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Pre-Festival Events Begin Friday and the Festival Will Be In Full Swing Saturday, With Over 75 Events
During the 10-Day Celebration

GETTYSBURG, PA (June 6, 2013) – The cross roads of history and culture come together this weekend for the 6th Annual Gettysburg Festival, held June 7-16th throughout downtown Gettysburg.   Offering more than 75 events – all celebrating American arts, culture and cuisine – the majority are free and open to the public and showcase talents on a local and national level. The full listing of events, as well as descriptions and links to purchase tickets can be found online at www.GettysburgFestival.org.

“No matter where you are in the world, when you say ‘Gettysburg’ people connect with the word and to the greatest battle in the Civil War,” explains Festival Executive Director, Randy Prasse. “We are a town proud of our rich history. We are also a town with a great well of talent. The Gettysburg Festival strives to celebrate both,  by  providing  access to  the  arts  and  presenting  family-appropriate and affordable entertainment and activities for every taste and budget.”

Gettysburg Festival’s Top 10 events for 2013 include:
1. The  Gettysburg Brass Band Festival combines the excellence of brass concerts with a picturesque location. The event takes place at the beautiful campus of the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Musical performances spotlight some of the best brass groups from the mid-Atlantic region, including Rockfield Brass, Benfield Brass, Spires Brass, Federal City Brass, Chesapeake Brass, 11 Infantry Fife & Drum, Maryland Defense Force Band and closing out with a Taps tribute performed by renown bugler, Jari Villanueva.  Event Details: Saturday, June 8 the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Free, but ticket required. Bring your own chair.

2. Blues music and BBQ… an all-American combo! One of the Festival’s most popular events, Blues, Beer & BBQ will feature the U.S. Army Field Band Volunteers, legendary bluesman Big Jack Johnson’s backing band, the Cornlickers and PA’s First Lady of Blues, Octavia.  Event Details:  Saturday,  June  8 at 9:00pm @ Gettysburg College, Memorial Field. Tickets are $40 including the BBQ (4-7pm) and $10 for concert ticket only.

3. Striving to be an event for the entire family, Gettysburg Festival plays host to a great children’s program.  This year’s  Children’s  Art Fair  will  pay  tribute  to  the  agricultural  heritage  of  Adams  County  with  a program designed as a world market of creative ideas, with a focus on healthy living. Children will do various fun activities and leave with several unique take-home pieces of their very own, from lettuce plugs to plant to one of a kind craft items they’ve made themselves.  The afternoon will be rounded out by performances from the Gettysburg Community Theater and storyteller, Ann Griffith.

Event Details:
Sunday, June 9th
12:00-5:00pm @ Gettysburg College Penn Hall lawn.  Free and open to the public.

4. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Phil Dirt Presents: Surfs Up! A Tribute to the Beach Boys has been together for 20 years and gained a reputation as the nation’s hottest beach party band. Performing hits from The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, The Hondells, Ronny and The Daytonas, and others will have the crowd on its feet, dancing and singing along.  Bring the whole family and join the beach party on Memorial Field!  Come decked out in your finest beach party attire. The best dressed beach bum will win a Pendleton board shirt in Beach Boys plaid, donated by Pendleton Woolen Mills at the Gettysburg Outlets!

Event Details:
Sunday, June 9 for provided seats or $10 if you bring your own chair.
7:30pm @ Gettysburg College Memorial Field. Tickets are $15

5. The  Aureole Trio  is  sure  to  be  a treat for the Gettysburg Festival audience!  This unique blend of instruments – consolidating the entire orchestral palette into its three essential components – performs with an infinite array of colors and sounds. The variety and scope of Aureole’s repertoire appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The trio has performed for the Saint Louis and Chicago Chamber Music Societies, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as on A&E Television Network’s “Holiday in New York”, on the Bravo Television Network, and has been interviewed and featured frequently on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

Event Details:
Tuesday,  June  11
Conservatory. Tickets are $20.

