73rd OVI Regiment Band Returns for Civil War Living History Weekend in 2020

The 73 rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regimental Band poses for a photo after a performance in 2019.
Because of the pandemic, they have only performed once so far this year.

The 73 rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band will return to Sidney for the Civil War Living
History Weekend. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, September 18, Saturday, September
19, and Sunday, September 20.
This will mark the band’s third appearance at Sidney’s Civil War Living History Weekend.
The band performed at the inaugural event in 2016, and returned in 2018.
Some of the members of the 73 rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band will be on hand on Friday
to explain the importance of music for army units, both Union and Confederate, during the Civil
War. If all goes well and the pandemic does not raise its ugly head, Friday’s program will be
attended by students from Shelby County’s schools.
On Saturday morning, the band will perform at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Sidney for the rededication
of the statue of Sergeant Baker. Sergeant Baker is the statue that sits in the niche of the
Monumental Building overlooking the Shelby County Court House.
The band will play in concert at 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening in the Geib Pavilion located at
Baumgardner Basin in Tawawa Park. Concert goers are invited to bring lawn chairs and socially
The band will also provide limited musical selections Sunday morning, September 20 following the
period Catholic Mass and during the Presbyterian worship service. They will play briefly during a
memorial service for Jim O’Moore, a long-time reenactor who died December 23, 2019 and who
participated in both previous Sidney events.
The 73 rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band, in its current form, was established in 2011. The
organization exists for the purpose of enriching and entertaining the modern public with historically
authentic music and playing techniques contemporary to the time period of the War of the
The music presented by the 73 rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band is presented, whenever
possible, through performance with instrumentation typical of authentic military regimental brass
bands of the Civil War era. Directed by John Huffman, Jr., the 73 rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Regiment Band is based in Waverly. Members of the band hail from throughout Ohio.

REENACTORS! Remember to REGISTER HERE for 2020!
SPECTATORS! This event is free!