22 July 2008

The Stonewall Brigade Band

One of the more enduring legacies of the Civil War era in the Shenandoah Valley is the “immortal” Stonewall Brigade Band. The band can boast that it is “the nation's oldest continuous community band sponsored by local government and funded by tax monies.”

They once played for Ulysses S. Grant just a few steps from my office and are still in great demand—different members of course. At the conclusion of their performance before the President, Grant bowed, raised his hat and said: "The immortal Jackson!"

They still play every Monday evening during the summer months in Staunton at Gypsy Hill Park. When my children were younger, we spent many enjoyable summer nights enjoying their wonderful performances. The band still opens each concert with “Dixie.”

Read about their history here.

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