Mid-Atlantic Brass Band Festival Expands Line-up in Second Season
With the addition of a youth soloist competition, inclusion of world-renowned clinicians, a performance by the two-time North American Champion brass band, and expanded vendor offerings, the Mid-Atlantic Brass Band Festival (MABBF) held March 23-24 at the University of Delaware, is well on its way to being one of the area’s must-attend events for musicians and music-aficionados alike.
Formed in 2012 to provide brass bands of the Mid-Atlantic region the opportunity to perform their contest program prior to the national brass band competition, the MABBF has built on its 1st season success and expanded its mission in 2013 to provide world-class educational opportunities for area youth and adult musicians as well as exciting and engaging performances for local audiences.
To that end, MABBF has signed Scottish-born conductor, tuba virtuoso and Besson-sponsored artist, James Gourlay as a key clinician and performer. Also joining is Belgian-born Besson artist Tim De Maeseneer, an internationally recognized tenor horn soloist and founding member of Exit Brass. University of Delaware and Rowan University (NJ) music professors help round out the list of clinicians.
This year’s performances will feature four area brass bands, two local high school bands, a number of brass ensembles including a “mass brass” performance with all festival participants, and culminating with a not-to-be missed performance featuring festival clinicians accompanied by the reigning two-time National Champion Atlantic Brass Band (Glassboro, NJ). Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band has also won 2nd place in Section II competitions.
Full weekend access tickets are $35 adult ($25 group rate), $25 student ($15 group rate). Single day concert tickets are $10.
For more information on the MABBF or to download the youth soloist competition application, please visit midatlanticbrassbandfestival.com.