Timed perfectly for Black History month, the GAR museum will offer a program by Ed McLaughlin – the U.S. Colored Troops stories from the Philadelphia National Cemetery on Sunday February 7th at 1 PM. The doors open at noon to give you time to browse some of the displays.
We were there in January for the concert of the 28th Pennsylvania Regimental Brass Band conducted by Russell D. Hoffmann. Mr. Hoffmann is the founding music director and conductor of the Newtown Chamber Orchestra. It is a unique experience to hear the music of that era as the troops would have heard it during the war.
We also did periscope broadcast of the first half of the concert and had quite a few viewers stop in to take a look. The musical selections are available on our YouTube channel or if you have time click on them below. They run about 20 minutes in total. This is only the first half of the concert.
Selections include: Hail Columbia, Concordia March, Last Rose of Summer, O Hills O Vales of Pleasure, General Birney’s Quick Step, Esmeralda/Sultan Polka, Santa Anna’s Retreat and Light of Other Days.