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Indiana Historical Bureau

Strike Up the Band! Strike Up the Band!

A Note Regarding Resources: Items are listed on this page that enhance work with the topic discussed. Some older items, especially, may include dated practices and ideas that are no longer generally accepted. Resources reflecting current practices are noted whenever possible

Selected Readings

  • Ardley, Neil. Eyewitness Books: Music. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1989.
    This is an easy to read book with wonderful color pictures and lots of interesting facts about musical instruments. Highly recommended.
  • Berger, Melvin. The Science of Music. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell. 1989.
    This is an interesting book that explains why music happens in easy to understand terms.
  • __________. The Trumpet Book. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Company. 1978.
    This book includes the history and science of the trumpet and includes a good chapter describing how a trumpet is made.
  • Hazen, Margaret Hindle and Robert M. The Music Men: An Illustrated History of Brass Bands in America, 1800-1920. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. 1987.
    This is the source on American brass bands. It includes some wonderful old photographs and reproductions of other primary source materials on the subject. Adult reading. Highly recommended.
  • McLeish, Kenneth and Valerie. The Oxford First Companion to Music. London: Oxford University Press. 1982.
    This book contains brief bits of information about all types of music, instruments, and equipment. Interesting and easy reading.
  • Riley, Martha Chrisman. Singing Indiana History: A Musical Resource Guide for Teachers. Delphi, Indiana: Riverside Productions. 1991.
    This new guide includes brief histories, printed music and lyrics, and cassette tapes. It is designed for history teachers and classroom teachers as well as music teachers. Student booklets are also available. Write to: Riverside Productions, P.O. Box 26, Delphi, Indiana 46923-0026.
  • Walther, Tom. Make Mine Music! Boston: Little, Brown and Company. 1981.
    This book is full of interesting facts, music projects, and experiments designed for middle grades. Highly recommended.

Of Special Interest

  • Elkhart County Historical Museum, 304 W. Vistula, Bristol, Indiana 46507, 219/848-4322. The museum has a display of instruments made in Elkhart. Admission is free. The museum is open Tuesday evenings, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.