Their performances create historically accurate concert experiences from the mid-nineteenth century, complete with dramatic readings and period humor in addition to the excellent music.
The modern day Saxton’s Cornet Band is recognized as one of the most popular and long-lived ensembles having performed in Kentucky for over sixty years - from before the Civil War period into the early twentieth century. The original band’s founder was Henry Saxton of Lexington, Kentucky who organized the band and kept it performing in Lexington playing concerts, dances, parades and funerals.
Reorganized in 1989, the Saxton’s Cornet Band of today strives to maintain the spirit and high standards set by the original ensemble. Saxton’s Cornet Band is a Kentucky and National treasure. They performed for the inauguration of President George W. Bush and for the National Park Service at sites around the country, including Gettysburg National Military Park. They have performed in concert halls and at universities across America and have played alongside orchestras including the Lexington Philharmonic and the Cleveland Pops. Saxton’s performs regularly at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, KY and is visiting artist at the Conner Prairie Museum and at the Ohio Historical Society. Saxton’s has been featured on the silver screen as well, in the Turner films “Gettysburg” and “The Day Lincoln Was Shot.” Saxton’s Cornet Band has also toured internationally with concerts throughout Taiwan including a performance at The National Concert Hall in Taipei.
Performances of Note
•Concerts: Great American Brass Band Festival, Danville, Kentucky;
Chautauqua, New York; Sutton, Massachussetts; Campbellsville, KY;
New Salem, Massachussetts; Columbus, Ohio; Muncie, Indiana;
Cleveland, Ohio; Fishers, Indiana; Keokuk, Iowa; Louisville, Kentucky; Murphreesboro, Tennessee; Kilmarnock, Virginia; Fort Meyers, Florida;
•Conferences: TUBA International Conference;
Santa Fe Trail Symposium; University of Ohio;
Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference
•Parades: Pegasus Parade – Kentucky Derby Parade;
George W. Bush’s 2000 Inaugural Parade
•Military Tattoos: Estes Park, Colorado;
Treaty of Greenville Tattoo
•Motion Picture Credits: Gettysburg, The Day Lincoln Was Shot •International Tours: Taiwan, 2003