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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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