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Arts Al!ve welcomes Excelsior Cornet Band

The Excelsior Cornet Band will perform "Lincoln and his Music - Music with Associations to President Abraham Lincoln" at 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 5 in the Carman Community Room at the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulips St. in Liverpool.

The Excelsior Cornet Band is the only authentic Civil War brass band in New York.

Founded in 2001, the band performs Civil War music on original antique brass band instruments of the 1860s period. Recreating the glorious sounds and appearance of this pivotal period in American history, the band performs the most popular melodies of the 1850-70 period, as well as patriotic airs, operatic medleys, marches and dance music by the era's most renowned composers and bandmasters.

All of the band's musical arrangements come from the bandbooks of Civil War era bands, or are arranged from the original Civil War era sheet music. The band's uniforms authentically represent those of a typical early-war New York State Militia band.

The musicians of the Excelsior Cornet Band are professional performers with many years of experience in a wide variety of musical genres. They are: Jeff Stockham, E-flat cornet and keyed bugle; Lee Turner, E-flat cornet; David Driesen, B-flat cornet; Dickson Rothwell, E-flat alto horn; Jim Spencer, B-flat tenor horn; Al Thomson, E-flat tuba; John Allis, snare drum; and Loyal Mitchell, bass drum.

There is no cost for this event and it is open to the public.

The Arts Al!ve in Liverpool concerts are funded by the Friends of the Liverpool Public Library.

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