In what is becoming a tradition during the annual Board of Directors meeting for the International Bluegrass Music Association, a performance has been scheduled for Sunday, June 5 by the official IBMA Board Band at Nashville’s Station Inn. Composed entirely of IBMA Directors, the band will play to both demonstrate that the organization is made up of capable bluegrass musicians, and help raise money for the IBMA Youth Council.
Appearing in a round robin format will be Joe Mullins on banjo and vocals, Becky Buller on fiddle and vocals, Stephen Mougin on guitar, mandolin, and vocals, Wayne Taylor on guitar and vocals, Tim Surrett on bass, reso-guitar, and vocals, Alan Bartram and Alan Tompkins on bass and vocals, and John Goad on guitar and vocals. A raft of special guests are also expected to join them on stage from the Nashville and IBMA bluegrass scene.
The show will begin at 8:00 p.m. and the $10 admission fee (at the door) will go in totality to the Youth Council, an IBMA-sponsored forum for high school and college-aged IBMA members. Through the Council, members can network and gain leadership experience by organizing youth events during the annual IBMA Business Conference and Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, NC each fall. The IBMA Youth Council also screens applicant bands and books the Youth Stage in front of the Convention Center during Wide Open Bluegrass.
Special discount membership packages are available for young pickers, and the IBMA hopes that anyone interested in bluegrass as a potential career path will consider these memberships. Up to 17 years of age, the annual fee is only $15, and $25 for college students.
Following the Board Band concert on the 5th, the Board of Directors will meet in person for two days in Nashville. IBMA members are urged to contact their board representatives to learn about matters to be discussed next week, and to share your thoughts with them about any issues that are important to you. They can’t vote your interests if you don’t share them!
Contact information for the various Board members can be found online.