Concert Music

Echoes of the Civil War

When: Sun., May 27, 7:30 p.m. 2012

More than drums and fifes. If you've got family members who participate in Civil War re-enactments, you've probably heard your fair share of amateur attempts at playing music from the era. But the Eighth Regiment Band of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry, formed in 1986 by members of the Rome (Ga.) Symphony Orchestra, is a group of serious musicians striving for historical accuracy with tubas, horns, bugles, and other period-appropriate instruments.

They play for both sides. The original Band of the Eighth Regiment was formed by Georgia volunteer infantry and served from Manassas in 1861 to Appomattox in 1865. For the sake of exposure to Northern audiences, the modern-day band has also been known to don Union blue uniforms and perform as the Band of the 8th New York National Guard.

An ideal setting. Think about it: A Civil War band playing at the Battery, a crucial landmark in the beginning of that bloody conflict, during the sesquicentennial anniversary of the war. It's an enriching experience, and it doesn't cost you a dime.

Paul Bowers

Price: Free

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