The Dodworth Saxhorn Band is a recreation of one of America’s first all-brass bands. The original Dodworth Band dominated the New York music scene from 1836 to 1891, performing in concerts, at balls, at social events, at political rallies, and in many US presidential inaugurations. Today’s Dodworth Saxhorn Band, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, uses antique brass valved horns and drums built between 1840 and 1880.
The Dodworth Band is a 17 member 19th century brass band which uses original instruments (1840-1880), performs period musical arrrangements and uses 21st century interpretation techniques to provide you and your audience with a 19th century experience.
The DSB provides a variety of services including serendipitous/wandering festival performances, school performances, concerts, music for 19th Century Base Ball games, formal and informal dances-with dance instruction and parades. DSB performances include music, history, education, drama, poetry, dance, humor and audience participation.
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the DSB has been performing since 1985 and has presented concerts in venues ranging from small communities to The White House, Washington, D.C. The DSB has worked with Ken Burns on his PBS Baseball series, performed as the opening musical group for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the four 2006 Greenfield Village Salute to America performances and performs throughout the U.S. approximately sixty times per year. The DSB has been heard in such varied venues as The New York Historical Society, New York, NY; NPR, National Public Radio's Morning Edition; The Great American Brass Band Festival, Danville, KY; The City of Portage, MI Summer Entertainment Series/Civil War Reenactment and The Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY.
The Dodworth Saxhorn Band is America's Premier 19th Century Brass Band; Committed to Bringing America's Musical Past to Life. The DSB presents a variety of performances which feature nostalgia and virtuosity on 19th century brass instruments.
We perform and provide family-friendly music/entertainment/education/ to/for: concert series, opera houses, church services, schools, senior citizen centers, festivals, libraries, historic sites, special events, art fairs and a variety of other venues.