Over the years, the festival has become an important event not only for Tambov region but also for the whole country. Traditionally, professional, military and amateur brass bands from various regions of Russia and the near abroad take part in it. On festival days, the streets of the regional center, as well as the streets of many other towns and districts are filled with the sounds of brass music – the best brass bands march along the streets. The festival got its name from two military musicians – Vasily Agapkin and Ilya Shatrov – whose life and creative work were associated with Tambov region.