Gettysburg Brass Band Festival Mission
The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival provides a “life after high school” experience to the many students in school bands. The bands performing in the GBBF show students that performing opportunities continue after graduation from high school. Second, the GBBF provides a performance opportunity for bands from all over the country and worldwide in our historic town. Third, the GBBF provides a reason for folks to visit Gettysburg, the surrounding area and National Military Park. A fourth expectations is to improve the quality of life in our town.
2018 Gettysburg Brass Band Festival
The United States Army Herald Trumpets return to the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival along with 14 bands from five states. The 2018 brass festival will begin Thursday evening, June 7 on the Main Stage at the Lutheran Seminary with the Adams County Community Band and The Gettysburg Big Band. The Gettysburg Brass, Hot House Jazz Band, Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps, Antebellum Marine Band and others will perform Friday evening, June 8 at locations around the town of Gettysburg. The festival will host the Atlantic Brass Band(2017 North American Brass Band Association Champion and US Open Champion) from New Jersey, the Chesapeake Brass Band(former NABBA Champion) from Delaware, Spires(former NABBA Champion), Rockville(2017 NABBA 2nd Section Champion) and Benfield Brass Bands from Maryland, the Brass of the Potomac from Virginia, the Allegheny Brass Band from Pittsburgh and the Capitol Bones from Washington, DC. All will perform on the Main Stage on Seminary Ridge, Saturday June 9. The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival closes with the moving “Taps” Tribute as buglers bring honor at historic sites. A popular part of the GBBF is the Instrument Petting Zoo where youngsters of all ages have the opportunity to try brass instruments. A Saturday Gettysburg Lions Club Community Picnic will also be held at the Main Stage site. This free event is organized by community volunteers in partnership with the Lutheran Seminary Music, Gettysburg! Concert Series and Destination Gettysburg. The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, Inc. is a 501 c(3) organization. Tax deductible donations are payable to the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival and sent to PO Box 3491, Gettysburg, PA 17325
“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 our town. Made famous as the place where Abraham Lincoln delivered his “Gettysburg Address” four months after the Civil War battle which bears it’s name, the small college town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has become home for the past 20 years to the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival. GBBF performers have included 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 Grammercy Brass Orchestra, the Athena, all-female, all-star, Brass Band, the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble and the United States Army Herald Trumpets.