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Gettysburg’s 17th Annual Brass Band Festival June 14

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The Wildcat Band

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News Release Date: June 5, 2014
Contact: Evangelina Rubalcava, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3251

As part of the Gettysburg Festival, scheduled forJune 11 through 15, Gettysburg National Military Park will host the Wildcat Regimental Band on Saturday, June 14. The annual event, known as the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, is free and open to the public. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and shade umbrellas.

The Wildcat Regiment Band will perform a grand concert on the front lawn of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center at 2 p.m.and an evening concert at 6 p.m.at the Pennsylvania Memorial along Hancock Avenue.  The Wildcat Regiment Band represents the regimental band of the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The 105th Pennsylvania Regiment was recruited in 1861 from the "Wildcat" congressional district made up in part by Indiana and Jefferson Counties, Pennsylvania. With Bandmaster Bruno J. Pino conducting, this modern re-creation of the Wildcat Regiment Band utilizes original instruments and reproduction hand-made uniforms. 

Civil War bands started when each regiment of the armies tried to create its own musical organization. Most of America's town bands and other professional groups were mustered into service as were many groups of lesser abilities.  The soldiers loved to dance and sing and they played, or more often listened, to the fiddle, flute and banjo, but the brass band was the "now" music of the era.

For more information regarding the Wildcat Regiment concert, contact Park Ranger Evangelina Rubalcava, email:evangelina_rubalcava@nps.gov, or call (717) 334-1124 x3251. For information about the Gettysburg Festival go to http://www.gettysburgfestival.org.

Did You Know?

General George G. Meade

Major General George Gordon Meade was appointed to command the Union "Army of the Potomac" just three days before the battle of Gettysburg. He was honored in 1896 with an equestrian statue at Gettysburg National Military Park.