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.