2021 Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, June 10 – 13
The historic town of Gettysburg has been home to the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival since 1998. Some 3000 listeners from the Mid-Atlantic States annually attend the event to enjoy the glorious sound of brass bands, community bands, jazz groups, and the unique Taps Tribute on the Gettysburg National Military Park. 499 musicians performed in the 2019 Gettysburg Brass Band Festival. The 2020 festival was a virtual event due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Musicians from across the US in the Athena Brass will join 11 bands from the District of Columbia and 5 states – Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia performing in our town, Gettysburg, June 11, 12 & 13. The 2021 brass festival will begin Friday evening, June 11 with The Gettysburg Brass performing from 6-8 on the Dobbin House patio on Steinwehr Avenue, the Hot House Jazz performing from 7-9 on the SW quadrant of Lincoln Square next to Open Minds and the Antebellum Marine Band performing at 8pm next to Mr. G’s on Baltimore Street. Starting at noon on Saturday, June 12, the Imperial Brass from New Jersey, the Spires Brass Band and Rockville Brass Band from Maryland, the Foggy Bottom Whomp Stompers from Washington, DC, the Atlantic Brass Band from New Jersey, the Brass of the Potomac from Virginia, the Athena Brass and the Allentown Band, America’s oldest town band, will perform on the Main Stage at the United Lutheran Seminary, 15 Seminary Ridge. Saturday’s performances conclude with the moving “Taps” Tribute as buglers bring honor as they sound Taps at historic sites at sundown. A Jazz Fresco church service will be held on the Seminary Chapel patio at 10:30, Sunday, June 13. This free event is organized by community volunteers.