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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!


2024 Performances

  • April 13:  SUV Tomb (Oak Ridge Cemetery)

    • Springfield, IL     Time: 10:00 am


  • June 9:  Monticello IL, 2:00 pm

    • Details coming

  • July 1:  ISU Music Concerts on the Quad Series​​

    • Cook Hall​                Time: 7:00 pm


Updated Schedule!


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33rd Illinois Volunteer 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


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

  • Weddings

  • Educational Presentations

  • Dedication Ceremonies

  • Festivals

  • Civic Events


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

Sara Simpson - Secretary​

Jim Achenbach - Board Member

Rusty Ayers - Board Member

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