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
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.
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 www.MarkPanfil.com and www.IBMA.org.
Please call or email if you are interested.
Mark Panfil 716-867-4012 firstname.lastname@example.org