6. Attendees will depart History Meets the Arts: Edible Art Tour satiated and inspired after visiting five galleries throughout Gettysburg’s historic district, meeting world class artists and local top-tier chefs and enjoying both artistic and culinary masterpieces. Guests will have the first chance to view the 2013 History Meets the Arts galleries, meet the artists and enjoy culinary masterpieces at every stop. Gallery locations are: Adams County Arts Council, Gettysburg  Frame  Shop,  King  James  Gallery,  Lord  Nelson’s Gallery and Lord Nelson’s Satellite Gallery at the Gettysburg Fire Hall.  Participating restaurants include: Blue Parrot Bistro, Garryowen Irish Pub, Gettysburg Hotel, Inn at Herr Ridge, Wyndam Gettysburg and Fairfield Inn 1757.

Event Details:
Thursday, June 13
Tickets are $35.

7. Atlantic Records recording artist, Hunter Hayes, has made quite an impact on the music scene since releasing his debut album in October of 2011.  He was named the Country Music Association’s best New Artist of 2012, received multiple Academy of Country Music award nominations, won a Teen Choice award for Male Country Artist, has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and toured as the opening act for Taylor Swift, Rascal Flats and Carrie Underwood.  And, now, Hayes is bringing his lifetime of music experience and prowess to the Gettysburg Festival audience… An event that is sure to please young and
old alike!

Event details:
Friday,  June  14
Gettysburg College Memorial Field. Tickets are $25.

8. Widely regarded as America’s most popular and respected author  of military fiction, master storyteller Jeff Shaara captivates audiences by bringing America’s vivid past to life in stories that span from the American Revolution to World War II.  Son of Pulitzer prize-winning author, Michael Shaara (The Killer Angels), Jeff wrote a prequel (Gods and Generals, 1996) and a sequel (The Last Full Measure, 1998) to his father’s classic work, followed by the creation of ten additional historical novels, every one a New York Times Bestseller.  Shaara is a renown speaker and will be bringing his lecture, “History through Storytelling, Jeff Shaara’s Journey Through the Legacy of his Father” to the Gettysburg Festival audience.

Event details:
Saturday, June 15
11:30am @Adams County Ag & Natural Resource Center. Tickets for this lecture and luncheon are $40.

9. One of popular music’s most romantic singing groups, The Lettermen are bringing their close-harmony pop songs to the Majestic Theater stage for Gettysburg Festival 2013!  In a career spanning over 50 years, the talented trio has given us iconic songs like “When I Fall in Love,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Sealed with a Kiss” and “Unchained Melody,” and is sure to be a crowd-pleasing favorite feature of the Festival. Come fall in love… Again! Event details: Saturday, June 15 are $52.50, $42.50 & $32.50 and can be purchased through the theater at 717.337.8200 or online at www.GettysburgMajestic.org.

10. Gettysburg Festival, in conjunction with Boritt Films and the Majestic Theater, is pleased to host the world premiere of “The Gettysburg Story.” Dramatically telling the history of the greatest battle fought in the Western Hemisphere, “The Gettysburg Story” was written, produced and directed by Gettysburg native, Jake Boritt and is narrated by actor, Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gettysburg).  Using cutting edge technologies – including high definition radio control aerial drone cinematography, motion control timelapse footage, dynamic digital geo-location graphic maps – and being granted unprecedented access to the 6,000-acre battlefield, “The Gettysburg Story” captures the unique and timeless piece of American history, telling it in a new way. Event details:  Sunday,  June  16  at  3:00pm  at  the  Majestic  Theater.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the theater at 717.337.8200 or online at www.GettysburgMajestic.org.

*All events, prices, personalities, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice.

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Highlights For This Year’s Event Include “History of Taps” Seminar with Jari Villaneuva, Federal City Brass Band, PA Volunteer Infantry Fife and Drum, Maryland Defense Force, and More!

