A professional performing unit of The Maryland Military Band, The Imperial Cornet Band performs original music of the World War I era with a small ensemble instrumentation typical of the period.
Music of John Philip Sousa, George M. Cohan, W.C. Handy, and Irving Berlin is featured along with selections originally written by James Reese Europe and performed by the band of the famous 369th Regiment, NY National Guard, the “Harlem HellFighters.”
Our programs give audiences a chance to hear what this music sounded like performed by a small regimental band and gain insight on how music was used to further the war effort both at home and on the battlefield during “The Great War.”
The ensemble has performed at Military Through the Ages at Jamestown, VA, and for WWI commemorative events and other ceremonies in the Baltimore and Washington, DC area. In August 2019 The Imperial Cornet Band will participate in the Vintage Band Festival in Northfield, MN.
The Imperial Cornet Band at the 2019 Vintage Band Festival
Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4, 2019
The Imperial Cornet Band will represent The Maryland Military Band at the 2019 Vintage Band Festival in Northfield, MN!
The ICB will give several performances during the 4-day festival, featuring music of World War I. Music director Jari Villanueva will also be a presenter at the Historic Brass Society conference held in conjunction with the festival, speaking on Band Music of WWI. Check out the festival website for more information and a complete schedule of performing ensembles.
Thursday, August 1, 8:00 PM
501 Division St. South, Northfield, MN 55057
Friday, August 2, 10:00 AM
“The Yanks Are Coming!” lecture on US Army Bands in WWI by Jari Villanueva
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College, 320 3rd St. East, Northfield, MN 55057
Friday, August 2, 4:00 PM
Way Park Stage
720 1st St. West, Northfield, MN 55057
(rain location is St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. West)
Saturday, August 3, 12:00 PM
“Battle of the Bands”
Cannon River pedestrian bridge, Riverside Common East, near Bridge Square, Northfield, MN 55057
Saturday, August 3, 2:00 PM
Bridge Square Main Stage
Bridge Square, Northfield, MN 55057
(rain location is Northfield Middle School Auditorium, 2200 Division St. South)
Saturday, August 3, 6 PM
Veterans Memorial Concert
Gates Ave., across from Northfield High School, 1400 Division St. South, Northfield, MN 55057
Sunday, August 4, 10:30 AM
Church Service, First United Church of Christ
300 Union St., Northfield, MN 55057