History - Then
The Becks' Philadelphia Band was first formed by eight Beck brothers, along with three of their nephews, relatives, and friends in 1830. Their first public performance was with the Hope Hose Company of volunteer firemen on 2nd and Pine where they volunteered.
The band played for union balls, charity organizations, operas and at the first Republican Convention until the onset of the Civil War, by which time it was known as the Philadelphia Beck Band, No. 1.
In 1861, three Beck brothers, one nephew and 21 other band members entered the 20th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment and built forts around Washington, D. C. for three months.
The musicians then re-enlisted as the 28th PA Regiment Band, and from August 1861 to September 1862, the band supported, entertained, and carried out soldiering duties on the bluffs overlooking Harper’s Ferry and Sandy Hook, Maryland.
History - Now
Beck's Philadelphia Brigade Band is a Civil War era brass band portraying the brass band of the 2nd Division, 2nd Corps, 2nd Brigade of the Union Army of the Potomac in 1863.
Beck's Philadelphia Brigade Band plays the music of the Victorian era for concerts, ceremonies, balls, parades, commemorations, and the like. The band is authentically uniformed, playing music of the period on instruments that are correct for the time. Based in Southern New Jersey, we perform in NJ, PA, DE, NY, MD, DC, and VA. The Philadelphia Brigade Band has been in existence since 1991.
Beck's Philadelphia Brigade Band interprets an actual brass band that existed in Philadelphia from 1830 to 1876, the Beck Band No. 1, founded by the Beck family. From this band grew the Hope Hose Company Band, a fireman's band from Philadelphia as well as the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band, which served from July 1861 to August 1862, later becoming known as the Philadelphia Brigade Band, and recently, Beck's Philadelphia Brigade Band, after filing as a 501C-3 [non-profit] corporation.
Beck's Philadelphia Brigade Band also performs as the 12th New Jersey Regiment Band.