The Great American Brass Band Festival is a community event showcasing brass band music through performance and education. The Festival preserves brass band music and explores its cultural influences through a variety of programs and presentations, featuring the best brass musicians in the world.

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
ATTN: Niki Kinkade
Executive Director
PO Box 429
Danville, KY 40423
Physical Address:
320 West Main Street
Danville, KY 40422

Summer Office Hours: by appointment.

Festival Info


Festival Dates:
2016: June 2 – 5
2017: June 1 – 4
2018: May 31 – June 3

Free Parking
Private golf carts and 4 wheelers are not allowed on Festival grounds
Dogs are discouraged
All bikes should be walked through Festival grounds
The Food Village features a variety of food for purchase
Coolers and outside food are permitted
No outside tables permitted
No large tents permitted in the main Festival area
Outside alcohol is not permitted
Alcohol will be available for purchase on Friday & Saturday
Keep Festival grounds clean & green
Line up & schedule are subject to change
No smoking in the festival grounds area
Main Festival Area is at 500 Walnut Street, Centre College. We also have venues downtown Danville & other surrounding areas.

GABBF Shuttle Map for 2016 (sponsored by Dan Tran)

Accessibility Information

Worker Liability Form (for Festival Volunteers)

Get Your Brass Pass

Want to get all the benefits of a Brass Pass? You can download your application here!

Get Involved!

If you would like to learn more about how you can help, we invite you to contact us to get involved!

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Community & Lodging Info

2016 GABBF Accommodations

For additional information on lodging, please contact the lodging accommodations directly or  the Festival at 859-319-8426.


Main Stage concerts at Centre College

Main Stage concerts at Centre College

The Great American Brass Band Festival is a Festival that celebrates brass music and is in its 27th year. The Festival is every June in beautiful downtown Danville, Kentucky and on the campus of Centre College.The Festival is a free, family friendly four day event. Bands come from all over the United States and Europe. We feature many events throughout the 4 days, including, Bayou and Brass Street Party, People’s Parade, Great American Picnic, Kids Art Fest, Great American Swing Dance and our newest event, The Great American Art Festival. Travel to Danville, Kentucky and enjoy this one of a kind Festival. Meet Our Board of Directors.



Niki Kinkade-Executive Director

Niki Kinkade is in her eighth year serving as the Executive Director of the Festival. Niki and her family moved from Naples, Florida to Danville when her husband accepted a teaching position with Centre College. Niki has a B.A. degree in Art History and an M.A.T. in elementary education. She has worked in many arts related organizations and has brought her organizational and leadership skills to help grow the Festival. “The GABBF is like no other Festival in the world. We are a niche event that draws people from all over the world. Festival attendees not only leave awe struck over the world class brass music but they also witness how our community pulls together and shows the world just how charming and special our piece of the Bluegrass state is.” You can contact Niki at


Leigh Jefferson-Assistant Director

This is Leigh’s fourth Festival as Assistant Director of the Festival. Leigh was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas and moved to Danville with her husband, Lee, a Centre professor, in the summer of 2008. Leigh graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi with a B.A. in English in 2000 and then went on to receive her J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2003. Since moving to Danville, Leigh has become a mother of two boys, Grey and Ethan. Leigh began working for the Festival in January 2014, and has enjoyed being a part of this community event. To contact Leigh with Festival questions, please email her at

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