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Bluegrass Bands and Orchestras for beginning to intermediate players

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 @10:51:37 PM

        In my bio, I mentioned being the director of the "New Horizons Bluegrass Band" in Spokane, Washington.  In that we have 20 players, it's really an orchestra, comprised of beginning to late-intermediate level banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and bass players.  

        The band is part of a nation-wide program called "New Horizons", originally designed folks over 55 who either played an instrument earlier in life, or who always wanted to learn but somehow never got around to it.  To my knowledge, we're the only Bluegrass band in the program.   The main focus is on helping musicians with little or no experience playing with other musicians before an audience, and along the way, they learn more about theory and mechanics.

         With all that in mind, I have a question.  Are there other similar groups or programs out there, and if so, would you be interested in sharing teaching methods, arrangements, ideas, etc?

Harold Streeter



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