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EKU Bluegrass Ensemble Plays IBMA


September 27 - 29

Dr. Tim Stafford, award-winning songwriter, musician, educator, and IBMA Foundation board member invited EKU Bluegrass Ensemble director Pam Perry Combs to bring the EKU Bluegrass Ensemble to perform at the International Bluegrass Music Associations Collegiate Showcase sponsored by the IBMA Foundation at the annual Conference in Raleigh, NC.

EKU was represented along with nine other Colleges, most of which have Programs, Degrees, or Certifications in Traditional and Bluegrass Music. 

Attendance for this Conference and Festival is staggering! IBMA has grown exponentially over the past several years; each year well over 200,000 people flock to Raleigh, NC to take in the very best in Bluegrass and Traditional Music. Groups from all around the world performing concerts, and workshops, much of which are free, or very affordable.

The Bluegrass Ensemble attended several workshops and master class', and was given the opportunity to try out instruments at the Trade Show, some of which were worth more than $100,000.

Ms. Combs attended the Educators Luncheon and Seminar on Friday, September 28th; then she and the EKU Bluegrass Ensemble attended the College information seminar where they gave a short teaser performance of their long-form performance slated for later that evening. The Ensemble took the stage at 7:45 that evening to an enthusiastic crowd, and was given a rousing thumbs up by Foundation Professor Fred Bartenstein.

The IBMA Foundation helps to make it possible for individuals and organizations to support the future of bluegrass music, and bluegrass education all around the Nation, and beyond.

Students from the EKU Bluegrass Ensemble that performed were: Isaac Brooks, mandolin; Kelly Durham, banjo; Devin Smith, fiddle; Alex Sutton, guitar; and Zach Yates, bass.

This semester the group is joined by Alexa Snyder, vocals; and Beau Hughes, fiddle. You can see them perform at their fall recital slated for Sunday, November 4, at 5:00pm, in the O'Donnell Theatre in the Whitlock building.

Published on October 04, 2018

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