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The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band Inc. was re-created in 1996, by musicians from Central Illinois. Like the original band, the musicians were recruited from the same geographical area in Illinois and come from all walks of life. The band is an authentic re-creation of the actual Civil War Era band that was mustered at State Normal University in 1861.

The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band has performed for historic programs, school events, and civic events throughout the Midwest, including many performances in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. The band also plays at military balls and conducts educational programs that address the history of the Civil War era brass band movements and the evolution of brass instruments. The band's uniforms, sewn from natural wool fibers, are authentic in every detail and are patterned from


actual specimens worn by the Union soldier. The authenticity in dress presents the audience with the most accurate appearance possible.

Read more about the history of the 33rd!


2022 Performances

  • April 16: SUV Tomb Wreath Laying Ceremony (Oak Ridge)

    • Springfield, IL      Time: 10:00 am​


  • May 7:  Lexington Festival

    • Lexington, IL     

      • 3:00 pm - Church of Christ Uniting​​

      • 5:00 pm - City Park


  • June 18:  Fairbury

    • Fairbury, IL     Time: 1:00 pm

  • July 19:  Lincoln's Tomb - Flag Lowering Ceremony​​

    • Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield IL​

      • Time: 7:00 pm


  • Aug 6:  David Davis Mansion - Lawn Concert

    • Bloomington, IL     Time: 4 - 6:00 pm

  • Aug 28:  Green Valley's 150th Celebration

    • Green Valley, IL     Time: 1:30 pm

  • Sept 18:  All Saints Lutheran Church

    • Orland Park, IL     Time: 2:00 pm


Performance dates for the 2023 Season
coming SOON!


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33rd Illinois Regiment Band Albums or Songs



"The band gave a great show last night, as evidenced by the fact that people were willing to stay even though it was getting dark and getting chillier. Thank you as always for a wonderful performance, and thank you as well to the "citizens" and dancers in period clothing."

Dr. Angelo Favis,

Illinois State University

You'll find the 33rd performing in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Concerts

    • Military Brass Band​

    • Civilian Brass Band

  • Re-enactments​

  • Period Balls

  • Weddings

  • Educational Presentations

  • Dedication Ceremonies

  • Festivals

  • Civic Events


Contact us if you are interested in learning more about how you can book the 33rd for a special event. 

Listen to the 33rd Live Performance

Listen to the 33rd Live Performance

Listen to the 33rd Live Performance
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Minstrel Boy

Minstrel Boy

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Lincoln & Liberty and Riding a Raid

Lincoln & Liberty and Riding a Raid

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Grafulla's Dead March

Grafulla's Dead March

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Just Before the Battle, Mother

Just Before the Battle, Mother

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33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band


Band Management

Darcy Ackley - Band Manager

Bryan Rowold - Comptroller

John Bergmann - Bandmaster

Kirby Reese - Assistant Bandmaster


Board Members

John Hamann - President

John Hansen - Vice President

Carl Bennett - Secretary​

Jim Achenbach - Board Member

Rusty Ayers - Board Member

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