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Mailing Address:

ATTN: Niki Kinkade
Executive Director
P.O. Box 429
Danville, KY 40423

Physical Address:

320 West Main Street
Danville, KY 40422






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 niki.kinkade@gabbf.org

Leigh Jefferson

Associate 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 admin@gabbf.org.


Executive Committee Members for 2017

Michael Strysick

Director of Communications, Centre College

Michael’s nearly 20 years of experience is split evenly between his work as a faculty member and administrator. He earned his Ph.D in comparative literature at Binghamton University, SUNY, and shortly thereafter completed an NEH Summer Seminar at Yale University with the now late R.W. B. Lewis. He has taught English at Georgia Tech, campuses in the Kent State and University of Wisconsin systems, Davidson College and Wake Forest University, where he transitioned to administrative staff and began his career in communications. More recently Strysick served as executive director of college relations and associate vice president for institutional advancement at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Immediately prior to his appointment at Centre, Strysick worked as a Strategic Partner with Patton McDowell & Associates, a Charlotte-based consultancy that provides philanthropic counsel and organizational strategy. Michael is in his third year as a member of the Festival board and first year as President.

Bruce Richardson

Vice President
Owner, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas

MSN calls Bruce Richardson “A leading tea expert involved in tea’s American renaissance for over 20 years.” A former choral conductor and tubist, Bruce now composes signature tea blends (such as the Great American Brass Band Blend), writes books about tea culture and history, and appears frequently on television and radio talk shows or at tea events across the country. In 2011, Bruce was named Tea Master for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum where he is helping to define tea’s historical role in the iconic event that helped shape America’s destiny. He also serves as a contributing editor for TeaTime magazine and his enlightening articles about the world of tea may be found at The Tea Maestro Blog. Bruce has authored 14 books on tea over the past two decades. Bruce is in his third year as a board member.

Rochelle Bayless

Nonprofit Communications/Fundraising Professional, Owner of Grace Cafe

Deeply rooted in Kentucky for eight generations, Shelly is a nonprofit communications/fundraising professional with more than 25 years of experience. During her tenure in the nonprofit sector Shelly gained valuable experience including: mission advancement, strategic planning, implementing fund development best practices, board development and governance, event planning, and community outreach. In addition, Shelly is an artist, freelance graphic designer,a volunteer Chaplain at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, and for many years Shelly served spiritual needs through artistic expression for incarcerated women at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, CT. Shelly holds a MA Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT and a BFA from Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, CT. This is Shelly’s third year as a member of the Festival board.

Jill Malusky

Director of Visitor Engagement, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Jill was educated at the University of Manchester and has brought her talents to Kentucky, specifically in her role as Director of Visitor Engagement at a local favorite destination, Shaker Village. Her work focus has been in the following areas: teaching and leadership in educational, artistic, cultural and historic settings. She became a museum manager by the age of 24 and has worked in the U.S. and abroad in the UK. Jill has experience in small and large organizations, from community museums to galleries, universities, and historic landmarks. Jill is enjoying her time in Kentucky and her relationship with the Brass Band Festival. This is Jill’s second year as a board member.

Additional Board Members for 2017

John Albright

President, Caldwell Stone Company

John is the President of Caldwell Stone, a local business, and has been a key volunteer from the Festival’s beginning. John stepped forward to lead GABBF when George Foreman stepped down in 2005. John was inducted into the Hall of Fame for GABBF in 2011. His ongoing mission is to maintain the highest quality Festival and to enhance audience experience by evaluating every aspect and continuing to upgrade staging and sound equipment. John has been a Festival volunteer and member of the board for many years.

Dr. Thomas Baeker

Medical Director, Ephraim McDowell Commonwealth Cancer Center; Chairman, Ephraim McDowell Commonwealth Cancer Center

Tom earned his bachelor and medical degrees from The University of Missouri-Columbia. He then went on to complete an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center. Upon completing his residency, he went to University Hospital at Boston University where he completed clinical fellowships in hematology and medical oncology, as well as a research fellowship in hematology. Over the course of his career, Tom has served as a clinical professor of medicine, participated in many cancer research projects and co-authored a number of articles on cancer-related topics for publication in scientific journals. He and his family reside in Danville and this is his second year as a member of the board.

