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.