The Heritage Military Music Foundation(HMMF, the foundation on to which the 1st Brigade Band gets its non profit status) maintains a Playing Collection. A Playing Collection is defined as all instruments are maintained for performance, with the exception of the few instruments being restored at any one time. The instrument collection is consisted of all antiques, with exception to 5 reprodution snare drums.
275 - Playing Collection includes brass, woodwinds and drums
47 - Over-the-Shoulder Horns - Rare
10 - Circular Instruments - Extremely Rare
4 - Upright Cornets - Extremely Rare
1 - Schreiber Eb Bass teardrop horn
2 - Ophicleides in C
1 - Quinticlave in Eb
1 - Keyed Bugle in Bb/C
4 - Civil War era snare drums, one played by the 24th Wisconsin band, one by the 5th Alabama
2 - Presentations to Wisconsin Regiments
1 - OTS Eb Cornet from the 22d
1 - Bb bass from the 24th
1 - Revolutionary War snare drum
1 - War of 1812 era snare drum
2 - Instruments original to the band – an upright alto played by the Brodhead Brass Band ca. 1858, and an OTS Bb bass played by Joseph Smith in the original 1st Brigade Band in 1864-5
Instrument Restoration: A page detailing instrument conservation and restoration may be found here.
Instrument Configurations: Anyone not familiar with the many different types of brass instruments and valve configurations of the 1860’s civilian and military bands can get a short pictorial explanation may be found here.
Click on the link below to explore the intruments.