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202nd Army Band

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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.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

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Advocate Brass Band

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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.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

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Capital City Community Band

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Frankfort, KY – Frankfort Kentucky’s Capital City Community Band was founded in August of 1986 by local musicians who wanted to utilize the city’s pool of musical talent for public performances. Since its inception, the band has played at a variety of events and received high acclaim for its outstanding performances. The band has three regularly scheduled concerts each year along with various other performances in both Frankfort and Georgetown. We play music for concert band, from marches to orchestral transcriptions and all types of band literature in between.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

Central Kentucky Concert Band

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Lexington, KY – The Central Kentucky Concert Band is widely recognized as the premier, adult concert band in the Commonwealth, as well as one of the finest assembles of its nature in the southeastern United States. The CKCB was founded in 1976 by Peter Martin and Dennis Van Horn. Originally formed as the “Bluegrass Concert Band,” the name was soon changed as the ensemble began to attract players from throughout the Commonwealth, as well as southern Ohio and West Virginia. Today the ensemble thrives as it boasts a membership united by a common love of music making. The continuing goal of the CKCB is to provide a plethora of experiences that prove to be musically rewarding and personally enjoyable for the players and audience members alike. Be a part of the Festival audience enjoying this

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Regional Police Service

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Cambridge, Ontario – The Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Regional Police Service was formed in 1977 and represents Community Policing at its finest. The band administrator is Constable Ron Hallman. Coming all the way from Ontario, this band will provide international talent to the Festival.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

Chapel Brass of The Salvation Army

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Worthington, OHChapel Brass came in to existence during 2001 (as the Central Ohio Youth Band) and gave its first public performance at a Festival of Thanksgiving in November of that year. Since that time, the band has performed at several locations in Ohio. The majority of the band’s repertoire is drawn from the Salvation Army’s band journals and includes marches, hymn tune settings and classical favorites. Many of the band’s members are students who perform with their school and college ensembles in addition to their participation with Chapel Brass. This is the Salvation Army at its finest so be sure to see them live at the Festival.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

Circle City Sidewalk Stompers

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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.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

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Gabriel DiMartino

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Liverpool, NYGabriel DiMartino has been playing trumpet since his father gave him one to put in his toy box on his third birthday. DiMartino has studied the trumpet nearly his entire life, taking lessons and attending master classes and conferences for more than 18 years. DiMartino can be heard on a variety of recordings, from the Vivaldi Concerto (with father Vince) with the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble (under the direction of John Laverty) to the horse-whinny on the collected works of Leroy Anderson played on the San Phillipo Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. DiMartino returns to Danville, Kentucky every summer to be a part of the Brass Band Festival.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

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Wycliffe Gordon

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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.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

GREAT AMERICAN BRASS BAND FESTIVAL: 2014

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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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2014 GABBF Brochure
2014 GABBF Poster
2014 Poster Press Release
2014 GABBF Digital Ad 1
2014 GABBF Digital Ad 2
2014 GABBF Print Ad

 

 

Great American Brass Band Festival: 2015

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June 4—7, 2015

Brass Greats of American Jazz headline the 26th annual Great American Brass Band Festival, June 4—7, 2015. While maintaining the widest range of brass styles and performing groups—from historical bands of the Civil War to modern, large-scale British-style brass bands—the festival will have a special focus on America jazz and some of the great brass performers who played a major role in the development of America’s most significant contribution to world music.

Among ‘Brass Greats’ to be profiled will be the brass legends like Louis Armstrong. King Oliver, Clifford Brown, and a host of others. An outstanding array of jazz musicians, both soloists and ensemble, will head the lineup: Soloists Wycliffe Gordon, Rex Richardson, Al Hood, Vince DiMartino; Jazz Groups: USAF Airmen of Note, Rhythm and Brass, DiMartino–Osland Jazz Orchestra (with Raleigh Dailey Jazz Trio), and a new ‘early American jazz’ group, The Town Branch Five Plus Two. Two fine traditional New Orleans-style jazz groups will also feature in a major way: Storyville Stompers and Lagniappe.

Traditional brass band music will also be front-and-center. We are proud to announce that the outstanding British Salvation Army brass band, The Household Troops Band, will end their 2015 American tour at the GABBF, and play a major role in the weekend. Other favorites include the Civil war era Saxton’s Cornet Band, and representing the North American Brass Band Association, the University of Oakland (MI) Brass Band.

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Brass Symposium Press Release
Strike Up the Band Press Release
Summertime and the Living is Easy Press Release
2015 GABBF Brochure

 

 

GREAT AMERICAN BRASS BAND FESTIVAL: 2016

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June 2-5, 2016

This year, we celebrate the great tradition of bands in America that has flourished from decades before our Civil War right up to the present during the 27th annual Great American Brass Band Festival, June 2—5, 2016.  Hundreds of thousands of volunteer musicians currently play in bands across our land.  We honor them this year with an emphasis on community bands from across the region and even from Canada.  Yet the GABBF always puts professional musicians front and center as well.  Headlining the weekend will be the superb United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, from Washington, DC.  Renowned brass artists will also be featured along with the widest range of brass music, from New Orleans-style jazz brass band Storyville Stompers to chamber-size groups like Bulldog Brass from the University of Georgia, including world-class trumpeter Philip Smith, former principal of the New York Philharmonic, who will feature with them.

