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

The 73 rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regimental Band poses for a photo following a recent performance.
They last appeared in Sidney in 2020 for the rededication of the statue of Sergeant Baker atop the
Monumental Building.

The 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band will return to Sidney for the Civil War Living
History Weekend. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, and Sunday,
September 18 in Sidney’s Tawawa Park.
This will mark the band’s third appearance at Sidney’s Civil War Living History Weekend, and
fourth appearance in Sidney. The band performed at the inaugural Civil War Living History
Weekend in 2016, returned in 2018, and played for the rededication of the statue atop the
Monumental Building in 2020 when the Civil War Living History Weekend was cancelled.
On Saturday morning, the band will perform at 10:15 a.m. in downtown Sidney on the sidewalk in
front of the Monumental Building. The building’s tablet room, which contains the marble tablets on
which the names of the more than 300 Shelby Countians who gave their lives in the Civil War are
engraved, will be open for visitors from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
The band will also play in concert at 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening in the Geib Pavilion located at
Baumgardner Basin in Tawawa Park. Concert goers are invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy a
program of Civil War era music.
The band will also provide limited musical selections Sunday morning, September 18 during a brief
period worship service for reenactors and visitors to the park. That worship service will begin at
8:00 a.m. and will be held in the “education tent” located in Wagner Glade. The worship service
will include a brief memorial service for Jim O’Moore, a long-time reenactor who attended and
participated in both previous Sidney reenactments.
When the Civil War broke out, there were few military bands. The U.S. Marine Band, the U.S. Military
Academy Band, and a handful of Regular U.S. Army regimental bands existed. Nearly every state
militia had a band, and these bands were highly prized as they participated in local parades and

John Huffman, Jr. directs the 73 rd Ohio Regiment Band. A graduate of The Ohio State University, he
had the privilege of dotting the Script Ohio “I” in 2008.

As the state militias were mustered into service, they naturally brought their bands along with them.
Within a few months after the start of the war, Congress authorized the creation of bands for every
Regular Army regiment.
On July 31, 1861, the War Department issued General Order Number 48, which provided for two field
musicians (fifes and drums) per company (100 soldiers), and a band of as many as 24 musicians per
regiment (1000 soldiers). This led to the formation of hundreds of bands and the enlistment of
thousands of musicians.
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, Ohio. Members of the band hail from throughout Ohio.