and 110 in Omaha, and served as state Adjutant General in 1896-1897. Charles E. Burmester died on 17 February 1916.