The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace, Gettysburg’s Episcopal parish, will host the Fort Delaware Cornet Band at its 10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist Service on Sunday, November 19.
The band will accompany the Prince of Peace organ and choir during the hymns and service music at the Holy Eucharist rite and present a short concert at the conclusion of the service. Their appearance on the Sunday of Remembrance Day Weekend marks a return visit of the band to Prince of Peace. The band will also give a concert on the church’s front steps on Baltimore Street at 5 p.m. on Saturday the 18th.
“We’re honored to welcome this superb group of period musicians back to Prince of Peace,” said Tyler Harnsberger, Prince of Peace’s Organist-choirmaster
Everyone is welcome, and all Civil War reenactors and living historians are invited to come dressed in 1860s-period attire.
The Fort Delaware Cornet Band is the premier Civil War Brass Band in the Delaware Valley, which represents an impression of the original Artillery Brass Band that was in residence at Fort Delaware during the Civil War. The band performs on original and replica Civil War Era instruments and performs music of the Civil War Era. The band performs regularly at balls, concerts, and educational events throughout New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. The band is made up of music educators and musicians with both an extensive history in the Civil War reenacting community as well as in musical excellence. The majority of the members are also direct descendants of Union veterans and are proud to bring their ancestors’ legacy to life.
The band’s appearance at Prince of Peace is especially appropriate in the parish is the only church in Gettysburg specifically dedicated as a memorial to those who served in the Civil War. Intended to be a place where all veterans, North and South, could be honored in a spirit of national reunion and reconciliation, the church building houses some 150 memorials to individual soldiers and sailors of the war as well as units, both Union and Confederate.