Author: Brandli, Darby

President’s Message

(Editor's Note: Apologies to Madame President; we cut off the bulk of her monthly message this morning. If you click 'continue' and didn't find the remainder of Darby's column, please do it now.)

Thanks for asking what we have been up to these last 35 years or so! The California Bluegrass Association was just an idea and a wish in 1973 and by 1974 was fully incorporated and registered as a non-profit organization with the State of California. A one day event was held in Fairfield in 1974 and the 1st Annual Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley was held in 1975. The year 2010 found the CBA entering its maturity and to say we have expanded to meet our mission would be an understatement:

The 35th Annual Father’s Day Festival complete with 3 stages is held on the Fairgrounds in Grass Valley (Nevada County).

The 10th Annual Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival is held in Sebastopol in in March. (Sonoma County)

The 10th Annual Summer Music Camp sold out in Grass Valley. (Nevada County)

The 9th Annual Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival is held in Sanger in September. This festival was originally founded by the Kings County Bluegrass Society which asked to “merge” with the CBA three years ago. (Fresno County)

The 7th Annual Morgan Hill “Night at the Grange” Concert is produced by Tim Edes. (Santa Clara County)

The 3rd Annual 48 hour Jam is held in Bakersfield in January. (Kern County)

The 3rd Annual Golden Gate Park Picking Party is well attended. (San Francisco County)

The 2nd Annual Golden Old Time Campout is held in Boonville in August. (Mendocino County)

The 1st Annual Winter Music Camp was a roaring success in Petaluma in March. (Sonoma County)

The CBA “officially” attends the International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass this year in Nashville as it has for all the years the IBMA has produced the event.

The Spring Campout is held in Turlock in April. (Stanislaus County)

The Fall Campout and Annual Membership Meeting in October is scheduled for Lodi on the Delta. (San Joaquin County)

The award winning Bluegrass Breakdown is no longer a mimeographed newsletter but is a double section monthly newspaper.

The Darrel Johnson Kids Lending Library has about 80 donated instruments in the hands of youngsters whose parents are members of the CBA. The Lending Library has a good friend in Mandolin Café who does an annual fundraising for our “kids.”

The Kids on Bluegrass is imitated at festivals all over the nation and is a training and performance activity for musical youth.

The State Wide Area Activities VPs produce jams and concerts throughout the State throughout the year.

The CBA website sometimes has 10,000 “hits” in a day and is a free vehicle for advertising of venues, teachers and musical events. (World Wide Web)

I have written a President’s Message monthly for five years and have only repeated a column twice! (Alameda County)

We have come a long way baby!

Posted:  10/19/2010

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