12th NH Regiment Serenade Band

As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Salisbury Historical Society the 12th NH Regiment Serenade Band presented a historically informed performance of music from the American Civil War.

The band recreates the sights and sounds of mid-19th century America, performing music of the Civil War played on period instruments.  The musicians appear in typical Union Army uniform and period dress of the day   

The band was formed in 1999 by musicians from New Hampshire who wanted to combine their love of history and music.  Since that time, members of the band have been able to find and have restored some rare brass musical instruments dating back to the 1850’s, including over-the-shoulder, bell front, and upright saxhorns and keyed brass horns.  Concert programs include commentary on the instruments and the many roles bands performed during the war including providing entertainment for the troops, playing for the wounded in hospitals, serenading the officers at night, and providing music for various military functions. 

The Music

Much of the music the band players is directly from the band books of the  3rd and 4th New Hampshire regiment bands, the Manchester Cornet Band, the 25th Massachusetts regiment, and the most famous Confederate band, the 26th North Carolina Regiment Band.