Quick Step Tempo: 108-110 beats per minute for marching, faster for concert performances. Marching was slower perhaps because equipment was heavier & footwear was single shape (no right & left versions)
Con Replica: all endings good on DC/DS
Hold Sign over a bar line: is a fine, not a hold
Mazurka: requires slight push on the 4th beat
Polka Redowa: emphasize 3rd beat
Senza (or Sin) Replica: only second endings on DC/DS
Period Band Trivia
And The Band played On 1776-1976
by Carolyn Bryant (Smithsonian)
A History of Military Music in America
by Wm. Carter White (Exposition Press/Greenwood Press)
A Pictoral History of Civil War Era Musical Instruments & Military Bands
by Robert Garofalo & Mark Elrod (Pictoral Histories Publishing Co. Inc.)
Bands and Drummer Boys of the Civil War
by Francis A. Lord & Arthur Wise (Barnes & Co; Da Capo) (1966)
Bandstands To Battlefields, Brass Bands in 19th Century America
Publications (some are out-of-print, but still findable & all well worth your time)
Prescott (rhymes with biscuit), Arizona
The Bad News: The Prescott Fire Department on a training exercise burned down the building whose basement apparently held the musical arrangements for the old town band.
The Good News: if your family still has a folder out, keep it. (better yet, send it to the Chatfield Brass Band Library in Chatfield MN!!)
(rumor has it that charts of Tucson's early Club Filarmonico band went up in smoke too. So if you have any vintage arrangements hanging about, preserve that history. Donate them to a music library, or to your favorite "old time" brass band)
The Prescott Town Band once livened up the novelty number, Custer's Last Stand, by exploding fire crackers under a bucket in the bandstand. The bucket shot up in the air, tossed exploding firecrackers all through the band. The startled bandsmen tossed themselves out of the gazebo in all directions as quick as they could, to the delight and consternation of the audience..So said a certain eye-witness, anyway.
The celebrated mayor of New York, Fiorelo LaGuardia, punctuated a a visit to northern Arizona by guest directing the Prescott High School Band. Fans of the Old Arizona Brass Band & visitors to the Sharlot Hall Museum know why. Hint: Ft Whipple!
page updated: August 8, 2011
Above: 2003 version of the OABB at Trail Dust Town in Tucson , Arizona, our hometown
Before Tucson was much of a town, it was a Spanish frontier fort. Folks at the local historical society claim they have a set of bugle calls from those long ago colonial days. So if you've been looking for that very thing, drop on over & see for yourself.
Where can you find recordings of authentic19th Century & Brass Band Era recordings? Visit our RECORDINGS Page for one heck-of-a starter list!