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  1. February 27, 2009
  2. By:  Ben Jones, Gettysburg Festival’s Artistic Director for Brass

I’m really excited on learning that the fabulous River City Brass Band from Pittsburgh will kick off The 2009 Gettysburg Festival with a free concert.  Mark your calendars for 7pm, Thursday, June 18, at the Festival Main Stage on the beautiful campus of Gettysburg College. Many of we band fans have experienced the beautiful brass sounds and energy of  the River City Brass Band in concert at Messiah College, the Luhr’s Center at Shippensburg University and the Strand Capitol in York. Now, for the first time, it’s Gettysburg’s turn!! Tickets to the River City Brass performances typically run between $20 and $25 each, but we are thrilled to be able to offer this performance to the Gettysburg community for free.  Donations are most appreciated and a $10 donation will entitle you to seats within our premium VIP seating area.  Please note, in case of rain the River City concert will move to the marvelous Majestic Theater in downtown Gettysburg.


Keep checking our festival web page,, or,, for the soon to be announced schedule of 20 additional brass performances in the 2009 Gettysburg Festival.  The schedule includes many crowd favorites who have performed in Gettysburg before, but I’m excited to say the schedule also includes many accomplished, excellent musicians who will be performing in Gettysburg for the first time ever.  Hope to see you in June!


By Chad-Alan Carr

February 12, 2009




I am honored to return to this year’s festival as the Artistic Director for Children’s Theatre and I look forward to seeing even more families out at the Festival Main Stage for our children’s programming/performances and all of our events this year for The Gettysburg Festival!


This year is certainly an exciting year for me as I am seeing my life dream coming true of opening my own children’s musical theatre company. The Adams County School of Musical Theatre is right here in Gettysburg with musical theatre classes and productions for ages 6 to 20 year round. I am thrilled at this new adventure in my career and look forward to our wonderful Premiere “Once Upon A Dream” 2009 Season which will include all-youth musical theatre productions of Disney’s High School Musical 2, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Pippin, School House Rock Live Jr., Santa’s Winter Wonderland and Seussical Jr.


I am also ecstatic about my new company having their premiere performances of Disney’s High School Musical 2 and Disney’s Sleeping Beauty this June at The Gettysburg Festival 2009! There is so much excitement going on but I am looking for one very important element for these productions for the festival…KIDS!!!


It’s not too late to sign up for the current show season!  Anyone ages 6 to 20 who likes to sing, dance, and act on a stage should stop by and visit us and consider joining in the fun. We accept everyone and every student is cast into our productions.

For more information check out my new website at


I look forward to seeing you—whether it’s in the show or in the audience—so we can help make this year’s Gettysburg Festival even bigger than the last, after all “We’re All In This Together!”