Old Arizona Brass Band
Recreating the Music of the Arizona Territory
OABB Musical Links, Resources & Publications

Musical Museums
Museum of Making Music (Carlsbad, California)
National Music Museum (Vermillion, South Dakota)
Percussive Arts Society Museum (new location: Indianapolis, IN )
On-Line Resources
Berkeley Collection: 19th Century California Sheet Music
Berkeley Collection: California Brass Bands and Their Music
Berkeley Collection: Sounds Files from Concert of 19th Century California Sheet Music
Brass Resources Page:  incredibly useful & extensive (by Ralph Jones)
Bands and Musicians of the Civil War (by Ronald W. McGranahan )
Chatfield Music Lending Library (missing an old part? They might just have it!)
Digital Tradition @ the Mudcat (extensive folk song lyric archive)
Gold & Brass (Brass Band Music of the California Gold Rush Era)
Library of Congress: American Brass Band Era
Library of Congress: Civil War band charts
Library of Congress: 19th Century band charts
Olde Towne Brass: vintage band charts arranged in modern notation
Providence Brigade Band: historic arrangements from the books of the Ellsworth Brass Band
Stephen Foster midi archive with text
TubaNews.com (free online publication for tuba and euphonium players)
U.S. Army Bands, Their History (official US Army site, very extensive)
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
by Brian Smith (ISBN 0-87928-138-3) Corner House Historical Publications
(more info available via Providence Brigade Band's website)

Dancing and Its Relations to Education and Social Life
by Allen Dodworth (1885)

The Drums Would Roll, Army Bands on the Frontier (1866-1900)
by Thomas Railsback & John Langellier (Arms & Armour Press)

Hallelujah Trombone; Story of Henry Fillmore
by Paul Bierly (Integrity Press)

The Journal of August Wetterman: Memoir of A Gold Rush Bandmaster
by Kenneth Brungess

Irish Orpheus: Patrick Gilmore

Keyed Brass Instruments in the Arne B. Larson Collection
by Gary M. Stewart (former Shrine to Music Museum, now National Music Museum)

The Keyed Bugle (Scarecrow Press 1993, expanded version 2004)
by Ralph T Dudgeon

Military Band Music of the Civil War
by Fred Benkovic of 2nd Brigade Civil War Band
(lead article in The Westerners Brand Book No12 Vol XXIV, Feb 1968,Chicago Corral of Westerners International)

Military Music of the American Revolution
by Raoul Camus (University of North Carolina)

The Music Men, An Illustrated History of Brass Bands In America, 1800-1920
by Margaret Hindle Hazen and Robert M. Hazen (Smithsonian Institution Press)

Practical Guide to Band Arranging
by G. F. Patton (John F. Stratton, 1875)

Singing the New Nation How Music Shaped the Confederacy, 1861-1865
by E. Lawrence Abel (Stackpole Books 1999-2000)

The Stonewall Brigade Band
by Brice  (McClure Printing Company, Inc - 1967)

Twenty-Four Notes That Tap Deep Emotions: The story of America's most famous bugle call
by Jari Villanueva (for brief online essay on Taps by same author click here) (for another online essay click here)

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
Presidial Trivia
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!