Repasz Band to be the Topic of a Sunday Afternoon
The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will be opening for a very special event on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2 pm. At that time, the museum will host local music historian John Hunsinger as he presents the lecture “The Repasz Band Returns to Appomattox”. Hunsinger’s lecture will be enhanced with a mini-concert which will feature music of the Civil War period. The music will be performed by a quintet drawn from the Repasz Band. A special treat will be a vocal rendering of the ‘Repasz Band March’ as sung by Lucy Henry. The festivities will be held in the Community Room of the Taber Museum.
The program is free and open to the public, but freewill donations will be taken to benefit the Repasz Band in their quest to head to Appomattox.
Recently, the Repasz Band has been honored by an invitation from the National Park Service to perform at the Appomattox Court House in April 2015, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, officially ending the Civil War. The band is currently fund raising to cover the costs of transportation by bus, overnight accomodations and equipment transportation. The campaign goal is $20,000.00.
The Repasz Band has an illustrious history. Founded in August 1831 by Jacob L. Mussina, the ‘Williamsport Band’ consisted of flutes, a piccolo, clarinets and a French horn. In 1840, Daniel Repasz joined the band. He became a driving force behind the band’s evolution into a brass band. In 1856, he was named the Director and in his honor, the band was renamed the Repasz Band in 1859.
In April 1865, band members were close at hand as General Lee officially surrendered to the Union Army at Appomattox Court House. In the days following, jubiliation over the end of the Civil War was celebrated with music performed by Lycoming County’s own Repasz Band. The ‘Repasz Band March’, honoring the group, has appeared on the ‘Top 40’ and was used in an episode of M*A*S*H. Colonel Henry Potter is heard singing the lyrics to the jazzy melody.
The museum normally closes on Sundays from November through April, but will open for this special event. No admission will be charged that day.
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