Hanover band travels to Maryland for Civil War era concert

July 5, 2013 by  

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and a number of events will take place this summer to commemorate the historic battle, including re-enactments at the site.

One event will take place a little further away from the others. This Sunday, July 7 a concert featuring music from the Civil War era will be held at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The concert will feature a few bands and musical acts from the Gettysburg area, though. Among them will be Hanover‘s Hancock String Band and the Susquehanna Travelers Band will also perform. Both bands are known for playing authentic music from the Civil War era.

The concert will imitate similar ones held during the Civil War, which were intended to keep soldiers entertained. The Hancock String Band will play the once-banned song ‘Lorena’ during its performance. Confederate generals banned the song because they thought it made the soldiers too homesick.

The band features 11 instruments, and also makes use of vocals and four part harmonies. The Susquehanna Travelers Band, meanwhile, is made up of re-enactors and got started when people would play together during campfires at re-enactments. Brochure printers can help the band spread information on the history of the war, and the importance of music during it, to concert-goers.

Admission to the concert is free. People are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on, as well as their own food and drink. Food will also be for sale from a number of vendors during the performance.