Music will fill the streets July 19-21 during the Iron Heritage Festival.
Kicking off the free entertainment will be a “battle of the bands” by Excelsior Cornet Band and Dodworth Saxhorn Band at 3 p.m. July 19 in Danville’s ballroom, Mill Street.
Those bands and others will also march in the annual festival parade which starts at 7 p.m. Friday, July 19, and proceeds along East Market, Mill and Lower Mulberry streets.
Bands will include the Dodworth Saxhorn Band which has played at the White House and worked with Ken Burns on a PBS baseball documentary. The band, begun in 1985, is a re-creation of one of America’s first all-brass bands. The original band played in New York from 1836-91 at concerts, balls, political rallies and many Presidential inaugurations.
The modern-day band is based in Ann Arbor, Mich., using antique brass valued horns and drums made from 1840-80. Allen Dodworth invented the first valved horn with a bell pointing backward. That type of bells allowed soldiers to hear the music easier. Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax created a family of bell-up valved horns in the 1840s in Paris. Similar horns were called saxhorns in the United States.
Other parade bands will be the Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps and The Danville Community Band.
On July 20, entertainment will be featured on the Canal Park Stage from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ed Petrovich will return for the 14th year to share his musical talents.
The Union Volunteers Fife & Drums Corps will perform at 11 a.m. The group is an historically authentic group specializing in fife and drum. A fife and drum corps usually included a fife player and a drummer. A second drummer has been added for the Danville festival.
Excelsior Cornet Band will play at noon. They are led by Jeff Stockham who played tenor horn in the President’s band in the movie “Lincoln.”