If it weren’t enough to have your band invited to perform at the 2012 Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville (June 7-10), just imagine the thrill of sharing the stage with trumpeter legend Doc Severinsen!

Pete LaRue, director of Georgetown College bands, gets to do both this weekend as the Music Director and Conductor for the Central Kentucky Concert Band. Their featured “Main Stage” performance is at 2 p.m. this Saturday, June 9 and and the Massed Bands–Grand Finale is 4 p.m., Sunday, June 10 in Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts on the Centre College campus. LaRue and Severinsen will both conduct one selection during the finale.

LaRue in his 18th year as leader of the CKCB, generally considered the finest adult band in Kentucky, as well as, one of the finest ensembles of its nature in the southeastern United States.

READ MORE BELOW from an e-blast Dr. LaRue sent to many of his and the CKBC’s regular followers here:

The Great American Brass Band Festival, now in its 23rd year is considered to be one of the nation’s premiere summer music festivals and is annually attended by tens of thousands of people. The 2012 edition of the GABBF is dedicated to one of America’s most-renowned performers, Vince DiMartino, co-founder of the event, on the occasion of his retirement from Centre College. Subtitled TRUMPETISSIMO in honor of this virtuoso on the cornet and trumpet, the GABBF will draw some of the world’s finest trumpeters, including Doc Severinsen, Allen Vizzuti, Jens Lindemann and an amazing array of other outstanding soloists. Featured performing ensembles will include the famed Herald Trumpets of the US Army Band, the US Army Field Band, The Stilletos, the Federal Brass, two British-style brass bands [Atlantic Brass and New York Band, Toronto of the Salvation Army] and several outstanding New Orleans’-style jazz brass bands. For directions, complete schedule of concerts and performing venues – you may choose to go to the GABBF web at www.gabbf.org

Vince’s commitment to community bands is being highlighted with special performances by the Advocate Brass Band [Host-Band for the GABBF], the Capitol City Band, the Madison County Community Band and our Central Kentucky Concert Band.

The “Main Stage” performance of our CKCB on Saturday will include works by Reineke, Gershwin, de Haan, Jager and others. Special highlights of our featured performance will be the artistry of John Bryant, Trumpet [Atlanta] as he joins with the CKCB on Movement III from the Haydn Concerto for Trumpet and Richard Cryder, Trombone [Akron] as he shares his well-known lyric, performance style with the Band on Danny Boy. John, Dick and the CKCB will also combine forces on the delightful Cousins by Herbert L. Clarke.

The Massed Bands – Grand Finale on Sunday will include works by Holst, Sousa, Fillmore, Vaughn Williams and others, including the world-premiere of Peter Graham’s Dream Team composed and dedicated to Vince and the 2012 GABBF. Selections on the Grand Finale will be conducted by Vince DiMartino, Peter Graham George Foreman, Ron Holz, Tom Brawner, John Stroube and Peter LaRue. The Grand Finale will close with a rousing rendition of Leroy Anderson’s much-beloved Bugler’s Holiday which will be conducted by Doc Severinsen!

The Central Kentucky Concert Band, now in its 36th year, is widely recognized as the premier, adult concert band in the Commonwealth, as well as one of the finest ensembles of its nature in the southeastern United States. Since 1994, Peter LaRue has served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band. Mr. Les Anderson is the Assistant Conductor and Dr. Lee Patrick serves as Chair of the Executive Board. The CKCB has benefited historically from the support of the Kentucky Arts Council, LexArts, the Scott County Council of the Arts, Georgetown College, Asbury College, Transylvania University and the Opera House Fund.