Whereas the figures of the Boston Cornet Band members are generalized, the half-length portrait of Alonzo Bond, musician and composer, glows with life and individuality. It is a skillful copy of a daguerreotype taken by Loyal M. Ives in Boston.  This type of daguerreotype or photographic portrait is known as an “occupational” because the individual is posed with the tools of his trade, in this case a saxhorn. Bond’s image graces the cover of the Saxonia Quick Step, which was dedicated to him and performed by the Boston Cornet Band.

The voluntary militia units participated in the Mexican War and they were the first responders when the states called for troops at the onset of the Civil War. Many Union and Confederate regiments were formed around core units of volunteer militias. 

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