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Gettysburg Civil War Music Muster

Friday, August 17, 2012 to Saturday, August 18, 2012

Performances by authentic Civil War musicians will fill the air on August 17 and 18 at Gettysburg National Military Park during the 18th Annual Gettysburg Music Muster.  This one-of-a-kind music muster, much of it played on original instruments, includes songs of balladeers, Victorian dance music and dance performances, along with fifes, banjo, mandolin, and more.

This free, public event is sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation.

The Gettysburg Music Muster will include performances by the Susquehanna Travellers who will be performing with the Victorian Dance Ensemble as well as solo.  The Victorian Dance Ensemble will call and perform several dance numbers of the era in Victorian dress.  Their grand finale will include audience participation.  The 46th Pennsylvania Regiment Band, also known as the Logan Guards, will perform in the muster for their fourth time.  This twelve member band plays historical instruments of the day.

Additional performers are:  

David Kincaid, the Irish Volunteer, is recognized as both a musician and historian.

The Irish Volunteers Civil War Band from Western New York will return for their second year. Though all four members have long backgrounds in Folk and Celtic Music, they have been performing Civil War era music since 2007.

The Libby Prison Minstrels, from Richmond, Virginia, are returning for their second visit.  They take their name from the infamous Prison of the Civil War and they represent a musical group that managed to purchase instruments from the ‘outside’ and put on shows that were a respite from the hardships of prison life.

The 5th Michigan Regiment Band is an authentic recreation a Civil War band that was in service in 1861 at Fort Wayne in Detroit Michigan.  Their entourage includes color guards, women dressed in period clothing and they perform on Civil War antique and replica Saxhorns and wooden drums.

Events begin Friday, August 17, with afternoon performances in the Ford Education Center of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.  At 2:30 p.m. David Kincaid plays.  At 3:30 p.m. The Libby Prison Minstrels play.  At 4:30 p.m. the Irish Volunteers play.

On Saturday, all performances begin at 9:30 a.m. on the Museum and Visitor Center patio.  Extended performances will begin at 10:15 a.m., just outside the Museum and Visitor Center under the tent.   Performances continue at the Dobbin House Restaurant Courtyard on Steinwehr Avenue from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and at the Pennsylvania Monument from 6:00 p.m. until sundown.

The Museum and Visitor Center performance site is sunny, so bring umbrellas, lawn chairs and blankets to spread on the grass.  Outdoor musical performances may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  

Event Type: Town-wide Event
Event Time: Daily
Location:Gettysburg National Military Park
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