Photos from the Superior Victorian Festival

1st Nebraska Worships with Immanuel Lutheran

If you’re in the Benson area on Sunday morning November 25th, come worship at Immanuel Lutheran Church (60th and Maple) with the 1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band! We’ll be providing special music for the 8:15 and 10:15 services.

Our prelude is the Renaissance carol “Gaudete, Christus est natus” or Rejoice! Jesus is born. The refrain has an infectious rhythm and the verses have beautiful flowing melodies. The anthem will be “Angels We Have Heard On High” that features a short fugal section as well as the traditional cascading lines of “Gloria.” Gustav Holst’s carol “In the Bleak Midwinter” will be played as the offertory, and the postlude is Tchaikovsky’s well-known “Nutcracker March.”

You’ll notice that we’ve broken from our Civil War music mode. Brass players love Christmas music, so, we’re broadening our repertoire to have some musical fun during the holidays.

You can also hear the 1st Nebraska at the Durham Western Heritage Museum on Saturday, December 22nd, from 1:30 to 2:00 pm as we perform the above songs plus some other fine brass Christmas music.

Join us, won’t you!

Rainy Day at Ft. Atkinson

Sunday was the annual Washington County Heritage Days at Ft. Atkinson. If you live near Omaha you know it rained. That’s really a shame for this festival that’s trying to make its mark in Eastern Nebraska. The 1st Nebraska showed up to play as planned and discovered that there was no crowd, no vendors, and a bleak atmosphere.

In spite of the weather, the band played through its music for the organizers and staffers that had to brave the rain. Fortunately, we had a tent to play under, so that when it poured we remained dry.

Here are a few photos of the day taken by one of our tenor horn players, Jeff Ingraham. Jeff can be seen in the selfie. Another photo shows alto horn player Gary MIller talking with a re-enactor from Ft. Atkinson. Interesting mix of periods, Civil War and post War of 1812. Finally, you can also see the backside of our drummers, Bruce Chapman and Carl Highman. Bruce is playing our newly purchased rope tension snare drum.

Our outdoor season has concluded, but we hope to perform some Christmas music in the area in December. Keep watching for the announcements of time and place.

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.