The 2010 Music Muster at Gettysburg

Performances by authentic Civil War musicians will fill the air on August 21 at Gettysburg National Military Park, during the 16th Annual Gettysburg Music Muster. The performances will be played mostly on original instruments, and will include songs of balladeers, Victorian dance music and dance performances, along with fifes, banjo, mandolin and more.

The Gettysburg Music Muster will include performances by the Susquehanna Travellers who will be performing with the Victorian Dance Ensemble as well as solo. In a twist on the Civil War music theme, the Victorian Dance Ensemble will call and perform several dance numbers of the era in Victorian dress. Their grand finale will include audience participation. The 46th Pennsylvania Regiment Band, also known as the Logan Guards, is returning to the Gettysburg event. This 12-member band will play on Civil War instruments. The Irish Volunteer, David Kincaid will perform the music of the Irish Soldier.

Performances begin at 10:40 a.m. at the entrance to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Additional performances take place at the Museum and Visitor Center’s Ranger Site # 3 at 1:30 p.m. Performances also take place at the Dobbin House Restaurant Courtyard on Steinwehr Avenue from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and at the Pennsylvania Memorial from 6:00 p.m. until sundown.

The public is invited to attend all of the performances free of charge. Bring lawn chairs, umbrellas and blankets to spread on the grass. For more information or a full schedule of performances call (717) 334-1124 ext. 3251 or ext. 8023.

This Year’s Performers

The Susquehanna Travellers perform the music of the 19th century America focusing on Civil War era and Irish music. The musicians are Civil War re-enactors and members of the 87th Pa. Volunteer Infantry. The band got its start playing traditional tunes around the campfire at Civil War re-enactments and with the support and encouragement of other re-enactors, the lads decided to officially form the Susquehanna Travellers.

The Victorian Dance Ensemble makes their twelfth appearance at the Gettysburg Music Muster. Founded in 1995, the Ensemble has presented dance demonstrations for the Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, Civil War Preservation Trust, Pennsylvania Civil War Trails Project, National Civil War Museum, and numerous other historic sites and museums.

The 46th Pennsylvania Regiment Band (The Logan Guards) are participating in their first Gettysburg Music Muster. The Logan Guards was a militia unit organized in 1858 in Lewistown, Pa. It gained fame in April 1861, when President Lincoln issued an urgent appeal for troops to protect Washington in response to the firing by rebels on Fort Sumter. The President’s call was issued late on April 16, 1861. The Logan Guards and four other companies of Pennsylvania militia were the first troops to arrive in the nation’s capital. They marched out of Lewistown listening to William Hopper, a lone fifer, play “The Girl I Left Behind Me.”   Organized in December 1995 by Robert Counsman, Jr., the band recreates the authentic music of the Civil War as heard by the troops in camp and on the march.

David Kincaid, the ever-popular musician and story teller also known as “The Irish Volunteer”,  performs in period clothing, presenting an engaging, all-ages program appealing to both history buff and the Irish/Celtic music fan alike. Recognized as both musician and historian, Kincaid presents a compelling combination of the songs and history of the Irish in the American Civil War.

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