Entertainment legend Doc Severinsen is coming to Kentucky as the feature soloist at this summer’s Great American Brass Band Festival this June. The festival, which brings together many of the greatest names in brass music, will take place on the campus of Centre College in Danville.
Doc Severinsen is best known as a bandleader and trumpeter and for his leading of the band on the ‘Tonight Show With Johnny Carson’ from 1967 until Carson’s retirement in 1992. Since then he has been a successful recording artist, and remains on tour at the age of 84.
The festival, celebrating its 23rd year, once again takes on an international flavor with guests and entertainers from across the US, Canada and Great Britain.
All events are free, and guests from all over North America will crowd into Danville, the central Kentucky home of Centre College.
Events kick off Thursday with ‘The Chautauqua Tea’. Other non-musical events include the ‘Run For The Brass’ 5K, a gallery hop of local businesses, plus the kick off parade on Saturday morning.
Details of Severensen’s performance haven’t been announced. More than likely he’ll be performing during the feature event, the Saturday evening Great American Picnic.
Entertainers will be spread over three venues during the four day event, and this years line up includes:
- Advocate Brass Band
- Atlantic Brass Band 2011 North American Brass Band Champions
- Capitol City Concert Band
- Central Kentucky Concert Band
- Circle City Sidewalk Stompers
- Kentucky Baroque Trumpets
- Madison Community Band
- North York Temple Band from Ontario, Canada
- Stiletto Brass Quintet
- Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans
- Tornado Brass Band from New Orleans
- United States Army Herald Trumpets from Washington
- U.S. Army Field Federal Brass Band from Ft Mead
- Walnut Street Ragtime Ramblers
- 202nd Army Band
In addition to the major bands, soloists this year (in addition to Doc Severinsen), include Danville’s own father-son team of Vince DiMartino & Daniel DiMartino, Al Hood, Rich Illman, Gerassimos Ioannidis of Athens, Greece and many more. The big wheeled ‘Ohio Wheelmen’ will also be putting in an appearance.
This year’s guest conductor and composer is Peter Graham of the United Kingdom.
Tens of thousands of people will make Danville the place to be for classic, brass band music. Make your plans early so you’ll be able to enjoy all of the fun and festivities. A complete performance schedule, as well as more information is available at the event website – www.gabbf.org, or contact the organizers at 859-319-8426. They’re also available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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