The New Mexico Territorial Brass Band is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of the first generation of the American brass band tradition. The ensemble uses antique and reproduction instruments and wears authentic nineteenth century clothing to capture the sight and sounds of this dramatic era.
The band’s musical repertoire contains more than 100 songs including popular ballads like Aura Lee, Lorena, and When Johnny Comes Marching Home. The band provides dance music of the era, including Sunny Hours Waltz, Blondinette Polka and Mountain Bell Schottisch.
Patriotic songs abound, including Battle Hymn of the Republic, Hail Columbia, and America. The work of Stephen Foster is featured prominently. Many of the band’s arrangements are taken directly from the archives of Union and Confederate regimental bands. The band is involved in three types of performances: educational, historical reenactment, and musical entertainment.