In 1986, Paul Maybery of St. Paul, Minnesota, Mark Elrod of Germantown, Maryland, and a small number of brass players from around the country gathered at the Hotel Coolidge in White River, Junction. Vermont. The result of this initial gathering was the performances of the Yankee Brass Band in the Upper Valley of Vermont/New Hampshire.
What was created was an historically accurate recreation of an American Brass Band circa 1840–1870 performing music of the period in an appropriate style and on the original instruments. Pictures of the band show the musicians in reproductions of “uniforms” that were common attire for bands of the era - firemen’s shirts (red flannel shirts) and red kepis.