Concert in Stromsburg

1st Nebraska returns to Stromsburg Friday evening, July 6, 2018 for a First Friday Concert at 7:00 pm in the park on the city’s town square.

The band played last year as a part of Stromsburg’s Swedish Festival, participating both in the parade and an evening concert. We were pleased to receive an invitation to return as a part of the City’s First Friday Concert Series.

1st Nebraska will play a variety of musical styles all taken from the Civil War and middle of the Nineteenth Century. Our featured soloist is tenor James Lund who will sing a medley of Stephen C. Foster’s well known songs “I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” The band also will play the “Coronation March from Le Prophete” and the “Firemen’s Polka” in addition to standard patriotic repertoire.

Come on out tomorrow evening for this free concert in an very enjoyable setting.

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Community Band Festival

community band fest posterOmaha is going to host its first community Band Festival of the Midlands featuring some of the finest musicians in the greater metro area. The setting for the festival is the absolutely gorgeous Turner Park at Midtown Crossing in Omaha. There is a wonderful stage on which to perform and a large grassy area for the audience to sit and listen to the great music being played.

Reserve the date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 from noon to dusk. 1st Nebraska performs in the middle of the program at 3:00.

1st Nebraska Gets New Cornet

Our cornet section auditioned a new (for us) Martin SARV B-flat cornet today. We’re purchasing the instrument from a friend who has a surplus of restored instruments. This will make a fine addition to our band.

We had a round robin try-out for the instrument and discovered that it has a trumpet shank receiver, so most of our cornet mouthpieces don’t work. However, it has very nice compression in all three valves and responds very freely.

The instrument was manufactured in NY, and the maker’s plate gave the address where he produced instruments from 1871-1873 before moving to larger quarters. The horn has no spit valves, showing that it was made in the same pattern as Civil War instruments.

We look forward to hearing it in ensemble with our other vintage instruments.

Opening the Ken Burns Quilt Exhibit

1st Nebraska had a great time last Friday evening, February 2, 2018, performing for a large and appreciative audience at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln. We provided music for the opening of the Ken Burns quilt collection exhibition. Several new pieces for 2018 received their first performance, notably: Captain Shepherd’s Quickstep, The Fireman’s Polka, and The Girl I Left Behind Me.

Following our performance we had the opportunity to mingle with the crowd, and we received many compliments on our program. Here’s a couple of photos.

Friday, February 2nd in Lincoln, NE – 5:30

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We hope you will join us at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in celebrating the opening of “Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection” during First Friday on February 2. In addition to free admission to the galleries from 4-7 p.m., the 1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band will perform at 5:30 p.m.

About the Exhibition: Prolific film-maker and documentarian Ken Burns loves antique American quilts. To him, each of these textiles represents a moment in time and American history—a nexus of individuals and geography and culture that can never be fully recovered, but which is nevertheless represented in these strikingly graphic textile compositions. Burns is less concerned with the provenance and genealogy of his quilts than with their gestalt—both the visual impact they have on the viewer, and their implicit connections to life stories. Displayed alongside eloquent, anecdotal thoughts about quilts, collecting, and art and authenticity, Burns’ quilts function as his films do; they spark dialogue and remind people—he hopes—of their shared humanity.

About the Band: The 1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band recreates Nebraska’s original Civil War band of 1861-1862. The band performs authentic musical arrangements taken from Civil War regimental band books. Their program contains patriotic songs of both the North and the South, popular songs of the day, and opera excerpts. Many of the musicians hold music degrees, and several are retired military musicians and pubic school band directors. The band regularly performs at Civil War Events, Community Festivals, and Patriotic Observances in Nebraska and Western Iowa.