To become a GABBF performer, please send in media kit, which includes a letter of intent, bio of your group and sample music. The selection process takes place during the summer before the Festival.
2015 List of Performers
202nd Army Band, Frankfort, KY – The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National has been an annual participant in the Great American Brass Band Festival since 1996. The 202nd Army Band is an ensemble that features patriotic brass band music for all to enjoy.
Advocate Brass Band, Danville, KY – This Danville-based group formed in 1987 has performed in 10 countries on three continents. The group was founded by George Foreman (former managing director of Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts) with encouragement and support from Mary Schurz, the late publisher of The Advocate-Messenger and The Kentucky Advocate. The band is headed by Lydia DiMartino-Ellis, who has been with the band since 1987 as piccolo soloist. In 2010, she assumed the position of director. Members of the band range in age from 14 to 80 and come from all over Kentucky and Indiana. The band has the tradition of giving Sunday afternoon concerts each spring and fall in Danville.
The U.S. Air Force Band, the Airmen of Note, Washington, D.C. – The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band. Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps dance band, the current band consists of 18 active duty Airmen musicians including one vocalist. Through the years, the Airmen of Note has presented its own brand of big band jazz as well as more contemporary forms of jazz to audiences world wide.
All Stars Brass and Percussion Youth Band, Columbus, OH – Founded in 1986, the All-Stars were the first all-student honors group organized in the 170-years history of brass bands in the United States. The All-Star Bands were formed with the vision to foster the education of brass and percussion students through the brass band medium. As a consequence, the All-Stars have become the most awarded youth brass bands in North America.
Circle City Sidewalk Stompers, Indianapolis, IN – The Circle City Sidewalk Stompers Clown Band has been performing fast-moving choreographed routines to upbeat music since 1976. The musicians, including trumpets, trombones, saxophones, bass and snare drums, and sousaphone are dressed in colorful clown costumes and entertain the crowd the comic interaction and fancy footwork.
DOJO, Lexington, KY – DOJO, the DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra, features our very own Vince DiMartino and long time musical collaborator Miles Osland. This duo of accomplished and well known musicians will bring big band sound to the Brass Band Stage. Favorites of DOJO to perform for audiences include, “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “My Funny Valentine”.
Raleigh Dailey Trio, Lexington, KY – In a Festival honoring brass with a jazz twist, this trio will provide the jazz sounds any audience would clamor to hear. Raleigh Daily Trio has at times worked in collaboration with the DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra, and together they will provide inventive and inspiring brass music. This trio will be harvesting the rich fields of popular music with stylishly arranged readings of familiar tunes along with original compositions and re-imagined jazz standards.
Household Troops Band of the Salvation Army, Cambridge, United Kingdom – The Household Troops Band of The Salvation Army was formed in 1887 from a group previously known as the Life Guards. They will march to afternoon open-air venues and play an outdoor concert to the public before their evening concerts. The Band frequently sees people attend Salvation Army concerts for the first time having heard the Band in the open-air. The Band has a varied program of music and a very relaxed approach, aimed at attracting new people to The Salvation Army.
Lagniappe Brass Band, New Orlenas, LA – The sticky, fried catfish scented air is the funk that New Orleans’ own Lagniappe Brass Band breathes. Lagniappe Brass Band hits hard with its up-tempo, high energy funk that makes asses shake and sweat glands sweat. The group has logging 250+ shows a year nationally and internationally. From small and authentic smoke filled and beer tinged New Orleans bars, to festivals for audiences of thousands – Lagniappe’s six horn players bring an undeniable, massive wall of sound that fills your ears and the air above the streets.
Oakland University Brass Band, Rochester, MI – The Oakland University Brass Band, formed in September of 2009, enjoys the distinction of being one of the few collegiate brass bands in the country. Since its inception, the group has attracted enthusiastic audiences to its concerts that have been presented both on and off campus. The band is comprised primarily of undergraduate and graduate music majors. Oakland University Brass Band is a British Style Brass Band.
Rhythm & Brass, United States – :”Beyond Category” was a term the great Duke Ellington used as the highest form of praise for those artists who transcended normal boundaries. Since their inaugural season in 1993, Rhythm & Brass has lived up to the ideal of a musical presentation that is not bound by time, geography or culture. With the unique ability to incorporate influences as divergent as Josquin Des Prez, Pink Floyd, John Coltrane, Johann Sebastian Bach, and, of course, Duke Ellington, Rhythm & Brass searches for the commonality in these influences and fearlessly weaves them all into a single concert experience.
