The Federal City Brass Band will be taking part of the recreation of the Grand Review of The Union Armies on May 17, 2015
The Federal City Brass Band, founded in 2002 by Jari Villanueva recreates the sound and appearance of a regular U.S. Army regimental brass band of the 1860s. With the exception of some reproduction rope-tension drums, all of the instruments used by The Federal City Brass Band are originals dating to the mid 19th century, and come from the collections of band members and from the Mark A. Elrod Collection. The sources of the music the band plays include original band journals and sheet music of the Civil War era.
Members of The Federal City Brass Band are professional musicians, music educators, historians and re-enactors, and collectively represent some of the finest brass and percussion players in the Civil War music field today. The band is based in Baltimore, Maryland, but some members travel from as far away as parts of New York State, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania for rehearsals and performances.
Since the formation of the band, the Federal City Brass Band has performed extensively through-out the east coast. Each year the band participates in the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies in Gettysburg, PA.
Since the beginning of the 150th anniversary commemorations of the Civil War the Federal City Brass has been busy with concerts and re-enactments. Most notably have been the appearances at the Arlington House during the past 10 years. The band performed at the evening open house held at the House, ceremonies in the cemetery and played at the reopening of the Custis-Lee Mansion in 2013.
A highlight was the band’s participation in the 50th anniversary of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
The band played for the commemorations marking the start of the Civil War in Baltimore in April
Concert in Bethlehem, PA and Alexandria, VA
Concerts at Fort Monroe, VA and 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ox Hill in Va. The band also played at the Richmond Forum
The band played at the rededication of the Arlington House (The Custis-Lee House) at Arlington National Cemetery and performed concerts in Charlestown , WV. The band traveled to Northfield, MN to perform at the Brass Band Festival. The Band also sponsored a “Battle of the Bands” which brought 50 Civil War brass players to Gettysburg.
Members of the band played in several recording sessions.
Members of the band filmed an appearance on “House of Cards” which premiered on Nextflix in Feb 2014
The Band performed in Rockville MD, and at concerts at Fort Washington and Fort Ward as well as the annual Gettysburg Remembrance Day events.
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