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Normal LIVE presents 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band @ Connie Link Amphitheatre

Normal LIVE presents 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band @ Connie Link Amphitheatre

Date & Time
Friday, September 6, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
621 S. Linden St. , Normal, Illinois
About the artist:
The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band has been in existence since it was recreated by Gary Borling in 1996 to provide music at the David Davis Mansion Mansion in Bloomington, Illinois.
The band presents an authentic “history through music” similar to the actual Civil War Era band that was mustered from McLean County in 1861. Musicians are recruited from the same geographical area in Illinois and from all walks of life just like the members of the original band.
The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band has performed for historic programs, school events, and town festivals throughout the Midwest as well as band festivals, Civil War re-enactments, and the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. Tours have taken them to Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Iowa, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia as well as Illinois. An informational website is found at
The band’s uniforms are sewn from natural wool fibers and are authentic in every detail, being patterned from actual specimens worn by Civil War soldiers. Except for percussion reproductions which match those of the period, the instruments are true antiques. This allows the band to re-create music as close as possible to what the Civil War soldiers would have heard.
Charles E. Hovey, President of State Normal University, became the first Colonel of the 33rd Illinois Volunteers when the unit was organized in McLean County, Illinois. The regiment became known as the “Normal” or “Teachers’ Regiment” and attracted teachers and students from across the state to its ranks. The 33rd fought throughout the Mississippi Valley and distinguished itself at Vicksburg, having lost 11 of 32 men, all the rest wounded save one.
The Regimental Band was a major part of the soldier’s life while fighting against many odds. The band played music that reminded them of home, kept their spirits high, and added to their emotional well-being.
Connie Link Amphitheatre is a beautiful and unique performance venue that offers FREE or low cost entertainment for the whole family! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, kick back, relax and let us take care of you! Concessions, such as soda/water, popcorn, candy, and frozen desserts will be available for $2.00 each!
Connie Link is easily accessible from the Constitution Trail and has many options for parking:
621 and 611 S. Linden- Connie Link Amphitheatre and Park Maintenance Facility
900 S. Linden St.- Underwood Park, Brander Shelter Lot
200 Jersey Avenue- Underwood Park , South Lot
100 East Phoenix Avenue- City Hall Annex, Parkinson St. Lot

About Normal LIVE:
Normal LIVE is a series of live music and performing arts programming produced by the Town of Normal Cultural Arts Department. All programs are subject to change including cancellation due to weather.

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