UPDATE: Great American Brass Band Festival cancels 2020 event

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UPDATE, POSTED 10 A.M. JULY 29, 2020

DANVILLE, KY. (WTVQ) – With Covid -19 pandemic cases continuing to increase and in accordance with state guidance on large gatherings, the Great American Brass Band Festival’s Board of Directors are saddened to announce the 31st annual festival will be postponed until June 2021.

The festival was originally scheduled June 4-7, 2020, scaled-down and rescheduled to July 25th, and then moved again to the weekend of Sept. 12.

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However, at the Board of Directors meeting on July 28, the final decision was made to cancel any 2020 events, and instead postpone until the scheduled 2021 date of June 10-13.

Chairman Patrick McClure expressed his sadness that for the first time in over 3 decades there would be no Festival to celebrate all that the event has come to mean to Danville and the surrounding counties

“My friend, Alex McCrosky, often says ‘we may not win every game, but we ain’t never lost a party’, but today I feel like we kind of did. Covid-19 won this one.  Our respect for our sponsors, and our commitment to our musicians led us to postpone twice in the hopes of improvement in the situation for all of us, not just for the festival but for our Commonwealth,” McClure said. “But those same sponsors, and our Board, have the utmost concern for the most vulnerable among us, the ever changing landscape of what any kind of “group event” might look like, and just basic common sense in light of the recent numbers in Kentucky and throughout the nation. Given what has happened, the show simply cannot go on…this year.

“However, I know that with the energy already building for a time when we can again come together to do this right, in a way befitting our traditions and spotlighting new ideas and music, we will make the 2021 event one that should be something to remember. We have the people, the community support, and the dedication to ensure that this is just a postponement to better and brighter things to come,” McClure added.

“As the incoming executive director, I am disappointed that I won’t get my first festival under my belt until next year, however this is the right decision to make with such uncertainty at this time,” Missy Angolia said.  “I would like to thank all of the sponsors for their continued support, and will be reaching out to them, as well as other key-event coordinators in the upcoming weeks.”

The Great American Brass Band Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1990. For information, or sponsorship and donation opportunities, visit www.gabbf.org

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 2 p.m. MAY 19, 2020

DANVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – One of the region’s most unique music festivals has re-scheduled for a third time, hoping the third time will be the charm.

The Great American Brass Band Festival on the campus of Centre College and in downtown Danville, Ky. is now set for Sept, 11-12, 2020. It originally was set for early June and then moved to late July as health and safety concerns with the coronavirus changed.

“We are currently working with our slated 2020 bands, and will reach out to key players in the next week as well. There are many moving parts to the festival, even a scaled-down version, so please be patient as we are working hard behind the scenes to bring you the best event that we can during this uncertain time,” said festival organizers.

The event has been around 31 years and draws music buffs not just from across the region but also the country and Europe because of its unique focus on brass bands, their history and their influence on music.