Be sure to join us Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Youth 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. Fourteen bands from eight states will be performing at the times noted below.

Friday, Sept. 30 Youth Stage
5:45-6:20 p.m.   Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Keith Reed
6:35-7:10 p.m.   UNC-Asheville Bluegrass Band, directed by Wayne Erbsen
7:25-8 p.m.         East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band, directed by Dan Boner
8:15-8:50 p.m.   Denison University Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Adam Schlenker
9:45-10:20 pm   Tigertown Roots (Clemson University), directed by Ryan Wilson
10:25-11 p.m.    Belmont University Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Ryan Joseph

Saturday, Oct. 1 Youth Stage:
5:15-5:50 p.m.   Carolina Bluegrass Band (UNC-Chapel Hill), directed by Russell Johnson
6:10-6:45 p.m.   Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Sam Gleaves
7-7:35 p.m.         BJUgrass (Bob Jones University), directed by Dr. Steve Pettit
7:50-8:25 pm     The Berklee 21st Century String Band (Berklee College of Music), directed by Matt Glaser
8:40-9:15 p.m.   Morehead State University’s Mountain Music Ambassadors, directed by Ruth McLain & Daxson Lewis
9:30-10:05 p.m. Warren Wilson Bluegrass Band (Warren Wilson College), directed by Ben Krakauer
10:25-11 p.m.    TBA

More information on all details of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events in Raleigh, NC Sept. 27 – Oct. 1 may be found at Big thanks to David Brower and Tray Wellington at PineCone in Raleigh, the arts organization that produces the IBMA Bluegrass LIVE! festival for IBMA, including wrangling details for the Foundation’s Bluegrass College Band Showcase. We are also pleased to have Wintergrass Music Festival education director Beth Fortune on site with us at the college band showcases as assistant producer.

RETURN to the September 2022 issue of The Cornerstone.

Photo above: Carolina Bluegrass Band 2022, from UNC-Chapel Hill