The Americus Brass Band

TOP BRASS - Civil War to WWII



Golden Bough sings Travelin' Tunes

the Best of American Folk

About the Band

The Americus Brass Band, under the direction of Richard Birkemeier, performs its faithful recreation of American best brass band music from the past in concerts and festivals throughout the U.S. The band’s film/TV credits includes on-screen appearances and/or soundtrack recordings for Disney’s Hidalgo, the Oscar-winning movie Glory, Gettysburg, The North and South, The Wild West, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.


Educational performances. Master classes. Lecture-demonstrations.

William Tell Overture (excerpt)

Sumter Light Guard March

Battle Cry of Freedom and Kingdom Coming Quickstep

Additional concert repertoire

Civil War brass - Civil War era music from 4th Georgia Regiment Band of the Confederate Army, the Port Royal Post Band, and others.

Brass of the Cowboy West - Cowboy Brass band music from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show Band and the Dodge City Cow-Boy Band.

The Americus Brass Band


Celebrate America with the Americus Brass Band and TOP BRASS

The 17-piece Americus Brass Band salutes the services and our veterans, with exhilarating music from America's past.

Singular in its ability to re-create the brilliant brass of the past, the Americus Brass Band performs on authentic brass instruments of the times.

The Concert

From the fields to the canteen, the American military bands inspired and entertained the troops and the public, at home and abroad.

The Americus Brass Band starts its century of musical favorites with polkas, quicksteps, and songs of the Civil War bands followed by the marches of America's greatest band-leader, John Philip Sousa. The first set ends with the popular music from the late 1800's, familiar to the Cowboy brass bands and the public.

After intermission, the sound shifts to the Ragtime beat of Lt. James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters 369th  Infantry Band of World War I, followed by Major Glenn Miller's Swing from the Army Air Force band of World War II.

The grand finale honors veterans, military personnel, and their families, in a rousing Salute to the Services.