Civil War 150th Concert at Fort Ward Park

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Saturday, May 18

Celebrate Armed Forces Day and get in the spirit of the Civil War 150th anniversary by enjoying an evening of Civil War music at the Fort Ward Park amphitheatre on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m.The concert will feature the Federal City Brass Band, a notable Civil War band that performs in authentic dress and plays original brass instruments of the period. The program, co-sponsored by the Friends of Fort Ward and the Office of Historic Alexandria, is free and open to all audiences. Please note that the concert is weather dependent.

The Federal City Brass Band, formed in 2002, re-creates the music and appearance of a U.S. Army regimental brass band of the 1860s. Members perform songs based on original band journals and sheet music of the Civil War era. The Fort Ward concert will feature a variety of military, patriotic and popular selections of the time, introduced with historical commentary. Highlights of the evening’s program will include The Lincoln Inauguration March, Lorena/Bright Smiles, Polonaise Last Rose of Summer, Red, White and Blue, and The Battle Cry of Freedom. The Band will also have CDs available for sale, including its most recent recording, “Hurrah for the Union! Music of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.”

Fort Ward is the best preserved of the Union forts that comprised the Civil War Defenses of Washington. The Museum features programs, exhibits and special events throughout the year. Fort Ward Park is located at 4301 West Braddock Road in the west end of Alexandria. For more information, please contact Fort Ward Museum at 703.746.4848.