The First Brigade Band of Watertown, Wis., originated in Brodhead in 1864. The band marched with General William Tecumsah Sherman and became his favorite band. (As a side note, one very popular song of the period that was associated with Sherman was Marching through Georgia.)
Making their first-ever Rockford area performance, the band is the oldest recreated Civil War brass band. They play original music from band books of the period on original antique instruments with men in period uniforms and ladies dressed in beautiful gowns of the day.
The auditorium at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. in downtown Rockford will be the place to be Sunday afternoon, Nov. 12 as the band will give a full concert program that day titled The Soldier Remembered through music popular during the War between the States. The performance will begin at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:15 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. Info: 969-1999.
Prior to appearing at Memorial Hall, a performance will also be given that morning at Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park, and members will participate in the mornings service.
From the Nov.8-14, 2006, issue