Lebanon County Historical Society
924 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, PA, 17042
1857 – 1948 Inclusive date(s)
1857 – 1948 Normal date(s)
Perseverance Band (Lebanon, Pa.)
(is creator of)
The Perseverance Band formed as an organization on March 2, 1857 at the Hall of Perseverance Engine and Hose Company located at the corner of Willow Street and Liberty Avenue in Lebanon, Pa. Initially called the Perseverance Saxe Horn Band, its first 21 members performed for the first time on May 12, 1857 in a parade for its namesake fire company. In October 1861, the Band enlisted in the Union Army as the regimental band for the 93rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and served in that capacity until regimental band service was ended on March 18, 1862. Following the Civil War the Band performed for Ulysses S. Grant and for several monument dedications at Gettysburg, Pa. The Band provided musical entertainment for holiday celebrations, social and veterans' organizations, political functions, parades, community events, and private families and individuals in the Lebanon area as well as performing at locations throughout the state during the twentieth century. The Perseverance Band remains the oldest musical organization in Lebanon, Pa. and performed at Lebanon County's Bicentennial Celebration in February 2013.
Scope and Content
This collection includes the minutes, financial records and performance and engagement materials of the Perseverance Band. The records span the period from the Band's inception in 1857 to 1944. The bulk of the collection is the minutes which detail the activities, organizational structure and performances.