2014 Festival

June 5th – 8th, 2014


The Great American Brass Band Festival, an internationally renowned music event, turns 25 in June 2014. To celebrate this milestone the Festival is inviting back brass groups who played a key role in the early days of the GABBF as well as continuing the Festival’s goals to feature new ensembles and to grow our educational component.

Among ‘pioneer’ groups returning this year will be Jack Daniels’ Silver Cornet Band, the Brass Band of Columbus, the Civil War-era Saxton’s Cornet Band, Dixie Power Trio, and the reincarnation of the Olympia Brass Band, the Storyville Stompers from New Orleans. Making their GABBF premiere will be Zlatne Uste, a championship Balkan-style brass band from New York City, and the River City Youth Brass Band from Pittsburgh.

At the Friday Brass Symposium one special focus will be a retrospective of the entire 25 years of the festival, headed up by a range of band personalities and scholars, including the founder of the GABBF, Dr. George Foreman. Foreman will share both amusing and informative stories from the history of the Festival, as well as preview a projected book on the GABBF.

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Thursday June 5th

2:00 – 4:00 PM Chautauqua Tea and Presentation 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Presbyterian Church of Danville Tickets: $27  To purchase, call: GiGi Biles (859) 236-2120 or Lisa Maynard (859) 771-1051Enjoy the Chautauqua tradition with a specialized tea and program.Enjoy the “Great American Blend” tea produced by Elmwood Inn Fine Teas. Available for purchase. This Tea is brought to you by the Great American Brass Band Festival and by the Danville chapter of P.E.O.Tea historian and writer Bruce Richardson will present “Everything Stops for Tea” at this year’s Great American Brass Band Festival Chautauqua Tea.Everything did stop for tea throughout the first half of the 20th century as British and American workers took their tea break. The song “Everything Stops for Tea” was first performed in the 1935 musical Come Out of the Pantry, which was set in New York.Richardson’s illustrated talk will feature stories of tea’s impact on British and American culture, fashion, temperance, politics, the arts, and commerce over four centuries.Bruce Richardson is the author of 14 books on the subject of tea. He serves as contributing editor for TeaTime magazine, tea master for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and he is a frequent speaker at tea and museum events across North America.Richardson is the owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, located in Danville, and he is the creator of the official GABBF tea, which will be featured again at this year’s event. He will autograph copies of his newest book, A Social History of Tea, at the conclusion of the talk.Dick Domek, ragtime pianist, will also be featured during the Tea.
4:00 – 5:30 PM Brasslands – showing at the Library
5:00 – 6:00 PM Arnold Towers (Not open to the public) Thursday Dick Domek
5:30 – 8:00 PM Gallery Hop 5:30 – 8:00 PM Stroll down Main Street where storefront and galleries host local area artist’s works. Purple banners mark Hop Stop locations, and maps available in each.This event is sponsored by The Arts Commission of Danville-Boyle County.
5:30 – 8:00 PM Celebrating the Great American Brass Band Festival 5:30 – 7:00 PM Stop by the Community Arts Center for the Poster Signing. The poster artist will be available to sign your poster and t-shirt purchases (cash or check only please).

Friday June 6th

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Brass Symposium On Friday, June 6th, the Great American Brass Band Festival will hold its annual Brass Symposium, this year celebrating the festival’s and this cultural event’s 25th year. The informative and entertaining event will run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in Weisiger Theatre on the campus of Centre College, Danville, KY. The registration fee s is $75.00 per person, which covers all concerts, conference materials and programs, lunch, and coffee breaks.Among the presenters and performers will be the fine Civil War era band Old Towne Brass, the dynamic University of Kentucky Brass Quintet, and, new to the festival, the incredibly colorful, and exciting Zlatne Uste (‘Golden Lips’), a Balkan-style brass band from New York City. Balkan-style brass music has never been heard at the GABBF, and we will also enjoy the new feature film Brasslands that tells the story of this band’s recent, historic trip to and involvement in a significant Balkan brass competition.Top brass band scholars will round out the day, including founder of the GABBF, Dr George Foreman, who will share his insights into the history and nature of the GABBF, plus the outstanding band history and Sousa scholar, Dr. Patrick Warfield. Dr. Ronald Holz, well-known band historian and brass band conductor, will host and direct the event.Great American Brass Band Festival 2014
Celebrating 25 YearsBrass Symposium and Band History Conference Schedule, Friday, June 6, 2014
8:30—8:50 Registration in Lobby
8:55—9:20 Welcome, Announcements, and Overview of the Conference – Why We Do What We Do At the GABBF; Ronald Holz.
9:30—10:20 Concert of Newly Unearthed Civil War Brass Band Music – Old Towne Brass with Mark Elrod, Civil War Music Scholar. Program drawn from L.W. Peters Band Book; 10th Iowa Regimental Band; and Liberty Band Books, Liberty, OH
10:20—10:50 Coffee Break—Fellowship—Exhibits/Book and CD sales
10:50—11:50 Polite Fictions: Writing the March King’s Biography: Pat Warfield:
12:00—1:00 Lunch in the lobby of Newlin Hall
12:10—12:50 Luncheon Concert: University of Kentucky Faculty Brass Quintet
1:00—1:35 Brasslands; Portions of Documentary Film on Balkan Brass Festival
1:40—2:30 Concert of Balkan Brass Music; Zlatne Uste
2:30—3:00 Coffee Break—Fellowship—Exhibits/Books and CD sales
3:05—4:00 Elephants, Bicycles, and Brass … Oh, My Goodness, What Have We Done Here? The Founder Speaks—Reminiscences on the Origins and Success of the Great American Brass Band Festival: George ForemanThe GABBF is cooperating with local and state education offices so that delegates may apply for continuing education credit for having been fully involved in the Brass Symposium, and by extension, the entire GABBF.

