Civil War Bands

Civil War Bands

Did you know … If Civil War soldiers had free time in the evening, they liked to visit with each other and talk about news from home. Army bands often played in the evening, and everyone enjoyed the free concerts. Military bands were brass and percussion instruments Usually Civil War bands contained the following instruments: cornet, saxhorn, alto horn, tenor horn, Bass, side drum, bass drum, cymbals, piccolo, flute and clarinet. Both Union (northern) and Confederate (southern) armies had bands. Drums and cymbals At the time of the Civil War, most drum sticks were made of dark wood, such as rosewood, cocobolo, or ebony. Many drummers carried their drumsticks under their belts. Drum slings made of cloth or black leather helped them carry the bulky drums. Crash...

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