A consideration for programming or exhibits is whether or not to include some examples of the popular culture of the time. Certainly music of the Great War era fits into this thought.
On August 2, 2015, a group of local musicians that make up the Kaw Valley Cornet Band held a concert of World War I music at Topeka’s Gage Park Amphitheater. They thoughtfully recorded each selection, and posted them individually on YouTube.
We post the selections here so that you can get a flavor of the music, and perhaps how it might have sounded coming from a town band 100 years ago. You might even be surprised by some of the music; I myself had not realized the the “Colonel Bogey March,” best known from the World War II movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai, was a World War I tune.