Fort Humboldt Brass Band performs historic music in Civil War era attire

EUREKA – Members of the Fort Humboldt Brass band performed musical pieces from over 100 years ago Saturday for a local audience.

The band is made up of Humboldt State students, grads, faculty and community members who strive share music from the past.

They played pieces dating back to the 1800s at the Fort Humboldt State Historic Park during the Timber Heritage Association’s Steam-Up event.

The musicians wore us Civil War era attire consistent with Union personnel who were stationed in Fort Humboldt.

“This is a replica of the uniforms that Civil War band members would play in,” explained student and band member, Ryan Blake, “It is very much what players of the time would be wearing into battle. I always played army as kid so it’s nice to go back to it in a more professional sense.”

“The best part for me being here is all the overlap of young people playing music,” said Humboldt State music Professor Gil Cline, leader of the ensemble, “Of the ten musicians today, six are HSU students and it’s always a treat to have them here. It’s a fun day.”

The Fort Humboldt Brass Band hopes to one day hit the road.

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