2016 Gettysburg Brass Band Festival

Dear NABBA Friends,

Why not plan your brass band vacation in Historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, June 9, 10, 11 for the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival. Enjoy excellent brass bands from 4 states, the US Army Herald Trumpets, our instrument petting zoo and community pig roast picnic, listen to jazz and end the weekend by experiencing the moving “Taps” Tribute as buglers bring honor at historic sites.

Tour the Civil War Battlefield, visit local wineries, eat, drink and be merry! Bring your clubs and play in the Tuba Open golf brass benefit, a major funding event for the GBBF.

The festival begins Thursday night, June 9 with Community Band Night featuring the Adams County Community Band and the Gettysburg Big Band performing on the Gettysburg Tours Main Stage. Friday begins with the Tuba Open teeing off at 8am at the beautiful Carroll Valley Golf Resort. A variety of bands will be performing around town Friday night. Saturday features a full afternoon and evening of brass band performances in the park like setting at the Main Stage on the beautiful and historic campus of the Lutheran Seminary. The program includes a performance by the Buzz Jones Jazz Quartet with jazz trumpeter, George Rabbai and trombonist, Jim McFalls. The exceptional Wildcat Regiment Band will be performing Saturday on grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Visit the GBBF web site for a complete schedule and Tuba Open registration form: www.gettysburgbrassbandfestival.com

The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival is a 501 (c)(3) organized organized by a group of volunteers in partnership with the Lutheran Seminary, Destination Gettysburg, the Gettysburg Times and the National Park Service at Gettysburg. The GBBF is sponsored in part by an Adams County Arts Council Star Grant.

2nd Annual Brass At The Border

Milwaukee Festival Brass presents the Second Annual Brass at the Border. Performances by Milwaukee Festival Brass, Madison Brass Band and Chicago Brass Band.

At the time of the Civil War 150 years ago, nearly every community of any size boasted its own brass band. These sturdy purveyors of musical entertainment gradually transformed over the years into concert bands and wind bands, and the American community brass band tradition all but disappeared. Meanwhile brass bands in Britain encountered their own struggles to be sure, but nevertheless have maintained their proud legacy of outstanding musicianship in community-based ensembles right through to the present day. It is this legacy that inspired J. Perry Watson to found the North American Brass Band Association in 1983, in an effort to see these ambitious bands return to this continent.

On March 13th, three performing groups – Milwaukee Festival Brass, Madison Brass Band and Chicago Brass Band – have determined to preserve this noble tradition while bringing to the genre a uniquely American voice.

As non-profit arts enterprises, these three bands share many of the same goals and challenges. The format of this event has been designed to foster goodwill, fellowship, and mutual support of one another’s efforts to bring exceptional music to their communities.

We know that you will enjoy the diverse and energetic programs that will be presented at the concert. The performance will start at 3:00 at Milton High School; 114 W High St; Milton, WI. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $9 for seniors and students and can be purchased on our website or at the door. Group rates are available. For more information, please visit the band’s website at www.mfbrass.org. We hope to see you there!

Gettysburg Brass Band Festival

NABBA Bands will be featured in the 2015 Gettysburg Brass Band Festival June 11-14

in “historic “ Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The 2015 festival will host the The Athena

Brass Band(all-female all-star brass band made up of military musicians, college teachers

and performers from across the United States), the Atlantic Brass Band(a North

American Brass Band Association Champion) from New Jersey, the Chesapeake Brass

Band(NABBA Champion) from Delaware, Spires(NABBA Champion), Rockville and

Benfield Brass Bands from Maryland, the Penn View Brass Band from near

Philadelphia., and a military band TBD. All will perform on the Hill Unger Stage on

Seminary Ridge, Saturday June 13.. The Wildcat Regiment Band(Civil War period band)

will perform on grounds of the National Park Service. The Antebellum Marine Band,

Gettysburg Brass, Hanover Lancers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps and others will

perform Friday evening, June 12 at locations around town. The brass festival will begin

Thursday evening, June 11 with the Adams County Community Band which includes

musicians from the Apple Core Band of Biglerville, the Littlestown Municipal Band and

Village Brass from Cross Keys Village Retirement Community, and, The Gettysburg Big

Band. Bring you golf clubs and play in the Tuba Open Golf Brass Benefit at the beautiful

Carroll Golf Resort, Friday morning, June 12. View the web page for all details

including registration for the golf outing.