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Wild Rose Kiwanis Features1st Brigade Band

With Special Guests “The President and Mrs. Lincoln”


This year, 2015 marks the 150th commemoration of the end of the Civil War. Wild Rose Kiwanis Club has planned a stellar, one-of-a-kind event with music, acting and education. The 1st Brigade Band is comprised of 35 brass and percussion musicians who will perform on stage at the Wild Rose High School Auditorium on Sunday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. This is the exact date 150 years earlier of the Stacking of Arms at Appomattox Court House.


The “icing on the cake” will be a special performance by Max and Donna Daniels, the nation’s finest Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln re-enactors. The entire band, the Lincolns, plus additional vocalists and narrators will be dressed in full period costumes.


The 1st Brigade band is modeled after a band formed in Southern Wisconsin as part of a Volunteer Infantry. In 1864, a group of eighteen young men from the Brodhead Brass Band enlisted in the Union Army as the band of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 15th Army Corps. The Brodhead Band had earlier played at the famed 1858 debate on slavery between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in Freeport, Illinois.


 The enlisted members of the band left their rural Wisconsin homes to participate, under the command of General William T. Sherman, in the campaigns of Northern Georgia and the Carolinas. The musicians played marches and various pieces known as “quick steps” to move soldiers forward. They serenaded at campfires and performed at ceremonies and worship services.


At the end of the war, the original 1st Brigade band was invited to play at the Galena, Illinois Homecoming for General Ulysses S. Grant. They also performed at the Grand Review in Washington D.C where they received praise as excellent musicians and gentlemen.  The "Tradition of Excellence" that these men established 150 years ago lives on today with the members of Wisconsin's 1st Brigade Band.


The band makes history stay alive by presenting period brass band music, performed on antique instruments. Attired in uniforms and gowns, the Band's musicians, color guard, and costumed ladies take you back to the turbulent era of the Civil War. A nostalgic portrayal of the atmosphere of days gone by is generated by a unique form of showmanship that blends the sights and sounds of the period with historical anecdotes.


More than eighty volunteers, men and women, make up the 1st Brigade Band. Widely varied in age and occupation, they come from many communities, bringing with them a common interest in their musical heritage. While the abundant written and pictorial materials remain, the mellow sounds of the brass bands of the Civil War days were lost until the 1st Brigade Band, starting in 1964, began to locate and restore the dented and broken instruments and to retrieve and reconstruct the yellowed and torn music. Through their work you will hear what Presidents Lincoln and Davis, Generals Lee and Grantexperienced.


The Civil War ended 150 years ago, but the music and history live on. Concert tickets are available at Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Waushara Argus in Wautoma, and Office Outfitters in Waupaca, or they can be ordered by phoning 920-622-3088.

Kiwanis Club of Wild Rose: "Volunteers who are dedicated to changing the world-- One child and one community at a time."

The Kiwanis Club served breakfast to over 270 visitors to the Classic Car Show on Saturday 15, 2012.  Money raised goes to support the many activities supported by the local Kiwanis including the Waushara Food Pantry, scholarships for local students, the library, and many others.


Kiwanis Club of Wild Rose
P. O. Box 138
Wild Rose, WI 54984

The Wild Rose Kiwanis Club meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:45 AM at the Wild Rose Comunity Center on Division Street.  Visitors are always welcome.  If you are interested in joining, contact the club secretary Joan Laabs, at email jlonll@wildblue.net or Membership Chairman, John Jenks Ph 920- 632-3152.

Kiwanis Club of Wild Rose Cultural & Arts Programs

In 2010 featuring "Music from the Caribbean and Beyond"
In 2009 featured the Villard Cello Choir
In 2008 featured Mary Catteron and Surprised by Grace Jazz Concert
In 2007 featured the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras

Kiwanis' 2009-2010 youth and community service projects cultural and arts programs and charitable donations:

Awarded $1,000 in academic scholarships for graduating seniors from Wild Rose High School
Provided $1,000 in summer music and theatre camp scholarships for middle and high school students
Sponsored bell-ringing for Salvation Army in the Wild Rose area raising $3,950 in 2009
Raised $3,000 in 2009 for American Cancer Society with Relay-for-Life Kiwanis Team
Organized annual food and gift drive in Wild Rose area for Waushara Christmas Project
Assisted WRHS Key Club with Highway Cleanup Project
Provided volunteers for Blue Ribbon Kids Day in Wautoma
Collected food items and donated $500 to Waushara Food Pantry
Rewarded W.R. middle school students with pizza parties for “Bring Up Grades” Program
Sponsored Chill Skills classes with $300 funding to Wild Rose Schools
Supported annual CROP Walk and Alzheimer’s Association Walk
Hosted December birthday Party at Wild Rose Manor

Additional financial contributions and service hours given to the following organizations and charitable causes in 2009 - 2010:

American Red Cross Heroes Program
Patterson Memorial Library 
Elementary Schools Math and Reading Nights
Post-Prom Event
Camp Waubeek
Children's Miracle Network
Back to School PRogram
Prevention Council Family Day at Nordic Mountain
Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
Wildcat Booster Club
Wild Rose High School Key Club

Lions Club, ph. 920-622-4121
Patterson Memorial Library
School District of Wild Rose

Springwater 4-H

  Members and leaders of the Springwater 4-H offer ice cream during the Classic Car Cruise, September 17, 2011.







Wild Rose Community Center
Wild Rose Historical Society
Wild Rose Hospital Auxiliary
Wild Rose State Cool and Cold Water Fish Hatchery

Wild Rose Lions Club



Vacation Central Wisconsin | Village of Wild Rose, Waushara County, Wisconsin
PO Box 292, 500 Main Street, Wild Rose, WI 54984-0292
Village Hall Clerk: Vickie Sage | Tel. 920-622-4183 | Fax 920-622-4666
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