GETTYSBURG, PA (April 19, 2013) – Gettysburg Festival is pleased to present another stellar line-up for the Brass Band Festival during its annual 10-day celebration of the arts. Always a much-loved portion of the Festival, this year’s Brass Band event, held June 7 and 8 throughout downtown Gettysburg, will feature a seminar on the “History of Taps” with expert, Jari Villaneuva, Federal City Brass Band, 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Fife and Drum, Maryland Defense Force, the Wildcat Regiment Band, and more.
        While the Brass Band Festival is free, tickets are required to attend and can be obtained online at http://www.gettysburgfestival.org. Donations will be welcomed at the event to help cover costs of this free event. All who donate will receive a special commemorative button.
     The two-day brass extravaganza will kick off Friday, June 7th at 3:00pm with the “HistoryImage of Taps” seminar at the train station pavilion with Jari Villaneuva. A retired Air Force Band bugler, Villaneuva is the country’s foremost expert on military bugle calls. As a ceremonial trumpeter, Villanueva participated in well over 5,000 ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and served as an assistant drum major leading The USAF Ceremonial Brass in funerals at Arlington. Villaneuva has been decorated with many accomplishments and awards, including induction into the Buglers Hall of Fame in 2007. In the program, Villanueva will discuss field music and it’s importance during the war and demonstrate
calls used in both camp and battle, with calls being played on an original Civil War bugle. The event will be bookended on Saturday, June 8th with a “Taps” performance at the Cupola of Schmucker Hall at Lutheran Seminary as the closing ceremony of the Brass Band Festival.
     Other performances throughout the weekend include Market Street Brass, Gettysburg Brass and the Federal City Brass Band on Friday evening at Lincoln Square and the Dobbin House patio and the Brass Band Festival on Saturday, featuring the Rockville Brass Band, Benfield Brass Band, Spires Brass Band and Chesapeake Brass Band. Saturday evening will bring performances from 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Fife and Drum and the Maryland Defense Force Band.
     “The Brass Band Festival is an important part of Gettysburg Festival as a whole for us,” explains Festival Executive Director, Randy Prasse. “This is a celebration of Gettysburg’s rich history and we are proud to welcome Jari Villaneuva, as well as all the bands and participants. We are also pleased to partner with Steinwehr Avenue Business Improvement District to provide Friday night’s performance at the Dobbin House and at the American Civil War Wax Museum on Saturday.” Additionally, many of Saturday’s performances will be held at the Hill-Unger Pavillion at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. For the full schedule of the two-day Brass Band Festival, including times and locations, please visit http://www.gettysburgfestival.org.
     The celebration of Brass continues the following weekend with a performance from the Wildcat Regiment, in service as the Regiment Band of the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, on Saturday, June 15th at 2:00pm at the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center and at 6:00pm for an evening concert at the Pennsylvania Memorial on the Battlefield. This modern re-creation of the Civil War band utilizes original instruments and reproduction hand-made uniforms.

ABOUT GETTYSBURG FESTIVAL
Celebrating its sixth year, the Gettysburg Festival (a 16-time IFEA Pinnacle Award winner) is a sought out event, which has grown to become a yearly tradition for the entire family with both area residents and tourists alike. With an average attendance of 23,000 people from 30 states and the District of Columbia, the Festival celebrates local talent within the community through its Fringe events in the areas of visual arts, culinary arts, theater, film, music and children’s events, as well as presenting world-renown experts in these categories. Past highlights include James Earl Jones narrating A Lincoln Portrait, comedy legend Bob Newhart, Kevin Eubanks of Tonight Show fame, former White House Chef Walter Scheib and the critically-acclaimed Boston Brass, to name a few. Ideally situated in historical central Pennsylvania and located within a day’s drive of 60% of the entire North American population, Gettysburg Festival 2013 will be held June 8-16th. The Gettysburg Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Highlight performances and activities for the 2013 Gettysburg Festival include: CMA’s “New Artist of the Year,” Hunter Hayes; iconic romantic trio, The Lettermen; New York Times best-selling author, Jeff Shaara; Phil Dirt presents: Surfs Up! A Tribute to the Beach Boys; and perennial favorites, Blues, Beer & BBQ; History Meets the Arts Edible Art Tour; and the Children’s Festival.
For more information about the Gettysburg Festival, the 2013 line-up or tickets to various events, please visit our website at http://www.gettysburgfestival.org. Up-to-the-minute details can be found on Twitter (http://twitter.com/gettysburgfest ) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheGettysburgFestival ).
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