For 167 consecutive seasons the DeKalb Municipal Band has played on. It has become known as the longest continuous playing band in Illinois.
The band was originally formed in 1854 when a group of musicians returned to DeKalb from the California Gold Rush after an unsuccessful attempt to strike it rich. They were organized as the DeKalb Silver Cornet Band and the music began its long journey to present day.
The band has survived several wars and conflicts, lack of funding, and economic depressions, but throughout this, not a lack of support from the community. Through good times and bad, the band plays on.