Since its founding in the fall of 2016, the Carolina Bluegrass Band has pushed itself to expose the UNC community to the music genre.
In preparing for their upcoming concert this week, director Russell Johnson and student band members Jon Beyle and Liz Short reflect on the band’s progress.
Johnson explained that the ensemble was formed as a part of the bluegrass initiative in the UNC Department of Music in fall 2016. The 17-member band meets once a week as part of the 1-credit hour course to practice.
“At the beginning of the semester, they all have proficiency, but to see how far they come by the end of the semester and just to see them grow in the music, that’s very gratifying,” Johnson said.
Fiddler and vocalist Liz Short also felt that the band had grown significantly as a group, too. She said that the members of the group change each semester, so much of the beginning of the semester is spent by the members of the band adjusting to the group’s performance tendencies.