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"When we see a town with flourishing enterprises, such as newspapers, schools, libraries, picture galleries, literary and scientific societies, concert halls, theaters, Brass Bands, etc., we need not to be told that it is the dwelling place of intelligent and cultivated people."

This excerpt from G. F. Patton's A Practical Guide to the Arrangement of Band Music, published in 1875, describes our town. Made famous as the place where Abraham Lincoln delivered his "Gettysburg Address" four months after the Civil War Battle which bears it's name, the small college town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is home to the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, produced by a group of community volunteers in partnership with the Lutheran Seminary, The Music, Gettysburg! concert series, the Gettysburg Times, and Destination Gettysburg. Gettysburg Brass Band Festival performers have included members of The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, The United States Army "Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps, The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus, The Quantico Marine Band, The Atlantic Brass Band, The River City Brass Band, and the United States Army Herald Trumpets.

The philosophy for the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival notes that it provides a "life after high school" experience to the many students in school bands. The bands performing in the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival show students that performing opportunities continue after graduation from high school. The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival provides a performance opportunity for bands from all over the country and world in our historic town. The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival provides a reason for people to visit the town of Gettysburg, surrounding area, and National Military Park. The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival strives to improve the quality of life in our town.