Sponsored by Long Beach City College, The Band of the California Battalion is an authentic recreation of a Union Civil War Brass Band. The instrumentation is completely different from the modern concert band and does not utilize woodwind instruments. Amongst the brass instruments, there are no French Horns or Trombones. These omitted instruments were much too fragile to stand up to rigorous field usage. A typical band would play for military formations, parades, dances, religious services, and during actual battles. Nothing kept a soldier marching and fighting like a good meal and a good band.
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