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Step back in time for some real retro music
Performing Arts Center presents Saxtons Cornet Band and UGA Band History Symposium
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ATHENS — The UGA Performing Arts Center invites audiences to step back in time and experience an authentic 19th century band concert with a performance by Saxton’s Cornet Band at 8 p.m. April 19 in Ramsey Concert Hall.

Saxton’s Cornet Band recreates the sounds, appearance and conduct of brass bands during the antebellum and Civil War eras. The performances are well-researched and historically accurate recreations from the mid-1800s, complete with dramatic readings and period humor.

The original Saxton’s Cornet Band was founded by Henry Saxton of Lexington, Ky., prior to the Civil War. The band performed for more than 60 years into the early 20th century, playing concerts, dances, parades and funerals.

The modern day Saxton’s Cornet Band has performed for the inauguration of President George W. Bush and for the National Park Service at sites around the country, including Gettysburg National Military Park.

The Band has been featured in the films “Gettysburg” and “The Day Lincoln Was Shot” and has toured internationally with concerts throughout Taiwan, including a performance at the National Concert Hall in Taipei.

Tickets for the Saxton’s Cornet Band concert are $32 with special discounts for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.

On Saturday, the Performing Arts Center will host the UGA Band History Symposium, featuring performances and distinguished speakers from around the country.

The Symposium begins at 9 a.m. with an overview by moderator Frank Cipolla, professor emeritus, State University of New York at Buffalo, and concludes with a round table discussion at 2:30 p.m. on “The Current State of American Band History Research.”

The list of topics and speakers is scheduled to include University of Maryland professor Patrick Warfield on “The March as Musical Drama and the Spectacle of John Philip Sousa,” Kansas State University professor Craig Parker on “The Music of Sousa’s Cornet Soloists,” UGA Performing Arts Center director George Foreman on “Jules Levy: The Russian Connection,” and City University of New York professor Raoul Camus on “Richard Willis and the West Point Band.”

All sessions of the UGA Band History Symposium are free and open to the public and take place in Edge Recital Hall in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.