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Sunday, March 29, 2020

I hope you're all healthy and staying sane in these troubled times!  It's been a while since my last blog mostly because I've been busy on the road with Mile Twelve (for lack of a better excuse). As you might have guessed, the bands shows have all been canceled and we are looking at a pretty quiet few months ahead. With some unexpected free time, I'm excited to jump back into teaching by offering banjo lessons online. I hope that some of you will be able to find time for music in the weeks and months ahead and if so, please consider scheduling a lesson in the perfectly safe online world of zoom.  Online lessons are a bit different from in-person lessons since we can't play together. But the accountability of having regular lessons is always helpful. And the benefit of technique feedback, efficient practice routines, new tunes, scales and licks has proven useful for students I've previously taught online. With a decent wifi network and webcam on your computer or device, you are good to go.  

If lessons aren't for you, Mile Twelve has some new T-shirts, hats and of course music available on our band STORE. And we'll be posting plenty of videos and news updates on all our band social media platforms. I hope you'll stay in touch.   Many thanks!  BB

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Playing Since: 2003
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Occupation: Musician

Gender: Female
Age: 31

My Instruments:
2004 Heartland mahogany timeless timber 5 String Banjo made by Robin Smith in Nashville, TN.

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Created 6/28/2003
Last Visit 8/17/2022

Native New Zealander, Catherine (BB) Bowness started playing the banjo at the age of 12 after hearing a friend play the beverly hillbillies theme song. A few years later, BB received the Frank Winter memorial award at the Auckland Folk Festival allowing her to travel to the USA, where she studied with banjo players Tony Trischka, Alan Munde and Noam Pikelny. In 2009, she became the first banjo player accepted to the New Zealand School of Music, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Perfomance. BB was selected to attend the 2013 Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar, studying with world-class artists such as Julian Lage, Mike Marshall and Darol Anger. She won first place at the 2015 Freshgrass Banjo Contest and currently keeps busy recording, teaching and performing worldwide with IBMA momentum award winning band, Mile Twelve.

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