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.
2017 Gettysburg Brass Band Festival
2017 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival with bands from six states performing. The 2017 brass festival will begin Thursday evening, June 8 on the Main Stage at the Lutheran Seminary with the Adams County Community Band and The Gettysburg Big Band. The Gettysburg Brass, Hanover Lancers Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, Ante Bellum Marine Band and others will perform Friday evening, June 9 at locations around the town of Gettysburg. The festival will host 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(NABBA Champion) and Benfield Brass Bands from Maryland, the Brass of the Potomac from Virginia, the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble and the Dixieland Express from Lancaster. All will perform on the Gettysburg Tours Main Stage and Hill Unger Stage on Seminary Ridge, Saturday June 10. 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 Bugle School will also be held during the weekend along with the Saturday Brass Picnic. This free event is organized by community volunteers in partnership with the Lutheran Seminary Music Gettysburg! Concert Series, Destination Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Times. 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 19 years to the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, produced by a group of community volunteers and continuing in 2017 in parternership with the Lutheran Seminary, the Music,Gettysburg!. Concert Series, Destination Gettysburg and The Gettysburg Times. 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 and the United States Army Herald Trumpets.