Carla B. Carr

Vice President, Marketing and Retail Strategy at First Southern National Bank

Carla is a native of Danville, Kentucky, where she resides with her husband, Ryan, and children, William, Andrew, and Addison. She was recently named Vice President, Marketing and Retail Strategy for First Southern National Bank, headquartered in Stanford, Kentucky. Carla also recently graduated from the American Banker Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking and earned a Wharton Leadership Certificate from the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Carla is in her first year of serving on the Board and will be providing her marketing expertise.

Terry Crowley

Terry has been a long time member of the Festival logistics team. He is dedicated to the Festival’s mission and continuing the Festival for another twenty-eight years. Terry has been a Festival volunteer and member of the Board for many years, providing insight and history that is central to the Festival’s contiuance.

Dana Frondal

Training Coordinator, Farmers National Bank

Dana is responsible for employee wellness, training, and career development for Farmers National Bank staff. Dana has been in this position for the past eleven years. She has enjoyed serving her community as a volunteer and board member of many local schools and organizations. Dana resides in Danville with her husband and two children. Since she was young she has always been an active musician and vocalist. Overall, Dana is an active participant and passionate advocate for education and music. She is in her second year of serving on the Board.

Anthony Gray Jr. “Tony”

Police Chief of the Danville Police Department

Tony is a Danville native and a graduate from Danville High School. He has been the Chief of the Danville Police Department since 2012. In his spare time, Tony enjoys being a basketball official. He and his wife have two children. Tony has had a long relationship with the Festival in his role as police chief, and is in his second year as a member of the board.

Kelly Gray

Owner of Marketplacegray

Kelly and her husband Adam recently opened Marketplacegray, a wonderful home decor store on South 4th Street in Danville, Kentucky. Kelly and her family live in Perryville, Kentucky. Kelly attended Western Kentucky University and before that Boyle County High School. She has long ties to Boyle County and is in her first year of being a member of the Board, bringing her knowledge on local business ownership and marketing.

Patrick McClure

Attorney, McClure, McClure, and Bailey PLLC

Patrick is a native to Danville and local attorney who primarily handles cases regarding Criminal and Family Law in the firm of McClure, McClure & Bailey. He and his wife Jenny have two boys and both enjoy their involvement with the Festival. Patrick has been a part of the festival since 1990, assisting with everything from parking, to transportation, to band hosting, at the direction of his Aunt Nancy Caudill who was a driving force in the creation of the GABBF. Jenny moved to Danville when they got married in 2006, and fell in love with the festival her first day. She has helped coordinate the Bayou and Brass event since its inception. Patrick remains committed to the future of the Festival and is in his second year of serving on the Board.

Cody Polston

General Manager, Danville Hampton Inn

Central Kentucky native and lover of all things Danville, Cody has had a dynamic role in the events in Danville since his return in 2012. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Business Management, Cody found a love in helping people which he was able to combine with his knowledge of business to turn into a career in the hospitality industry. Cody now resides as the General Manager of the Danville Hampton Inn. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Convention & Visitor Bureau and is an active volunteer for the Heart of Danville. Cody is in his second year of serving on the Festival Board.

Tom Tye

Owner and LPL Financial Advisor, Tye Financial Group

Tom was a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments from April 2001 to December 2009 and also acted as Group Leader, Mentor, and Field Trainer. Tom has lived in Danville, Kentucky for over 20 years with wife, Lynn. He and Lynn have two children, Adam and Alexandra. Tom received a BS Degree in Accounting from Cumberland College and MBA from Eastern Kentucky University. He holds Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) designation and Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation. Tom has been involved with the Festival as a board member and volunteer for many years.

Denise Van Steenlandt

President and CEO, Bluegrass Community Bank

Denise is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking, University of Louisville KBA Banking School, Paducah Community College, and the Institute of Financial Education AIB Banking and Accounting program. She has been in banking for over 25 years. Denise has lived in Danville for 15 years, is married with two children, who both are currently attending Boyle Count High School, and attends Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She is also a member of the local Danville Rotary Chapter and the United Way Board. Denise is in her first year of serving as a member of the Board and is excited to be a part of the Festival atmosphere.