Evolution of Bluegrass 2016

In our third go-around, David Gandin, representing the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, presented six classes at The Center for Lifetime Study held at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie. Fred Robbins was there to capture all of the classes and the fabulous musicians who so ably demonstrated their instruments. Featuring Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys Featuring Andy Bing – Dobro David Gandin – Bass Guest Lecturer, Dick Bowden – Banjo Featuring Nick Novia – Guitar & Vocals Fred Robbins – Bluegrass … Read More

Bluegrass At Marist CLS

In the Spring of 2012, HVBA ran a six-week class for Marist College’s Center for Lifetime Study on The Evolution of Bluegrass, which proved to be a smash hit. CLS is a continuing-education program for seniors, with courses ranging from Drawing and Painting to The History of Computing. It proved to be an excellent venue for the HVBA to help carry out its mission to inform others about bluegrass and to cultivate interest in the genre. Although we theoretically had … Read More

Evolution of Bluegrass 2014

After the success of Evolution of Bluegrass in 2012, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association and The Center for Lifetime Study teamed up, once again, to present Evolution of Bluegrass 2014. Eric Rosi-Marshall was the class presenter and Fred Robbins videotaped the six sessions. Featuring Ambrose Verdibello on fiddle Featuring Joan Harrison on banjo Featuring Betsy Rome on guitar Featuring Wayne Fugate on mandolin Featuring David Gandin on bass Featuring Andy Bing on dobro. Frank Kara (vocals & mandolin), with full … Read More

Evolution of Bluegrass 2012

In the Spring of 2012, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association and The Center for Lifetime Study, Marist College's peer-lead education program for indiviuals 55 years and older, presented Evolution of Bluegrass. There were six sessions with speakers and featured musicians. The final session brought together the individual musicians for a bluegrass concert. The entire series of six classes was filmed by Fred Robbins. Presenter: Jerry Oland Kalia Yeagle, fiddle Presenters: Mary Doub, Mary Burdette, and Ruth Oxenberg Presenter: David Angell Joan … Read More

Special Consensus Delights All

  It was a special Special Consensus Day in Poughkeepsie on Friday, February 11, 2011.  The students and faculty of Oakwood Friends School were treated to a concert and a presentation of bluegrass music by Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dave Thomas, and Ryan Roberts.  What an enthusiastic audience and what a great bluegrass “lesson.”  About 150 students attended the session that was followed by a question and answer period. A special thanks to Fred Robbins, who was there to film … Read More

Bluegrass in The Schools-2009

With a Grant from the Dutchess Arts Council in 2009, the HVBA presented an educational program for the Poughkeepsie Day School. Click on each icon to view the videos filmed by Fred Robbins.   About the Grant  

Pilot Program Soars Off The Ground

  An HVBA dream has been realized!  Our first foray into the public schools began today at the Highland High School in Highland, NY.  With the support of the HVBA, Highland HS, and grant writer, Ted Ansbacher, along with some mightily talented musicians, 800 students were treated to the history and music of bluegrass. Roy Coates, who coordinated the educational program, hosted the classes.  He brought along his grandfather’s radio that he had used to listen to the Carter Family … Read More