“When we see a town with flourishing enterprises, such as newspapers, schools, libraries, picture galleries, literary and scientific societies, concert halls, theaters, Brass Bands, etc., we need not be told that it is the dwelling place of intelligent and cultivated people.”
This excerpt from George F. Patton’s A Practical Guide To The Arrangement of Band Music, published in 1875 describes the town of Gettysburg. Made famous as the place where Abraham Lincoln delivered his “Gettysburg Address” four months after the Civil War battle which bears its name, the small college town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has become home for the past 16 years to the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, produced by a group of volunteers and continuing this year as part of the Gettysburg Fest. Over the years, The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, The United States Army “Old Guard” Fife and Drum, The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus, The Quantico Marine Band, The River City Brass Band, The Boston Brass, The Gramercy Brass Orchestra, brass quintets, a trombone quintet, Civil War period reenactment bands, British-style brass bands, a brass choir, American-style brass bands, Dixieland bands, community bands, “big bands” and drum and bugle corps including the world champion Cadets. Visit the festival web site for more information and come to Gettysburg June 13-15 for the 2014 Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, part of The Gettysburg Fest. The 2014 festival will be held on the beautiful campus of Gettysburg College.
The festival hosts a great schedule of bands this year, The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus, Atlantic Brass Band (2011 and 2012 North American Brass Band Association Champions) from New Jersey, Chesapeake Brass Band from Delaware, Spires, Rockville and Benfield Brass Bands from Maryland, and the Newmont Military Band (a 19th Century period band) from Vermont. The Wildcat Regiment Band (Civil War period band) will be performing on grounds of the National Park Service. Bands will also be performing on Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg. Please visit the Gettysburg Festival web site.
The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, part of The Gettysburg Fest, is made possible by donations from individuals and businesses. To contribute to the brass festival, make your check payable to The Gettysburg Festival, write BRASS in the memo line and mail to Gettysburg Festival, P.O. Box 3964, Gettysburg, PA 17325. The Tuba Open golf brass benefit to support brass programming will be played Friday, June 13 at the Carroll Valley Golf Resort.
Thank you for your support!
–Ben Jones, Volunteer Brass Coordinator
Gettysburg Brass Band Festival