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Cavalry band to present concert at Union Park

August 2, 2007

Contact: Todd Cranson, 217/206-7549, rcran2@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band – a recreation of the original brass band that accompanied the regiment during the Civil War – will perform in concert at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 4, in Union Park Plaza, Sixth and Madison streets, across from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in downtown Springfield. The concert is free and open to the public.

Playing music of the Civil War era on period instruments, the band is an affiliated ensemble of UIS Music and is directed by R. Todd Cranson, assistant director of co-curricular music at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The original 10th Cavalry Band, mustered into service at Camp Butler in November 1861, was often referred to as "Lincoln's Own" since the musicians came from Sangamon, Logan, and Christian counties. Today's members come from the same areas.

The band's next performance will be Tuesday, August 28, at the flag-lowering ceremony at Lincoln's Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

For additional information about the 10th Cavalry Band, including a list of coming events, go to www.10thillinoisvolcavalry.com/band/.

For more information about music at UIS, phone 206-6790 or go to www.uis.edu/music/.



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