Be sure to join us Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2 at the City Plaza Stage in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, for the IBMA Foundation’s annual Bluegrass College Band Showcase. We are honored to spotlight emerging bluegrass talent from a diverse group of colleges and universities at IBMA’s Bluegrass LIVE festival. Eleven student bands from eight states have been confirmed at press time.

The current schedule is listed below, and more information on all details of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events in Raleigh, NC Sept. 28 – Oct. 2 may be found at

Friday, Oct. 1 Youth Stage
5:30-6:30 p.m. East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band (Johnson City, TN), directed by Dan Boner
7-8 p.m. Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble (Berea, KY), directed by Sam Gleaves
8:30-9:30 p.m. The Mountain Music Ambassadors from Morehead State University (Morehead, KY), directed by Raymond McLain
10-11 p.m. The Tigertown Roots (Clemson University band) (Clemson, SC), directed by Shawn Lane

Saturday, Oct. 2 Youth Stage:
4:30-5 p.m. The Carolina Bluegrass Band from the University of North Carolina
(Chapel Hill, NC), directed by Russell Johnson
5:30-6:30 p.m. The Denison University Bluegrass Ensemble (Granville, OH), directed by Adam Schlenker
7-8 p.m. The Warren Wilson College Bluegrass Band (Swannanoa, NC), directed by Ben Krakauer
8:30-9:30 p.m. The Colorado College Bluegrass Band (Colorado Springs, CO), directed by Keith Reed
10-11 p.m. The Lawrence University Bluegrass Band (Appleton, WI), led by student band leader Tashi Litch

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