4:30 – 6:00 PM Concert at Shaker Village 4:30 – 6:00 PMShaker Village, Pleasant Hill, KentuckySpend a lazy summer afternoon listening to Zlatne Uste, a Balkan-style brass band, in one of Kentucky’s most inspiring settings. Bring your blankets and chairs, spread out on the lawn near the historic Trustees’ Office and delight in this new festival event. Enjoy a meal in the Trustees’ Office Dining Room before or after the concert or extend your festival experience with an overnight getaway at The Inn at Shaker Village.Lemonade, wine, beer and other refreshments will be available for purchase.*  Please call Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill at 800-734-5611.*NOTE: Kentucky law prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public areas of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill property unless such beverages are purchased from Shaker Village in accordance with KRS243.042.
4:30 – 6:00 PM Concert at Downtown Stanford 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Venture out into the quaint town of Stanford and enjoy an evening of brass music and Kentucky charm.
5:30 – 7:00 PM Great American Balloon Race Stuart Powell Field, Junction City, KentuckyTake the family to the Great American Balloon Race. Relax and enjoy the spectacle of color and the excitement of the annual hot air balloon race. In event of inclement weather, the race will be rescheduled for Sunday evening. Parking and admission free.
5:30 – 10:00 PM Bayou and Brass 5:30 – 10:00 PM Main Street, Danville, KentuckyGABBF is happy to present another Party on the Street, New Orleans Style. Come have a blast at Bayou & Brass! It’s Mardi Gras on Main Street! As part of the Great American Brass Band Festival, downtown Danville will come alive with the sights, sounds and flavors of New Orleans.Enjoy music by the Storyville Stompers, Circle City Stompers, and Billy Goat Strut Revue while tasting a variety of New Orleans-style fare from Melton’s Deli, Furlong’s, Louisiana Grill, Gumbo Ya-Ya, Karamel Kreations, Twisted Sifter, and more. Sample craft brews from Lexington’s West 6th and Danville’s Beer Engine, or try a New Orleans daiquiri. Bring your kids for face painting and other children’s activities!.

  • 6:00 – 7:30 PM Billy Goat Strut Revue
  • 8:00 – 8:20 PM Circle City Sidewalk Stompers
  • 8:30 – 10:00 PM Storyville Stompers
7:00 – 8:30 PM Concert at Beaumont Inn, Harrodsburg, KentuckyBring a lawn chair and enjoy the beautiful setting of the historical Beaumont Inn while listening to one of the Festival favorites, Dixie Power Trio.

Saturday June 7th

8:05 AM Run for the BrassGet some exercise and join the locals for a 5-K race through Millennium Park.ENTRY FEE: Early registration $20 through Thursday, June 5, 2014. Late registration is $25 day of the race. No Mad Dash entry fee. Family rate of $50 for 3 or more runners of the same family.Contact: Brandon Meek for more info. 859.238.0638 or brandon.meek@fnbky.com

9:00 AM – Midnight Free Concerts on 3 StagesWeisiger Park Enjoy world class musicians perform in the gazebo of this quaint, historic park.Main Stage Come and enjoy world renowned musicians performing in the picturesque setting of Centre College.The Library Park Enjoy world class musicians as they perform at a new location for the GABBF.

9:30 AM – 8:30 PM Market Saturday Festival Market Centre College CampusBuy all your favorite GABBF merchandise at the Festival Market. We will have 2014 25th Anniversary shirts, posters & pins. We will also have a variety of other GABBF merchandise, kid’s items, rain gear, previous year’s pins, posters & previous year’s GABBF compilation CD’s.
11:00 AM Main Street Parade The official kick-off to a day of free concerts, the peoples parade marches down Main Street Danville with bands, vintage cars, clowns, local personalities and lots of beads!
12:00 – 5:00 PM Great American Creation Station

  • Instrument Petting Zoo
  • Crafts
  • Bubble Station
  • Face Painting
  • Great American Doll Story Time
5:00 PM – Midnight Great American Picnic The Great American Picnic is the highlight of the Great American Brass Band Festival. Picnic table patrons decorate their tables in elaborate and colorful themes while many fans bring lawn chairs and settle in for a magical evening of brass music under the stars. This fundraiser is a favorite among our local residents as well as our performers and patrons.

Sunday June 8th

9:15 AM Community Ecumenical Church Service 9:15 AM Main Stage, Centre College Campus, Danville, Kentucky
Everyone is invited to this community worship service, accompanied by inspirational brass band music.
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Festival Market Buy all your favorite GABBF merchandise at the Festival Market. We will have 2014 shirts, posters & pins. We will also have a variety of other GABBF merchandise, kid’s items, rain gear, previous year’s pins, posters & previous year’s GABBF compilation CD’s, including 2014 25th Anniversary merchandise.
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Free Concerts Bring your family and friends to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the lawn at Centre College. Enjoy the breeze from the shade trees as world-class brass band music fills the air.
3:40 – 4:50 PM Grand Finale Be sure to stay for the big Grand Finale at the Norton Center.

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