Strike up the band

Music is everywhere...and thoughts about music are just as pervasive. For example, "The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril," writes Richard Baker, British composer and conductor. "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy," Beethoven said, and "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” was Plato's take on music. And for the American cowboy--after all, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is all about the West--music was just plain practical, as this verse demonstrates, listed on LegendsOfAmerica.com: "What keeps the herd from running, stampeding far and wide? The cowboy's long, low whistle, and singing by their side." Below are some of the musical instruments here at the Center of the West that represent Baker's need for rhythm, Beethoven's higher revelation, and Plato's soul to the universe. From the ceremonial drums to the boisterous horns, music is part and parcel of the West. Even Buffalo Bill's Wild West had its own signature music. Copy this link and have a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ync2ZtkvkH8.
Curated by Marguerite A House

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This gallery has 33 objects

cornet- cased- Chicago Music Company- metal- wood- cloth- Bell, Leonard Cody- Lefevre Paris / Made for Chicago Music Co. / Chicago USA / Leonard Cody Bell / ...
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bugle- Hurstmann Bros. & Co.- gold- brass- Tassles- Cord- Remington, Frederic- inscribed near horn, Hurstmann Bros. & Co./Philadelphia- Credit Line: Gift of ...
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accordion- Capriccio- bakelite- top of accordion: Capriccio- Red bakelite case with white and black keys. Light brown and black double straps, looped throu...
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trumpet- horn- steer- Wild West Show- military- Carved top: COL.W.F.CODY/Buffalo Bill, Carved bottom: Gen. Sheridan/Gen. N.A. Miles/Gen. Custer- Steer horn t...
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drum and drumstick- Indian- wood- rawhide- rope- cloth- tree trunk- hollow- lacing- handle- head- stuffed- cover- Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instrument. ...
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drum and drumstick- Southwest- wood- rawhide- leather- tree trunk- paint- hollow- stripes- Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instrument. (A) Drum-hollow tree t...
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drum and drumstick- wood- rawhide- cloth- tree trunk- round knob- laced- hollow- handle- base- head- stuffed- cover- cowhide- Chief Joseph- Ritual and Recrea...
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drum and stand- Northern Plains- Lakota- Sioux- painted- wood- leather- blue- four parts- laced- frame- Red- carved- stand- horse heads- Ritual and Recreatio...
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drum- Northern Plains- Blackfeet- metal- wood- rawhide- pigment- tanned hide- Large ceremonial drum with painted designs on top, underside and sides. Interio...
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drum- Northwest- painted- rawhide- tree trunk- black- laced- hollow- cover- Indian- Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Hollow tree trunk painted bl...
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drum- Pueblo- Southwest- painted- wood- rawhide- cloth- black- navy blue- frame- checked- drumstick- lacing- Red- carved- red/navy blue- White- wrapped- cove...
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hand drum- Northern Plains- Blackfeet- painted- wood- rawhide- red ochre- frame- cover- spot design- FUNCTION: Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. R...
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hand drum- Montana- Crow- wood- rawhide- pigment- frame- wire- cover- outlines- geometric- Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wood frame, painted r...
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hand drum- Central Plains- Pawnee- painted- wood- rawhide- green- blue- black- frame- Red- handle- twisted- cover- lines- circle- bear paw- Ritual and Recrea...
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hand drum- Northern Plains- wood- rawhide- pigment- red ochre- frame- yellow- cover- spots- sun design- Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Rawhide ...
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hand drum- Northern Plains- wood- rawhide- sinew- fawn skin- Men- sun- Stamped on inside: Fairview Museum Corp. Fairview, Utah 84629. Two tags, both white...
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hand drum- ripped- painted- metal- wood- rawhide- blue- carpet- frame- tacks- double head- orange- cover- bird- spots- dots- Ritual and Recreation: Musical I...
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hand drum- Oklahoma- Pawnee- wood- rawhide- pigment- blue- black- frame- Red- outlines- birds facing each other- lines- crescent- Ritual and Recreation: Musi...
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hand drum- Lakota- Sioux- South Dakota- Pine Ridge Reservation- wood- leather- paint- ink- partially tanned- sinew- horse- spear- Indian- Feather bonnet- bac...
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hand drum- Northern Plains- Sioux- painted- wood- rawhide- blue- frame- Red- yellow ochre- cover- buffalo- Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Rawhi...
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hand drum- Northern Plains- Sioux- eagle- painted- wood- rawhide- green- Square- feathers- frame- cover- Indian chief on horse- hand with bow and arrow- Ritu...
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drum- Pueblo- rawhide- tree trunk- Remington, Frederic- Credit line: Gift of The Coe Foundation, Description: Drum hollowed tree trunk body with rawhide top ...
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hand drum- Lakota- Sioux- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation- South Dakota- wood- rawhide- leather- pigment- horned horse with three birds in its flowing blue man...
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flute- Winnebago- wood- rawhide- Frederic Remington- Credit Line: Gift of The Coe Foundation. Winnebago wooden courting flute, with rawhide fringe and handl...
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flute- Plateau- Kootenai- wood- red ochre- thongs- dyed- Deer hide- Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wooden flute with several buckskin thongs, d...
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flute- Northern Plains- leg- bone- elk- diamonds- lines- Ritual and Recreation, Musical Instruments. Flute made of elk leg bone with seven finger holes and ...
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flute- Northern Plains- wood- leather- carved- horse- Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wood with carved horse figure attached to top, six buckski...
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flute- Northern Plains- Blackfeet- hide- deer- feathers- iron- gun barrel- thongs- finger- holes- Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Flute made fro...
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flute- Northern Plains- wood- cloth- dye- tin cones- porcupine quills- Horse Hair- sinew- tanned hide- silk ribbon- Wood flute with abstract carved line alon...
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flute- Northern Plains- Sioux- wood- cotton- string- Deer hide- bear figure- Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Large round wooden flute with carve...
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rattle- Sioux- South Dakota- Wool- wood- quills- rawhide- leather- commercial- cloth- Beads- green- feathers- purple- completely wrapped- Red- handle- fringe...
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violin- Germany- paper- wood- leather- celluloid- mother of pearl- aluminum- felt- cardboard- Horse Hair- Garlow, Irma Cody- inside violin: (on paper label) ...
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fiddle- wood- strings- wire- Remington, Frederic- (A) Mexican wooden fiddle and (B) bow with wire strings, c. 1890. Made by natives and used in fiestas. Gift...
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