On Friday, June 6th, the Great American Brass Band Festival will hold its annual Brass Symposium, this year celebrating the festival’s and this cultural event’s 25th year. The informative and entertaining event will run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in Weisiger Theatre on the campus of Centre College, Danville, KY. The registration fee s is $75.00 per person, which covers all concerts, conference materials and programs, lunch, and coffee breaks.
Among the presenters and performers will be the fine Civil War era band Old Towne Brass, the dynamic University of Kentucky Brass Quintet, and, new to the festival, the incredibly colorful, and exciting Zlatne Uste (‘Golden Lips’), a Balkan-style brass band from New York City. Balkan-style brass music has never been heard at the GABBF, and we will also enjoy the new feature film Brasslands that tells the story of this band’s recent, historic trip to and involvement in a significant Balkan brass competition.
Top brass band scholars will round out the day, including founder of the GABBF, Dr George Foreman, who will share his insights into the history and nature of the GABBF, plus the outstanding band history and Sousa scholar, Dr. Patrick Warfield. Dr. Ronald Holz, well-known band historian and brass band conductor, will host and direct the event.
Watch for complete details and schedule to be posted soon.
The GABBF is cooperating with local and state education offices so that delegates may apply for continuing education credit for having been fully involved in the Brass Symposium, and by extension, the entire GABBF.