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!

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.

Washington County Gives, November 28


I’m happy to announce that the 1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band will be one of the 501c3 non-profit organizations eligible to receive donations through Washington County Gives. The 24-hour charitable event will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, and 100% of the funds donated will be received by the designated organization. Online donations may be given at the day of the event.

1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band is a 15-member musical ensemble providing living history, education, and musical entertainment for the citizens of Nebraska and surrounding areas. The group portrays the band of the original 1st Nebraska Volunteer Infantry Regiment of 1861-1862. 1st Nebraska wears Union infantry uniforms and plays authentic musical arrangements taken from actual Civil War band books.
1st Nebraska has served Washington County through performances at Christ Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Communities Assisted Care, and in Ft. Calhoun at the Washington County Heritage Days. Other nearby performances in Nebraska include Bennington, Elkhorn, Plattsmouth, and Omaha. Nearby performances in Iowa include Logan and Woodbine.
Funds donated to 1st Nebraska will be used to support our Living History performances through the purchase of music, uniforms, and period musical instruments.

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.