Saxton’s Cornet Band, Kentucky – Saxton’s Cornet Band recreates the sounds, appearance, and conduct of brass bands during the antebellum and Civil War eras. Their programs are full of energy and are very entertaining both musically and visually. The performance is a complete historically accurate concert experience from the mid-nineteenth century, complete with dramatic readings and period humor in addition to the excellent music. Reorganized in 1989, the Saxton’s Cornet Band of today strives to maintain the spirit and high standards set by the original ensemble. Saxton’s Cornet Band is a Kentucky and National treasure.
Storyville Stompers, New Orleans, LA – Storyville Stompers started as a group of friends who had a love of traditional, New Orleans music, the Storyville Stompers have grown to become one of the preeminent brass bands in the nation, having played throughout the US, Europe, South America and Asia. The band continues to play New Orleans-music in the traditional style, a music considered the foundation for traditional Jazz and Dixieland.”
Town Branch Five Plus Two, Lexington, KY – The Town Branch Five Plus Two is a versatile group with instrumental and vocal talents that lend themselves to skilled re-creation and interpretation of hot jazz from the 1920s era. Featuring the music of greats such as Hoagy Carmichael, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Cole Porter, the Five Plus Two will present some of the best of Roaring Twenties jazz at this year’s festival.
Al Hood, Aurora, CO – Trumpeter Alan Hood hails from the small upstate New York town of Pumpkin Hook and has been performing music for over 30 years. Mr. Hood toured the world with the Phil Collins Big Band, appearing at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and New York City’s prestigious Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Rex Richardson, Yamaha Performing Artist – A veteran of the renowned chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and appearances with countless celebrity artists in multiple genres, he stays busy as a headline artist at international festivals and as a soloist with orchestras, jazz ensembles, brass bands and concert bands on five continents. Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson tours globally as a trumpet soloist and jazz artist. He is professor of trumpet and jazz trumpet at VCU in Richmond, VA and International Tutor in Trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.
Wycliffe Gordon, Lexington, KY – Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation.
Performers Schedule for 2015
Performers Schedule for 2015- Click here to download the complete performance schedule
Thursday June 4th
Chautauqua Tea 2:00–4:00 PM Household Troops Band Of the Salvation Army (U.K.)
Community Outreach Concert at McDowell Place of Danville 6:30 PM
Household Troops Band (not a public event)
Gallery Hop 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Great American Swing Dance at the Library Park 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Free Public Swing Dance Lessons & the Great American Swing Dance with The Town Branch Five Plus Two
Friday June 5th
Brass Symposium, Master Classes & Sight Reading 9:00 AM—5:00 PM
Wycliffe Gordon, Airmen of Note, Rhythm & Brass, Raleigh Daily Jazz Trio, Town Branch Five, AL Hood, Rex Richardson
BBQ & Brass Luncheon Concert 11:30-1:00 PM Storyville Stompers
Shaker Village Concert 4:30-6:00 PM Household Troops Band
Beaumont Inn Concert 7:00-8:30 PM Rhythm and Brass
Balloon Race 5:30-6:30 PM Circle City Sidewalk Stompers
Bayou & Brass 5:30—10:00 PM
5:00 – 6:30 PM Storyville Stompers
6:30 – 7:30 PM Circle City Sidewalk Stompers
8:00 – 9:30 PM Lagniappe Brass Band
Saturday June 6
Weisiger Park Stage
8:00 Yoga in the Park
9:00 Saxton’s Cornet Band
10:00 The Town Branch Five Plus Two
Noon: Oakland University Brass Band
1:00 Rhythm and Brass
2:00 All Star Brass and Percussion (Youth Band)
People’s Main Street Parade 11:00 AM
Saxton’s Cornet Band
Advocate Band Band
Circle City Sidewalk Stompers
Lagniappe Brass Band
Noon: Raleigh Daily Trio w/ Al Hood and Wycliffe Gordon
1:00 202 Army Band
2:00 Saxton’s Cornet Band
3:00 Household Troops Band
4:00 Circle City Sidewalk Stompers on Walnut Street
5:00—5:40 The Town Branch Five Plus Two
6:00—6:50 Advocate Brass Band
7:00—7:50 Oakland University Brass Band w/ Rex Richardson
8:00—8:50 Rhythm and Brass
9:00—10:10 USAF Airmen of Note—w/ soloists Wycliffe Gordon & Al Hood
10:20 Lagniappe Brass Band
Sunday June 7th
9:15 Community Church Service – Household Troops Band
11:00 Household Troops Band
12:00 Oakland University Brass Band
1:00 Rhythm and Brass
2:00 All Star Brass and Percussion (Youth Band)
Grand Finale at Norton Center
3:10 Doors Open
3:40—4:55 Airmen of Note and DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO), with soloists