Be sure to join us Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, 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. Thirteen bands from nine states will be performing at the times noted below.

Friday, Sept. 29 Youth Stage
6-6:30 pm: Orchestra Appalachia (Ferrum College), directed by Emily Tucker – Ferrum, Virginia
6:45-7:15 pm: Bluegrass Pride Band (East Tennessee State University), directed by Dan Boner – Johnson City, Tennessee
7:30-8 pm: Denison University Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Adam Schlenker – Granville, Ohio
8:15-8:45 pm: Warren Wilson Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Ben Krakauer – Swannanoa, North Carolina
9-9:30 pm: TigerTown Roots (Clemson University), directed by Ryan Wilson – Clemson, South Carolina
9:45-10:15 pm: UNCG Old-time Ensemble (UNC – Greensboro), directed by Christen Blanton – Greensboro, North Carolina
10:30-11 pm: Berklee College of Music Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Ian Steed – Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, Sept. 30 Youth Stage:
6-6:30 pm: Carolina Bluegrass (UNC – Chapel Hill), directed by Russell Johnson – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
6:45-7:15 pm: UNC-Asheville Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Wayne Erbsen – Asheville, North Carolina
7:30-8 pm: Colorado College Bluegrass Band Ensemble, directed by Keith Reed – Colorado Springs, Colorado
8:15-8:45 pm: Morehead State University’s Mountain Music Ambassadors, directed by Daxson Lewis and Ruth McLain – Morehead, Kentucky
9-9:30 pm: Lawrence University Conservatory of Music Bluegrass Band, directed by Tashi Litch – Appleton, Wisconsin (pictured above)
9:45-10:15 pm: East Kentucky University Bluegrass Band, directed by Pam Perry – Richmond, Kentucky
10:30-11 pm: TBA 


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