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  • Excelsior Cornet Band to play in Penn Yan Nov. 9

  • Authentic Civil War music featuring the Excelsior Cornet Band of Syracuse will be heard at the Penn Yan Methodist Church at Main and Chapel Streets at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9.
    If you go
    WHAT Excelsior Cornet Band Concert
    WHEN 7 p.m. Nov. 9
    Where Penn Yan Methodist Chruch
    MORE INFO $5 donation is suggested
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  • Authentic Civil War music featuring the Excelsior Cornet Band of Syracuse will be heard at the Penn Yan Methodist Church at Main and Chapel Streets at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9.
    The Excelsior Cornet Band is New York State's only authentic Civil War brass band. Founded in 2001, the band consists of a group of upstate New York musicians dedicated to the performance of original Civil War music on actual antique brass band instruments of the 1860's period.
    Recreating the glorious sounds and appearance of this pivotal period in American history, the band performs the most popular melodies of the 1850-1870 period, as well as patriotic airs, operatic medleys, marches, and dance music by the era's most renowned composers and bandmasters. All of the band's musical arrangements come from the band books of Civil War era bands, or are arranged from the original Civil War era sheet music.
    The musicians of the Excelsior Cornet Band are professional performers with many years of experience in a wide variety of musical genres. They perform with an enthusiasm and polish that brings the music of the Civil War band era to life. Their uniforms authentically and accurately represent those of a typical early-war New York State Militia band.
    During its nine years of performing, the Excelsior Cornet Band has presented concerts, educational programs, and living history portrayals for a wide variety of organizations and municipalities.
    No other musical group in NYS can recreate the glorious sounds and appearance of the Civil War brass band era with such accuracy and authenticity. The Excelsior Cornet Band and the Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society are proud to present the music of this important period in American history as part of their commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
    For more information, call the YCGHS office at 315-536-7318. This event is funded in part with public funds from the NYS Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, which is administered locally by Phelps Arts Center.

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