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The BEREA BLUEGRASS ENSEMBLE Appearing Wed Mar 8th 2017 at 7:30pm

$10 in advance
$12 at the door

For sixteen years, the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble has thrilled audiences with their shining student talent and fun, lively performances. During their time at Berea College, student band members show off their picking and singing skills on stage in exchange for course credit, lifelong friendships and the opportunity to share their music with audiences around the world.

The band performs music from Appalachia and beyond, blending the sounds of traditional mountain music and bluegrass with contemporary influences. Band founder and director Al White teaches dozens of new students each year as the college’s Appalachian Instruments instructor and works hard to assure that each Bluegrass Ensemble performance is polished and professional.

The group has performed many times in collaboration with Berea College Presidents, traveled throughout the Eastern United States and has toured internationally with five tours Ireland and three to Japan. The group will be touring Denmark and Ireland this summer.

Current members are Brenna Macmillan; banjo, Sr. from Kentucky, Julie Nelms; fiddle, Sr. from North Carolina, Casey Papendieck; bass, Jr. from Oregon, Nathan Jose; guitar Fr. from India, Al White; mandolin, Faculty member from New Mexico.