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Gettysburg Brass Band Festival


PO Box 3491

Gettysburg, PA 17325





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Musicians from across the US in the Athena all-female Brass Band wil join 15 bands from seven states – Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia – to perform in our town, Gettysburg.

The 2020 brass festival will begin with Jazz Night Wendesday evening, June 10 on the Main Stage at the Lutheran Seminary with the Gettysburg Big Band and a jazz band to be named.

Community Band Night, Thursday, June 11, will feature the Adams County Community Band and The Allentown Band, the oldest civilian band in the United States.

The Gettysburg Brass, Hot House Jazz Band, Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps, antebellum Marine Band and others will perform Friday evening, June 12 at locations around the Borought of Gettysburg.

Starting at 11am, June 13, the Benfield Brass Band from Maryland, the Imperial Brass, from New Jersey, the Spires Brass Band from Maryland, the Chesapeake Brass Band from Delaware, the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble, the Atlantic Brass Band, from New Jersey, the Brass of the Potomac, from Virginia, the Old Crown Brass Band, from Indiana and the Athena Brass Band will perform on the Main Stage at the Seminary. 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, Gettysburg Times and Destination Gettysburg.

The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, Inc. is a 501 c(3) organization. Tax deductible donations to make the festival possible 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 to be told that it is the dwelling place of intelligent and cultivated people.”

The philosophy for the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival notes that it provides a “life after high school” experience to the many students in school bands. The bands performing in the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival show students that performing opportunities continue after graduation from high school. The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival provides a performance opportunity for bands from all over the country and world in our historic town. The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival provides a reason for people to visit the town of Gettysburg, surrounding area and National Military Park. The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival strives to improve the quality of life in our town.

This excerpt from G. 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 is home to the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, produced by a group of community volunteers in partnership with the Lutheran Seminary, The Music, Gettysburg! concert series, and Destination Gettysburg. Gettysburg Brass Band Festival performers have included members of The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, The United States Army “Old Guard” Fife and Drum Corps, The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus, The Quantico Marine Band, The Atlantic Brass Band, The River City Brass Band, and the United States Army Herald Trumpets.


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