Before the March King: 19th-Century American Bands

October 10, 2015 - January 03, 2016
Martha Thompson Dinos and Dorothy Alexander Roush Galleries

Before the popularization of recorded music, concert bands toured the United States, playing to at times enormous crowds and attracting the kind of attention nowadays reserved for top-40 pop stars. George Foreman, director of the University of Georgia’s Performing Arts Center, has collected materials related to these bands for years. This exhibition draws from his collection to present items that trace the development and history of the American band from its inception in the 1830s to the turn of the 20th century, including paintings, prints, illustrated sheet music, vintage instruments, photographs and more.


Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art


Beth Hoover Baile, Drs. Robert and Ann Bretscher, Dr. and Mrs. Daniel H. Magill III, Lacy Middlebrooks and Thomas Camp, Mr. and Mrs. H. Daniels Minor, Van and Libby Morris, Bob and Martha Noble, Clifton W. and Sylvia Hillyard Pannell, Gordhan and Jinx Patel, William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art