Dad And The Other Boys In The Band – Excelsior Cornet Band Members In The Gilded Age (Ep. 7)

Above: Screen cap from the far back-end of episode 7 of The Gilded Age. John Allis (dad, promoted to "papou," front-and-center (sticks in hand, his part memorized, of course)) with a few of the Excelsior Cornet Band members (I'm bass drummer emeritus) surrounding. Screen cap taken from the S.U. Brass Ensemble (I'm bass drummer emeritus) Facebook Page.

Nepotism? Slow content month? You be the judge. But didn't want to let the occasion pass without acknowledging the appearance of my father on a subscription cable service.

And, from the syracuse.com website (10 March 2022, article by Geoff Herbert and giving some more details about my former superior officer Jeff Stockham):

The Syracuse-based Excelsior Cornet Band, portraying the Edison Electric Illuminating Company Brass Band on HBO's “The Gilded Age," is pictured (L to R): Mark Anderson, Dickson Rothwell, Angelo Candela, Larry Luttinger, Lee Turner, John Allis, Al Thomson, David Driesen, Steve Weisse, Jeff Stockham.

When a movie or television show needs authentic-sounding 19th century music, they call Jeff Stockham in Syracuse, N.Y.

Stockham, who was inducted in the Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) Hall of Fame last week, has previously appeared in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” as part of the U.S. Marine Band, served as a consultant for the 2003 movie “Cold Mountain,” provided period instruments for 2013?s “Copperhead,” performed in Netflix’s “House of Cards,” and contributed to the PBS documentary “F.S. Key: After the Song,” using original instruments from the 1830s for the story of “The Star Spangled Banner” composer Francis Scott Key.

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