Saxton's Cornet Band recreates the sounds, appearance and conduct of brass bands during the antebellum and Civil War eras. Full of energy, their programs are entertaining both musically and visually.
Saxton's performances strive to create historically accurate concert experiences from the mid-19th century, complete with dramatic readings and period humor in addition to the excellent music.
The modern day Saxton's Cornet Band is a reincarnation of one of the most popular and long-lived ensembles of its time, having performed in Kentucky for over 60 years - from before the Civil War period into the early 20th century. The original band's founder was Henry Saxton of Lexington, Ky., who organized the band and kept it performing locally at concerts, dances, parades and funerals.
Reorganized in 1989, the Saxton's Cornet Band of today strives to maintain the spirit and high standards set by the original ensemble. Saxton's Cornet Band is a Kentucky and national treasure. They have performed for the inauguration of President George W. Bush and for the National Park Service at sites around the country, including Gettysburg National Military Park. They have performed in concert halls and at universities across America and have played alongside orchestras including the Lexington Philharmonic and the Cleveland Pops. Saxton's performs regularly at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, Ky., and is a visiting artist at the Conner Prairie Museum and at the Ohio Historical Society. Saxton's has been featured on the silver screen as well, in the Turner films "Gettysburg" and "The Day Lincoln Was Shot." Saxton's Cornet Band has also toured internationally with concerts throughout Taiwan including a performance at The National Concert Hall in Taipei.