A uniform from the Dublin Cornet Band that was organized in 1878 is displayed among other Dublin Historical Society artifacts at the Coffman House.

A uniform from the Dublin Cornet Band that was organized in 1878 is displayed among other Dublin Historical Society artifacts at the Coffman House.

About four years ago, another treasure was added to the relics from the band -- original sheet music.

Dublin Historical Society president Herb Jones said a piece of history was found when a house built by the Samuel Davis family on Dublin Road was demolished.

"When they tore this down it had to be done specially because of the historical value that might be there," Jones said. "They were diligent about destroying it and when they got to the hearth of the fireplace in the house they were in the process of removing stones when they found this bottle, which is an amber-colored bottle that's larger than today's beer bottles.

"It had a ceramic stone stopper in it," he said. "They could see what was inside, so they contacted me and said they'd found this bottle that looked like it had information rolled up in it."

After cleaning the outside of the bottle, Jones said it was clear pieces of rolled up paper were inside. Removing the paper proved to be a challenge, though.

Jones said he didn't want to destroy the old paper when he pulled it out of the bottle, so he took it to Leo Alfred Jewelers for help.

"I wanted to see if they had any way or tool that you can use to get in the neck of the bottle and slide the paper up," he said.

He left the bottle with the jewelers and said they succeeded in pulling the papers from the bottle with no damage.

One of the pieces of paper contained information about the building of the home on Dublin Road.

"The bigger of the two was written by the builder of the house on who did what," Jones said. "The second piece was music and it said something we could faintly read about the cornet band. Samuel Davis was in the cornet band."

Jones said his son, Scott, transcribed the music and loaded it into a computer program.

"He determined that one piece of music was a song that would be used by a cornet band," he said. "It was nothing written by Sam Davis, just something that was common in that period of time. The second piece, he determined was nothing more than what you would follow when practicing."

Jones said copies were made of the music and the papers were returned to the bottle.

"We rolled it all back up and put the original in the bottle," he said. "It's in the upstairs band room in the Coffman House."

The music found in the bottle won't be played when the Dublin Cornet Band is resurrected this year. Scott Jones said the music is for only one instrument.