Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) has partnered with Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation to provide a free Veterans Day concert for the community in honor of local veterans and their families on Friday, November 11 at 7:00 PM. The free event includes guest speakers City of Tecumseh Mayor Jack Baker and City Council Member & United States Marine Corp Veteran Austin See, prior to a musical performance by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band (DSB).
Today’s Dodworth Saxhorn Band is modeled after the Dodworth Band of New York City, which was the premier brass band in the United States from the 1840s to the 1880s. The original Dodworth Band was directed by brothers Allen and Harvey Dodworth who were among the most highly respected musicians and bandmasters of the 19th Century. In 1985 musical instrument collector Alexander Pollock created the modern DSB as a living history project.
In keeping with its living history origins, the DSB uses only brass and percussion instruments that were built in the 1800s. The antique horns are conical-bore instruments commonly called “saxhorns.” These handmade saxhorns are pitched higher than modern 21st Century brass instruments and produce a uniquely mellow tone. This class of brass instruments was invented in the early 1800s by Belgian instrument maker, Adolph Sax.
The DSB has a year-round performance and touring schedule. Past performances include Ken Burns’ ten-part PBS documentary “Baseball” and a subsequent performance for “An Afternoon of Baseball” at the White House at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton. The DSB was also heard in Ken Burns’ series “Jazz” and “the Roosevelts.” The band has performed at the Great American Brass Band Festival, Danville, KY; The Tall Stacks Festival, Cincinnati, OH; the Victorian Ball for the centennial of the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI; Greenfield Village/Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI; Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library, Fremont, OH; plus, many more.
The band performs 19th century music including compositions and arrangements from the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, private collections, and university libraries as well as a few new arrangements by musicologists who are experts in 19th Century brass band style and instrumentation. Their library contains over 420 arrangements.
This is event is FREE, with general admission seating available until capacity (572 seats). Doors open 1 hour prior to performance on Friday, November 11 at 7:00 PM. Special thank you to this year’s sponsors including Vision Performance Group and Radant’s Electric LLC. Special thank you to Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation for making this annual event possible.
For more information, visit www.TheTCA.org or call 517-423-6617, Tuesdays-Fridays between noon and 5 pm.
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