Brass Choir plays Civil War inspired music

The Wartburg Brass Choir performing Civil War music for Veteran's Day. —Paul Bossua/TRUMPET
The Wartburg Brass Choir performing Civil War music for Veteran’s Day. —Paul Bossua/TRUMPET

This Veteran’s Day, the Wartburg Brass Choir performed a concert was certainly unique and featured instruments that were similar to ones used in the American Civil War, Scott Muntefering, director of the brass choir, said.

The concert took place in the Bachman Fine Arts Center Orchestra Hall, and was hosted by Muntefering.

The Brass Choir performed selections from President Lincoln’s Own Band, a uniformed military-based ensemble that uses original period instruments.

“The group itself, President Lincoln’s Own Band, is getting a growing reputation as being the go-to Civil War band so I thought if any group we should steal music from, it should be them,” Muntefering said.

Adapting to the instruments that were different from the ones they used regularly and sounding different from their usual sound was the major hurdles the brass choir faced, Muntefering said.

“We had to listen to examples on YouTube and iTunes of what the sound should sound like and not make it sound like what we usually play,” Muntefering said.

Muntefering and the brass choir opened the concert with a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” followed by “Hail Columbia.”

“This is the 200th anniversary of the national anthem so we are trying recreate that sound and commemorate the national anthem,” A.J. Skinner, a member of the ensemble, said.

After the performance, Muntefering gave the audience a brief history of the brass bands that played on the frontline of the civil war and the instruments they used back then.

Other selections performed by the brass choir included “We Are Coming Father Abra’am,” “Battle Cry of Freedom” and “My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight”.

The concert was concluded with the performance of “Red, White and Blue” which was greeted by a standing ovation from the audience at the end.

“I liked it. I thought it was interesting to hear the Civil War period music and as a music education major it was interesting to hear a sound that we don’t normally hear because of the instrumentation,” Cole Hauptman said.

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