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Strike Up the Band

Union Brass Band, Ferry Village, 1873

Union Brass Band, Ferry Village, 1873

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The earliest bands in the United States were attached to military units and used during drills and troop movements.

Military bands, first officially authorized in 1821, but in existence since colonial militia days, also participated in ceremonies and, sometimes, public entertainment.

The Union Brass Band of Ferry Village was the first civilian band in Cape Elizabeth.

Band members are, from left, John Emery, leader of the band; Alec Campbell, Edward Boltenhouse, C.A. Tilton, Fred Russell, John Melia, Fred Brooks, Charles Eveleth, William Willey, and Bill Jones Dyer.