New to the GABBF this year will be the exciting Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, a group adept at many styles of music, including great jazz. Joining them will be perennial favorite Wycliffe Gordon, trombonist extraordinaire.  Home grown solo talent, now following his own solo trumpet and teaching career (University of Syracuse music faculty) will be Gabriel Di Martino.  British-style brass bands will be represented by the top-flight professional North Carolina Brass Band and the community-based Salvation Army band from Worthington, OH, Chapel Brass. We are pleased to offer a Civil War-era Battle of the Bands this year that will combine, from the ‘North’ The Wildcat Regiment Band, and, from the ‘South,’ Kentucky’s own Saxton’s Cornet Band.   Playing a key role throughout the weekend will be trumpet and trombone choirs made up of outstanding players from the University of Kentucky.

We are very pleased that six ‘community’ wind bands will cement our theme this year. The groups include the host Advocate Brass Band (Danville, KY), Capital City Band (Frankfort, KY), Central Kentucky Concert Band (Lexington, KY),  Madison Community Band (Richmond, KY), and all the way from Ontario, Canada, the Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, a group at home in both concert formation and on parade and in outdoor musical demonstrations.  Returning to the GABBF are several specialist groups, like Dick Domek’s winsome Walnut Street Ragtime Ramblers, the highly entertaining Circle City Stompers, and well-known pianist Scott Kirby. Scott will add invaluably to our Theme with a new, exciting program entitled Main Street Souvenirs: A Journey Through the American Heartland, a multi-media presentation that will be offered at both annual the Brass Symposium and again on Saturday afternoon. 

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2016 GABBF Brochure

 

 

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Scott Kirby

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Boulder, CO – A native of Ohio, Scott Kirby began his study of music at the age of six, and continued formal piano instruction for seventeen years. Kirby has served as Musical Director of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO, and of the Rock Mountain Ragtime and American Music Festival in Boulder, CO, as well as director of the San Juan Islands Ragtime Institute. Kirby’s artistic Passion grew to include visual art, and in 2005, while living in France, he completed 75 paintings and 28 piano compositions, including “The Prairie Devotionals.” The paintings and the new musical works set the groundwork for his new multi-media project, “Main Street Souvenirs.” Kirby divides his time between composing, painting, performing, and teaching. Be sure to see Kirby at the Festival and enjoy this mix of the musical and visual.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

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Madison Community Band

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Richmond, KY – The Madison Community Band plays standard concert band literature, transcriptions, show tunes, seasonal and patriotic favorites, and marches of various types. The band was established in July 2009 and is based in Richmond, Kentucky, with members residing in Madison and surrounding counties. The band, under the direction of Dr. John Stroube, is made up of high school and college students, educators, business people, attorneys, retirees and others who enjoy performing the finest in wind band literature. The band is a proud member of the Association of Concert Bands and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and it was a featured ensemble at the 2012 Great American Brass Band Festival and the 2012 International Town and Gown Association Conference. Come see this band in its second appearance at the Festival.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

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North Carolina Brass Band

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High Pointe, North Carolina – Established in 2014, the North Carolina Brass Band is the newest professional music ensemble in the state of North Carolina and the newest professional brass band in the United States.  Under the direction of Music Director Brian Meixner, the NCBB is a British-style brass band and is composed of the finest brass players and percussionists in the central region of the state. This fresh new sound from the North Carolina Brass Band is providing concert-goers with a greater variety of musical styles; including transcriptions of music for orchestra, wind band, choir, and even jazz and pop music, not to mention the wealth of exciting original music written specifically for brass band. Be sure to come see this new Festival band.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

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Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass

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Philadelphia, PA – The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America’s top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. A group that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture, RMPBB is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone. The group is especially dedicated to reaching out to the world’s youth and inspiring them to reach for their dreams. The group burst onto the music scene with a debut performance in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall, a residency for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and a special feature on the National Public Radio show, “All Things Considered.” Performances by the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass range from solo trumpet, to brass quintet, to the full ensemble with percussion. This first time at the Festival band is one not to be missed.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

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Saxton’s Cornet Band

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Frankfort, KYSaxton’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.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

Philip Smith

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Athens, GAPhilip Smith joined the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia as the William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy Professor in the Arts in August 2014.  In addition to teaching his trumpet studio, he is the Bandmaster of the UGA British Brass Band, member of the faculty Georgia Brass Quintet, and coach of the Bulldog Brass Society.   In addition to soloing, Mr. Smith has conducted many brass bands and brass ensembles, most recently the Imperial Brass and Gramercy Brass in the summer of 2015, and the Georgia Brass Band in the Fall of 2014.  Mr. Smith has appeared regularly as soloist, recitalist, chamber orchestra performer, and clinician and has appeared with symphonic wind ensembles.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

Storyville Stompers

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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.”

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

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The United States Army Band “Perishing’s Own”

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Washington, D.C. – The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has been the premier musical organization of the U.S. Army since 1922 when Army Chief of Staff* General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing directed that it be formed to emulate the premier European military bands he had heard during the First World War. “Pershing’s Own” provides musical support for the leadership of the United States, to include all branches of government, and to a wide spectrum of national and international events in support of Soldiers and their Families, public diplomacy, community and international relations, recruiting initiatives, and music education programs. The band’s mission is to instill in our forces the will to fight and win, to foster the support of our citizens, and to promote our national interests at home and abroad. We are Soldiers telling the story of America’s Army, the Nation’s force of decisive action. Be sure to come see this American brass story live at the Festival.

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Performed at 2016 GABBF

 

 

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