The 5th Michigan Regiment Band was once known as the 5th Michigan Infantry Band. For 108 years, from 1865 – 1973, it was just a memory. Then as a State of Michigan Bicentennial project it was recreated in the form of the Fifth Michigan Regiment Band. In keeping with the authenticity of the Civil War “field” regimental bands, the present band consists of musicians, color guard, and support personnel.
The band’s repertoire of the 1860′s includes marches, polkas, schottisches, waltzes, and songs arranged for the group by Lt. Col. Guy Smith, Conductor. The present band plays on antique and replica Civil War instruments at reenactments, concerts, parades, festivals, and other special events.
The 5th Michigan Regiment Band is a non-profit organization. All members are volunteers.
Stipends charged for performances are based on the distance and length of time involved. All income is used for operating expenses and instruments. The Band is managed by a board of directors.