Dec 15, 2012 7:07 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A couple of Kentucky musicians say they enjoyed being part of Steven Spielberg's new film about Abraham Lincoln.
University of Louisville music professor Michael Tunnell and Reese Land, who is associate professor of music/trumpet at Campbellsville University, were part of the U.S. Marine Band shown in the first half hour of the movie. The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/ZgEzfa) reports the men are part of an ensemble called the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets and played an arrangement of the Civil War era piece "We are Coming Father Abraham" with other musicians from the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area.
"It's a flag-raising ceremony that was filmed in Petersburg, Va., which was the site of a significant battle toward the end of the Civil War," Tunnell said.
The opportunity came about after the production team for the movie "Lincoln" contacted Kentucky Baroque Trumpets' founder, Don Johnson, who is also president of the National Association for Civil War Brass Music.
Although they were ready to shoot the scene in October 2011, filming for the scene was put back until December. Right after U of L's graduation ceremony, Tunnell and Land drove to Virginia to begin rehearsing for the shot.
Tunnel said he remembers Spielberg commenting during a rehearsal that "you guys sound great."
"He actually has us playing in the film," Tunnel said. "It's not overdubbed, but it's us playing Civil War era instruments. Spielberg wanted as authentic a sound as possible."
Land said the scene was the final shot needed to complete the film and took three hours to shoot with 13 takes.
"It was really cold that morning, and we were all freezing to death," Land said. "It got kind of tiring, but you have to stay focused, which we all did."
Land had only positive things to say about being involved in the movie and was pleased with the final product.
"It's a great movie, and not just because I'm in it," Land said. "Daniel Day-Lewis' performance is incredible, and the movie is very emotional and touching. You wouldn't think a film featuring lawmaking would have that much emotion behind it."
Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com
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