10 March 2005 — The 8th Regiment Band will appear on Saturday, 12 March at 7:30 p.m. in
Mason Hall Performance Center on the campus of Jacksonville State University as part of the continuing Kaleidoscope 2005 Arts
Festival series of events.
The 8th Regiment Band is the modern recreation of the nineteenth century Band of the Eighth Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, whose
men served from 1861-1865. Dressed in uniforms of the period, the band performs music from original band scores and authentically
styled arrangements from piano scores of that time on original and reproduction instruments of the mid-nineteenth century.
The band also dons Union Blue and performs as the Band of the 8th New York National Guard, “The Washington Greys”, thus giving equal
exposure to the music and heroism displayed on both sides in the Civil War.
The modern 8th Regiment Band has been featured in re-enactments of the battles of Gettysburg, Shiloh, Murfreesboro, Kennesaw Mountain,
Atlanta, Franklin, Olustee, Resaca and many others. The band’s high musical standards and meticulous efforts at authentic recreation
have built it an avid following and an enviable reputation.
The 8th Regiment Band has been featured in several made-for-television movies including The Class of ’61 and Love and Honor.
The band is also featured in the multi-media show at Chickamauga Battlefield Park and has appeared on “Good Morning America” and
National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”.
Gaining prominence and wide recognition from its performances, the 8th Regiment Band has made numerous appearances at the Great
American Brass Band Festival in Danville, Kentucky and was a featured group at the National Civil War Band Festival at Campbellsville,
Kentucky. They have given numerous concerts at colleges and universities throughout the southeast as well as presenting clinics
at the Southeastern United States Band Clinic and the Georgia Music Educators Convention. They have made several recordings,
which are available.
The program on Saturday evening will be appropriate entertainment for the entire family. This concert is free and the public is cordially
invited to attend. Parking is convenient to Mason Hall on campus.
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