Brass Band Festival attendance rebounded after Covid-19 – The Advocate-Messenger
Last weekend’s 32nd Great American Brass Band Festival was a huge success as the first full-fledged festival since Covid-19. The fine weather drew large crowds.
Festival director Missy Angolia said she was pleased with how everything went and congratulated the more than 100 volunteers who made the event run so smoothly. Volunteers helped with the stage, roadblocks, reception hall, trash pick-up, festival clean-up and more.
“I’m very impressed with our group of key volunteers who help me tremendously and their ability to handle backstage hiccups with a calm head,” Angolia said. “I owe them all a lot of gratitude for making sure things went smoothly.”
Angolia said as a free event, attendance is hard to count. But speaking with key volunteers and logistics managers, she said Friday night was well attended, Saturday was about average and Sunday was a little light. But Saturday’s parade was one of the largest they’ve had in terms of attendees.
An indicator of the magnitude of the crowd was the amount of sales over the weekend. On Saturday, the festival merchandise stand sold out midday T-shirts and food vendors saw record sales.
The vendor at Chrisman Mill Winery told Angolia the stand sold 650 sangrias on Saturday, more than double the amount they usually sell at the festival.
The festival welcomed people from all over the world. Angolia said she spoke to people in Heidelberg, Germany; Edmonton, Canada; England and Mexico to name a few. She went on to say, “We’ve had people from multiple states, including Hawaii.”
Although Angolia is stepping down as director of the festival, she said it was not the last time she would be involved. She plans to become a volunteer in the future.
“I know I will volunteer my time for future festivals because I know the importance of volunteers doing this,” Angolia said.
Angolia expressed hope for future festivals saying, “I hope that in the future the festival can continue to grow and bounce back from COVID, and remain a community staple for many years to come. “