Indiana Brass Band Presents Concert as Part of TrumpetFest 2017

Posted on 2/4/2017 10:19:22 AM

TrumpetFest 2017 will conclude on Sunday, February 12, with a performance by the Indiana Brass Band.

The original Indiana Brass Band was in existence as early as 1842. Typical of a town band of the early and mid-19th century, the Indiana Brass Band served the community by providing music for variety of public and private events. When the Civil War started, many members of the band joined up with other local musicians to form the Wildcat Regiment Band, the regimental band of the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.

The Indiana Brass Band today is comprised of musicians of all ages and from various professional backgrounds. The current musicians perform on a variety of original brass instruments dating from the early to mid-19th century. All of the music is original to the period, and the band performs a unique collection of social, sacred, patriotic, and military music of 19th-century America. The Indiana Brass Band is conducted by B.J. Pino. 

Indiana Brass Band at Harpers FerryThe modern Indiana Brass Band has performed for historic and civic events throughout the eastern United States, including Gettysburg National Military Park, Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park, the C&O Canal National Historical Park sites at Cumberland, Maryland, Georgetown and Great Falls, Virginia, and the National Park Service sites of the Allegheny Portage Railroad in Gallitzin and Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. The band has also performed lectures and demonstrations for audiences attending academic conferences and for other specific study groups exploring 19th-century American music and culture. These presentations include events at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky; and the Genteel Arts Conference in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

The cornets and saxhorns played by the Wildcat Band today were the same instruments that were in service during battle and dress parades in 1861. All of the horns played date from the Civil War era, some as early as 1845. Restored with the skill of a true craftsman, these instruments are once again playing the melodies heard more than a century ago.

This concert will include several marches or quick steps, an overture, and sacred music. Two of the pieces on the program will be the world premier of the Saxhorn Band accompaniments. Ralph Dudgeon is the featured Bb key bugle soloist on these selections.

Follow this link for more information about IUP TrumpetFest 2017.

This program is free and open to the general public. For more information about these and other events sponsored by the IUP Music Department, please call 724-357-2390 or visit the Music Department website.