Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble!!!

Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble

Announcing a new Bluegrass/Fiddle and more ensemble open to all middle school and high school students in the greater Buffalo NY area. We are looking for students who play violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, five string banjo and dobro.
We are meeting every first and third Monday of the month at Wayside Presbyterian Church on the corner of Amsdell Rd and Route 5 in Hamburg NY from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.

We will play music by Bluegrass pioneers like Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Ralph Stanley and Jimmy Martin. We will also play music by newer bluegrass influenced artists like Nickel Creek, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Grateful Dead. Instrumentally our music choices will include traditional Irish and American Fiddle music that has entered the mainstream of American string music.

Melodies and sometimes harmonies will be given to students in standard notation and/or tablature but will be expected to be memorized for public performances. These melodies will be kept simple making them easy to memorize and leaving room for embellishments and improvisation as students get comfortable with them. 

Public performances may range from appearances in Farmers Markets, Fairs and appropriate museums. 

The group is run by former Director of the Frontier Central Fiddlers, Mark Panfil. He is a retired public school music teacher, member for the Music in the Schools committee and Foundation for Bluegrass Music in the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). Read more about Mark and the IBMA online at and 

Please call or email if you are interested.
Mark Panfil 716-867-4012

1 comment:

  1. Great to know about The Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble!!! I haven’t heard about this earlier. I love to attend events where students play violin, and guitar. Do you know any upcoming 2015 events NYC where students will play these instruments?