After three years of tightening budgets and cutbacks, the Great American Brass Band Festival is finally able to exhale a little bit this year.
Not that the festival has returned to it’s pre-recession level of funding and spending, but executive director Niki Kincade senses the event is gaining weight again after the lean times of recent years.
“This year, we’ve caught up a little bit,” Kincade said.
That means some of the regular festival activities cut out in past years are finding their way back into the budget. For example, the fairly expensive process of recording the concerts was not undertaken last year, meaning there will be no CD of the 2010 performances on sale this year. But fortunes have changed in 2011.
“We’re definitely recording it this year,” Kincade said.
Though improving, the festival’s funding — roughly $225,000 — has not been restored to the point where all of the previous staples have been restored. Musicians will again be put up in Centre College dorms instead of local motels, at a substantial savings.