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!


2021 Performances

  • June 28: Illinois State University Quad Summer Music Series

    • ISU, Bloomington IL.      Time: 7 pm​


  • July 24:  "History Comes Alive"

    • Old State Capital Lawn, Springfield, IL     Time: 5 pm


  • August 7:  "History Comes Alive"

    • Old State Capital Lawn, Springfield, IL     Time: 5 pm

  • August 14:  Westminster Village

    • Bloomington, IL     Time: 1 pm

  • Sept 11:  Mahomet Museum of the Grand Prairie

    • Mahomet, IL     Time: 2 pm​​

  • Sept 18:  David Davis Mansion

    • Bloomington, IL     Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm​

  • Oct 2:  Morton Reenactment

    • Morton, IL​​          ​​


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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 various 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.