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May 7, 2017 Sunday

 1st Brigade Band – Watch Video Promo Sunday, May 7, 2017  •  2 pm In 1864 eighteen men from the Brodhead Brass Band enlisted in the Union Army as the band of the 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 15th Army Corps. They left their rural Wisconsin homes to participate, under the command of General William T. Sherman, in the campaigns of Northern Georgia and the Carolinas. The “Tradition of Excellence” that these men established, more than 130 years ago lives on today with the members of Wisconsin’s 1st Brigade Band. The band MAKES HISTORY LIVE by presenting period brass band music, performed on antique instruments. Attired in uniforms and gowns, the Band’s musicians, color guard, and costumed ladies take you back to the 1860’s; to that turbulent era known as the Civil War. A nostalgic portrayal of the atmosphere of days gone by is generated by a unique form of showmanship that blends the sights and sounds of the period with historical anecdotes. More than eighty (80) volunteers, men and women, make up the 1st Brigade Band. Widely varied in age and occupation, they come from many communities, bringing with them a common interest in their musical heritage. During a typical year, they will meet their audience more than forty times, in concerts, parades, military balls, and worship services, presenting their educational and entertaining programs. While the abundant written and pictorial materials remain, the mellow sounds of the brass bands of the 1860’s were lost until the 1st Brigade Band, starting in 1964, began to locate and restore the dented and broken instruments and to retrieve and reconstruct the yellowed and torn music. Through their work you can now hear what Presidents Lincoln and Davis, Generals Lee and Grant, and their contemporaries heard. The 1st Brigade Band has recorded in the MAKING HISTORY LIVE series, the most complete anthology of Civil War Music ever attempted. High fidelity stereo LP records, cassettes and compact discs of Union and Confederate band and vocal music are available at performances of the 1st Brigade Band, historic site gift shops, and mail order. The 1st Brigade Band is an affiliate of the Wisconsin...

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CAL Center Presents Inc is a 501 c( 3 ) non-profit organization. Ticket sales and grants only partially fund our season of programming. Sponsors for the season, individual shows, and private donations are essential to the success of this organization. If you wish to sponsor our next season or an event, please contact Dawn Webber at 608-524-2372. If you wish to make a donation to CAL Center Presents Inc please send a check to E2681 Green Knoll, LaValle, WI 53941. $250+ Benefactor $100 – $249 Partner $50 – $99 Patron Up to $49 Contributor DONATE TODAY! All contributions are dedicated to programming expenses and are gratefully acknowledged in our show programs. We are so very thankful for the generosity received in past years. Please consider a gift to CAL Center Presents Inc.     We would like to thank all of our sponsors again for their...

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  • May 7, 2017 Sunday

     1st Brigade Band – Watch Video Promo Sunday, May 7, 2017  •  2 pm In 1864 eighteen men from the Brodhead Brass Band enlisted in the Union Army as the band of the 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 15th Army Corps. They left their rural Wisconsin homes...

  • Support

    CAL Center Presents Inc is a 501 c( 3 ) non-profit organization. Ticket sales and grants only partially fund our season of programming. Sponsors for the season, individual shows, and private donations are essential to the success of this organization. If you wish to...