Call for Papers: 2018 Great American Brass Band Festival

The Great American Brass Band Festival (GABBF) in Danville, Kentucky announces a call for papers and presentations for the 2018 GABBF Brass Symposium. The Brass Symposium, held June 1, 2018, is an educational event that serves as part of the Great American Brass Band Festival, which runs May 31-June 3, 2018.

Presenters who are selected will be offered a $350 stipend plus free lodging on the Centre College campus.

Presentations are typically 25-30 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions. There is no particular format required. Proposals may be academic paper presentations, performance demonstrations, historical lectures, or other formats. Creative or unusual presentation proposals are welcomed and encouraged. (Powerpoint, video and sound playback resources will be available to the presenter.)

The 2018 GABBF theme is "Main Street America" however, papers and presentations for the Brass Symposium are not required to be on this topic. Historically, presentations have been on topics such as brass instruments, brass bands, band history, performance practice, and music history/literature.

Proposals, or questions about proposals, should be sent via email to Jeffrey Barrington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 859-396-1272. If large files need to be sent, a Dropbox link is preferred. The deadline to receive proposals is January 1, 2018.