Wake County Students Treated to Bluegrass Performances
Bands in town for major festival
Nine Wake County public schools received visits from bluegrass bands this past September. The bands were in the area for the World of Bluegrass festival that is presented by the International Bluegrass Music Association each year in downtown Raleigh, and they were able to share information about bluegrass traditions and perform for designated elementary schools. Middle and high schools were treated to a one-hour master class for their strings students.
Bands that visited the schools included Williamson Branch, Annie Savage & The Savage Hearts, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, and Che Apalache.
Williamson Branch visited White Oak Elementary School in Apex. Danielle Greene, instructional facilitator at the school, says she and the students loved the cultural arts performance.
Supported by The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, the program furthers the IBMA’s goal of helping educators become more “bluegrass aware,” as it is one of the few music genres that originated in the U.S.