Concert to revive sights and sounds of 1890s |

Concert to revive sights and sounds of 1890s

Josh Nichols

The Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band will be in town Monday night as part of the Craig Community Concert Association season.

Butch McKune, publicity chairman of the association, said he expects the concert to be the best one that comes to Craig this year.

“It’s a fantastic brass ensemble,” he said.

The group is an ensemble that revisits the popular music from more than a century ago.

The band has been touring since 1978, but the music and style it recreates dates back to 1892, when Jack Daniel footed the bill to bring the first Silver Cornet Band together in Lynchburg, Tenn.

He assembled the band, mostly made up of amateur musicians, so it could spice up political rallies.

The band, like the 15,000 other small-town bands that existed during the 1890s, played rallies, picnics, openings and even funerals.

To recreate the band in 1978, some 80 years later, instruments were imported from France, some were hand made, and some were found in antique stores.

The band not only revisits the sounds of the 1890s but recreates the feel of the era, McKune said. The group even putts up a gazebo on stage to play under.

According to promotional material, “This is not just a band concert, but a production about a band, a town, and the townsfolk we remember from the past. With the ‘perfesser’ as your guide, it is an emotional journey that will rekindle the most dormant memories from our past.”

Unlike the original band in 1892, the contemporary band is not made up of amateurs.

These full-time professional musicians travel the country putting on their show.

“Everybody was trying to get this band booked when we were,” McKune said. “We were lucky to get them.”

The concert begins at 7:30

p.m. Monday in the MCHS Auditorium.

This is the second show of the Craig Community Concerts series. Only those with season tickets can attend the concerts

McKune has said more than 800 people bought season tickets for this season’s performances.

Craig Community Concerts is available because of the combined efforts of the individuals and businesses within the community involved with the Concert Association, McKune said.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or

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