Brass Bands from the Mining Boom Era

Don Larry, Historian and Founder of Arizona’s official historical brass band, The Territorial Brass, takes listeners on a tour of Arizona’s mining town bands.

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It is the goal of Territorial Brass to replicate the brass bands that were active in Arizona and New Mexico during the territorial periods. Brass bands were organized in the settlements of Prescott, Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe, Mesa, Yuma, Kingman, and many of the mining towns such as Bisbee, Morenci, Jerome and Globe. To listen to the Territorial Brass’s latest CD, Arizona Mosaic, a Legacy Project for the Centennial, visit: http://www.territorialbrass.com/

The Territorial Brass are next appearing at the Musical Instrument Museum, 11:30am and 3:30PM, Saturday, February 18, 2012, as part of the “I Am AZ Music” MIM Celebrates 100 Years of AZ Music. This program is an officially recognized Legacy Project of the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission. Tickets: Free with museum admission; MIM—Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050

Historian Don Larry presents “The History of the Brass Band Movement of the Arizona Territory” for the Arizona Centennial Conference at the Pointe Tapatio Cliffs Hilton, April 20, 2012 at 3:30pm. Pointe Tapatio Cliffs Hilton,11111 North 7th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85020

Additional Audio: Larry Versteeg, composer and arranger of the Territorial Brass, talks about the band’s latest CD, Arizona Mosaic. Also includes short excerpt of “The Premiere Medley March“, composed by Achille La Guardia, in 1896.

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Additional Audio: Larry Versteeg, arranger of the Territorial Brass, talks about the challenges of arranging for a 19th century band. Also includes a short excerpt of “The Arizona Belle”, composed by W. Rimmer, ca 1910.

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Copper Queen Band, Bisbee - ca. 1885

courtesy of Don Larry

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Societa Fratelanza Italiana, Morenci - ca. 1915

courtesy of Don Larry

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Silver King Mine Band, Silver King - ca. 1880

courtesy of Don Larry

Copper Queen Band, Bisbee - ca. 1885Societa Fratelanza Italiana, Morenci - ca. 1915Silver King Mine Band, Silver King - ca. 1880

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