MUSIC CD – WILDCAT REGIMENTAL BAND, VOL. 3: MUSIC FROM THE PORT ROYAL BAND

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Recently released in July 2014 by the Wildcat Regimental Band, the regimental band of the 105th Pennsylvania Infantry. Recorded on location in the auditorium of Penns Manor High School in Clymer, PA between January and May 2013, using period brass and woodwind instruments manufactured prior to 1865.

The Wildcat Regiment Band today is comprised of musicians of all ages and from various professional backgrounds. Like their predecessors, the current bandsmen have been recruited from the same geographical area in Pennsylvania and come from all walks of life.

The Wildcat Band has performed for historic and civic events throughout the Eastern United States. National Park Service engagements include regular visits to Antietam, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, Manassas, and Monocacy. The Wildcats perform extensively in Western Pennsylvania and at musical festivals and other events in towns such as Bethlehem and Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Wheeling, West Virginia.  The band has been invited to perform in the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg as well as the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Wildcats have been fortunate to participate in musical events at the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The band also performs at 19th century balls, dances and cotillions. The band also conducts lectures and demonstrations that address the history of the 19th century brass band movement and the evolution of brass instruments.

Origins of the music on this CD:

From 1863 until the end of the Civil War, the 2nd Brigade Band, 10th Army Corps was stationed in South Carolina. Bandmaster Gustavus Ingalls recruited most of the members from New Hampshire.​ After the war, the band became known as the Port Royal Band and their handwritten band books as the Port Royal Band Books. Many of the selections were the product of preeminent composers and arrangers of the period, including David L. Downing, J. P. King, Harvey B. Dodsworth, and Claudio S. Grafulla. In addition to the standard brass instrumentation of a military band, the Port Royal Books include parts for Db piccolo, and Eb and Bb clarinets. Several pieces on this recording employ woodwinds as well as brass and percussion.

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