Now Booking 2020 Performances

Hi Everyone,

Boy, it’s been quite a while since I posted here on 1st Nebraska’s online blog. We finished our 2019 season by recording for two days in November. We’re currently doing post-production on the songs and expect to have a new CD available in May

We’re currently booking performances for the upcoming 2020 season. We have accepted invitations to return to Superior, NE for their Victorian Days festival on Sunday, May 24th at 2:00 pm, and to return to Fremont, NE for the John C Fremont Days on Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 pm. We’re also in negotiations for a performance in Des Moines, IA this summer.

If you know of a festival, reenactment, or other event where historic music would be welcome please mention us to them. Give them our website address so that they can view videos and listen to audio files, and also give them our contact information ( or 402.575.8220).

We look forward to seeing many of our friends again this summer and to playing some new pieces for you!

Party Like It’s 1880!

On Saturday evening, August 24, 2019, Joslyn Castle, the former residence of George and Sarah Joslyn, in Omaha, Nebraska, held an 1880s style Summer Fete. On the grounds were lawn games like croquet and badminton, and dinner tents for a royal feast.

The event was a recreation of a fete that the Joslyns held for their neighbors back in the late nineteenth century. According to the Joslyn Castle website: “The original Summer Fete featured a Russian tea room, fortune tellers, lawn games, refreshments, and music from the military brass band on loan from Fort Crook.” The 1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band provided the period music to help bring the event to life.

We greatly enjoyed playing at the castle, and the temperatures in the low 70s made our wool coats very comfortable. We were greeted by a lawyer who had played trombone in high school. He asked why there were no trombones in our recreated Civil War band, and we commented on the dusty roads on which the armies marched that were death to trombone slide mechanisms due to all the grit that would grind away on the metal surfaces.

Another visitor from New York State commented that we were playing “America’s music,” and that none of the European countries of the nineteenth century performed American patriotic and popular songs.

All in all it was a great evening for the attendees and the band alike.

Vintage Wheels at the Fort – August 18th

It’s time for Ft. Omaha’s annual auto show; and what a show it is! Not only do you get classic cars from the ’50s, but there are cars from the 1920s and maybe even the 1910s. You can even get an old car ride at the show.

The 1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band provides old-time music to go with the old-time cars in the Douglas County Historical Society’s annual car show. Held this year on Sunday, August 18, the band will kick-off its program at noon.

In addition to cars and music, there are some good eats to be had! The aroma of freshly grilled sausage always wafts through the air making everyone’s mouth water.

So come out to Ft. Omaha on Sunday the 18th and enjoy some good music, good food, and see some great old cars! The event is free!

Wessels Farm Saturday

Join the 1st Nebraska this Saturday, August 10, at Wessels Living History Farm in York, NE. We’re playing for their annual Summer Fair and we begin at noon on the porch of the farm house.

Wessels Farm is located on Rte. 81 just south of the I-80 interchange.

Plenty to see and do at this free event.

July 13th Performances in Council Bluffs and Fremont

Next up for 1st Nebraska are 2 gigs on Saturday, July 13th.

We begin the day in Council Bluffs, IA as we kickoff Railroad Days and the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. We’ll play in Bayliss Park from 10:30-11:00.

Then on to Fremont, NE where we play for the annual John C Fremont Days. We’ll be in the Chautauqua Tent from 1:00-2:00. Lots of fun family activities and good fair food. Get your sausage and come to the tent for some good old band music.

New music for 2019 includes The Empress Quickstep by Grafulla, and the return of some favorites in Omaha Guards Waltz by Edmund Dworak and Tenting On the Old Campground by Kitteridge. We still have plenty of your Civil War favorites like Dixie, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and Battle Hymn of the Republic.