Author: Brandli, Darby

President Brandli Speaks

August President’s Message
Correction to July’s Message: I plugged the Golden Old Time Campout last month as occurring in July and it is actually this month, in August, at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville. We definitely invite the “informal members” of the Old Time Community to become “formal members” of the CBA so that we can continue to expand our Old Time events. A great time was had by all last year’s participants and there are new events and activities planned for this year based on attendee comments.

My memories of our successful 35th Annual Father’s Day Festival are not yet fading. A big “thanks” to all who worked all last year to plan and implement this event. I was especially pleased to notice how many of our Kids on Bluegrass are grown up and attended the festival or appeared on our stage. Frank Solivan (the original Kid on Bluegrass) appeared with his band Dirty Kitchen as our Emerging Artist Band, Annie Staninec played fiddle with the Kathy Kallick Band. Angelica Grim, Marty Varner, Nate Schwartz, AJ Lee, Max Schwartz, Tom Shewmake, Molly Tuttle and Paige, Aimee, Ethan and Daisy Anderson all appeared on a stage or two at one time or another during the weekend. Molly, AJ, Marty, Angelica, Max, Paige, Aimee, Ethan and Daisy Anderson have represented us in Nashville at the IBMA in the past as well. We should take great pride in the CBA programs that support the next generation of music makers. A big thank you goes to the teachers and parents who support them year round.

I am looking at an email received from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) this morning advertising that Early Bird Tickets for the World of Bluegrass end soon. Now is the time for some of you to consider taking time off to attend this event in Nashville. IBMA is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and this might be the year to treat yourself to a week in bluegrass heaven. There are many changes the IBMA is proposing this year for the World of Bluegrass but a venue change is not one of them. The Awards Show will still be held at the Ryman Auditorium (across the street from the Convention Center).

The Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest will be scheduled as before. Go to for current information and consider a trip to Nashville for this event. The California Band selected by the IBMA as a Showcase Band will be the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (Peter Rowan, Paul Knight, Jody Stecher and Keith Little) and we will “sponsor” them for their Showcase Performances.
The IBMA has invited some of our California Kids to participate again in the 2010 World of Bluegrass festivities. The OMGG Band will be making their second trip to Nashville: OMGG consists of AJ Lee, Marty Varner, Nate and Max Schwartz. This year the band has a new CD to take with them (recorded by CBA member Joe Weed at his Highland Studios near Los Gatos) and the CD liner notes plug the CBA and our Kids on Bluegrass Program. The entire band will perform during Fan Fest on stage as part of the IBMA’s Kids on Bluegrass Program. Max Schwartz and AJ Lee have also been invited by the Bluegrass Foundation to appear as part of the promotion of the Bluegrass in the Schools Program. Max and AJ are the new moderators for the updated video produced for Bluegrass in the Schools. We should be very proud of our Association and of our own Kids on Bluegrass.

I am soliciting tax deductible donations made out to the “CBA Youth Program” to help defray CD costs and travel expenses for OMGG. You may send your donations to our Treasurer Ed Alston, P.O. Box 6954, Santa Maria, CA 93456 or to me, Darby Brandli at 2106 9th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606. Please designate that the donation is for OMGG.

Posted:  8/1/2010

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