30th Maine Regiment, Drum Corps, 1865Item 1012 info
Maine Historical Society
Until a general order issued in August 1862 ended the practice, many regiments included brass bands, which played at ceremonial events and entertained troops with inspirational, popular, and patriotic music.
Even without the bands, music continued to be a part of the encampment experience, as soldiers played music and sang.
Daniel Skillings of Portland, who was 14 when he enlisted Co. C of the 30th Maine in September 1862, is the only person identified in this image of the regiment's Drum and Fife Corps.