Civil War Week: 1st Brigade Band

by Erika Janik
| July 5, 2011
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In 1864, eighteen men from Brodhead enlisted in the Union Army as the band of the 1st Brigade. Today, the sights and sounds of that original band live on in a modern 1st Brigade Band, the oldest recreated Civil War brass band in the country. Member and former band leader Dan Woolpert shares their story.

This story commemorates Wisconsin's role in the Civil War on its 150th anniversary. Learn more about the 1st Brigade Band.

Tags: Civil War / history / 1st Brigade Band / tradition / music

Erika Janik spins multiple "Wisconsin Life"-related plates as she acquires, edits, records, and mixes radio stories for broadcast -- all while searching for new roadside attractions, hiking trails  and local beer to explore.  She is the author of five books including "Apple: A Global History", and most recently "Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine