THE GETTYSBURG BRASS BAND FESTIVAL June 8-12, 2022
In 1875, George F. Patton published A Practical Guide To The Arrangement of Band Music saying: When we see a town with flourishing enterprises, such as newspapers, schools, libraries, picture galleries, literary and scientific societies, concert halls, theaters, and brass bands, we need not be told that it is the dwelling place of intelligent and cultivated people.
The historic town of Gettysburg has now 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. Close to 500 musicians performed in the 2021 GBBF.
Community Band Night is June 8 as we welcome the Adams County Community Band and Gettysburg Big Band.
A June 9 benefit concert, Jazz al Fresco, will take place on the seminary mainstage. Featured artists include the Harry Watters Quintet, Eric Byrd Trio, and the legendary tenor saxophonist, Tim Warfield. Ticket information will be available on the website beginning March 1.
Bands in the Borough the evening of June 10. Gettysburg Brass performs on Dobbin House patio, the Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps will be at the Heritage Center, Hot House brings its unique brand of traditional jazz to Lincoln Square, and the Antebellum Marine Band will be featured next to Mr. G’s Ice Cream Parlor on Baltimore Street.
Beginning at noon on June 11, the Benfield, Spires, and Rockville Brass Bands from Maryland, Imperial Brass from New Jersey, Baltimore’s Swanee River Ragtime Band, the Atlantic Brass Band from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Brass Band of Northern Virginia¸ and the Hagerstown Municipal Band will perform on the Main Stage at the United Lutheran Seminary. Saturday’s performances conclude with the moving Taps Tribute as buglers bring honor as they sound Taps at historic sites at sundown.
An ecumenical jazz church service led by the Buzz Jones Quintet and vocalist Susan Hochmiller will be held on the Seminary Chapel patio on June 12 at 10:30 am.
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 make the festival possible and are payable to the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival and sent to PO Box 3491, Gettysburg, PA 17325