From the fields to the canteen, the American military bands inspired and entertained the troops and the public, at home and abroad.
The Americus Brass Band starts its century of musical favorites with polkas, quicksteps, and songs of the Civil War bands followed by the marches of America's greatest band-leader, John Philip Sousa. The first set ends with the popular music from the late 1800's, familiar to the Cowboy brass bands and the troops of the Spanish-American war.
After intermission, the sound shifts to the Ragtime beat of Lt. James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters 369th Infantry Band of World War I, followed by Major Glenn Miller's Swing from the Army Air Force band of World War II.
The grand finale honors veterans, military personnel, and their families, in a rousing Salute to the Services.
About the Band
The Americus Brass Band, under the direction of Richard Birkemeier, performs its faithful recreation of American best brass band music from the past in concerts and festivals throughout the U.S. The band’s film/TV credits includes on-screen appearances and/or soundtrack recordings for Disney’s Hidalgo, the Oscar-winning movie Glory, Gettysburg, The North and South, The Wild West, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
Educational performances. Master classes. Lecture-demonstrations.
William Tell Overture (excerpt)
Selections from Salute to the Services Medley
Sumter Light Guard March
Battle Cry of Freedom and Kingdom Coming Quickstep
Civil War music from 4th Georgia Regiment Band of the Confederate Army, the Port Royal Post Band, and others.
Cowboy Brass band music from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show Band and the Dodge City Cow-Boy Band.
The Americus Brass Band
Celebrate America with the Americus Brass Band and TOP BRASS
The 17-piece Americus Brass Band salutes the services and our veterans, with exhilarating music from America's past.
Singular in its ability to re-create the brilliant brass of the past, the Americus Brass Band performs on authentic brass instruments of the times.
That Moaning Trombone - James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters - WWI
Kingdom Coming Quickstep