The first Dublin Cornet Band was created in 1878. A comeback has been planned for the city's 200th birthday.

The first Dublin Cornet Band was created in 1878. A comeback has been planned for the city's 200th birthday.

The Dublin Cornet Band is being resurrected this year by Scott Jones, a Dublin resident and member of the Dublin Historical Society. The group will make its first appearance this weekend at the Emerald Celebration.

"It was such a big part of the community back in the late 1800s," Jones said. "They were known as one of the best bands around. With the 200th (anniversary) celebration, the historical society thought it would be a good idea to have them around for the (Independence Day) parade and heritage day."

Jones, who is on the committee for the Dublin Foundation's Emerald Celebration, thought the first event to celebrate the bicentennial would be a fitting debut for the band.

"There will be a quintet for the Emerald Celebration," he said. "It's the beginning of the band."

Jones does choreography for local theater productions, including Scioto High School's "Wizard of Oz" that will have its final run this weekend, and has connections to the central Ohio arts community. His connections were used to find members for the resurrected band.

"I went through some connections. The Columbus Brass Band director, Tim Jameson, lives in Dublin," Jones said. "He was a big part of getting players together and scrounging up music from the period."

While the first performance of the resurrected Dublin Cornet Band will have five members, Jones said he's hoping to recruit more players for the Independence Day parade and heritage day in October.

"The original band, to the best of our knowledge, had 11 members. For the parade we have a wagon to ride in and I think we might just get 11 members," he said.

Despite the name, all band members won't be playing cornets. The cornet part of the name is a bit misleading, Jones said.

"It's a cornet band, but there are usually several cornets, a trombone, bass, a tuba, euphonium, some different instruments," he said.

Jones said the band has three appearances planned, but more could be added. As for the band's fate, it rests with the reception it receives during the bicentennial.

"It just depends on how it goes with the yearlong celebration," he said. "We'll see what happens after that."