Gabbf '08

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Dale Proctor, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Dale Proctor

    Dale Proctor Utimate User

    Jul 20, 2006
    Heart of Dixie
    Just returned from the GABBF last night, and man, what a weekend! We played a few demonstration pieces for a lecture by Mark Elrod (the guy who wrote the book on Civil War instruments) at the Conference on Brass Band History, and followed that up a little later by playing a "Lincoln Concert", some of his favorite pieces to commemorate his 200th birthday this year. Then on Saturday, we marched the big parade through downtown. That was our only commitment for Saturday, so we spent the rest of the day (and night) listening to great brass music on the main stage. We did take a break to run through our Sunday concert pieces and to eat dinner. We were housed in a nice dorm at Centre College, pretty near all the happenings. Sunday arrived, which was our 55 minutes of fame on the main stage. We had to follow the Fountain City Brass Band (2007 & 2008 NABBA winners), which was a little intimidating, but our concert went great and was well-received by the audience. The organizers estimated an attendence of 30,000 to 32,000 over the 4-day event.

    Link to the site: The Official Site of The Great American Brass Band Festival - Home

    I got to meet Jeff Stockham, who is an instrument collector, leader of the Excelsior Cornet Band, and a phenomenal jazz player. He roomed across the hall from me and we had a few good conversations - really nice guy. Also got to talk with Vince DiMartino a few minutes, also a nice guy and what a player!! Also met and talked with Philip Biggs from England, who publishes "The Brass Herald" magazine. The featured performers included: Advocate Band, American Poijat, Band of the Air Force Reserve, Capital City Community Band, Circle City Sidewalk Stompers, EKU Faculty Brass Quintet, Excelsior Cornet Band, Fountain City Brass Band, Hellcats (West Point), Jack Brass Band, Lexington Brass Quintet, Olde Towne Brass, Saxton's Cornet Band, Southern Territorial Band of the Salvation Army, United States Army Brass Quintet, and Charles Villarrubia. All-in-all, a fun weekend. Here are a few pictures I took:

    Sgt. Jeff Stockham deploying the troops

    Members of the Hellcats

    Vince DiMartino warming up before the parade

    U.S. Army Brass Quintet

    Crowd shot

    Advocate Band featuring the Hellcats
  2. Richard Oliver

    Richard Oliver Forte User

    Jul 18, 2006
    Casper, WY
    Thanks Dale. Looks like a good time was had by all. Love the Beecham quote. Like Beecham's Messiah too. Oh, Dale, check out the thread in the lounge: Webster and Dyke doing The Trumpet Shall Sound.

    I bet Beecham was a closet brass bander ;)

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