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Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival nominated for 2014 IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award

Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival 2014 - Farmers Branch TexasAugust 16, 2014

The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is proud to announce that the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off, now in its fifth year, which is presented by the Foundation and the City of Farmers Branch, Texas, has been nominated for the 2014 Bluegrass Event of the Year Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

The Award will be presented at the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass Conference Luncheon on Thursday, October 2, 2014, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Foundation president Alan Tompkins commented that "this nomination is an incredible honor for all the people, both those associated with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and the City of Farmers Branch, Texas, who have worked so hard for the past five years to make this event a great success.  And the event wouldn't be what it is without all the wonderful folks who come out to enjoy the music, jam, socialize, and have a great time.  We are humbled to be nominated for this award, and express our sincere appreciation to the bluegrass community and the International Bluegrass Music Association."


Play It Forward! Program Presents Banjo to William Roberts of Watauga, Texas

William Roberts gets banjo via Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Play It Forward instrument lending programAugust 15, 2014

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation President Alan Tompkins presented William Roberts of Watauga, Texas, with a nice Stagg 5-string banjo as part of the Foundation's Play It Forward! bluegrass music Instrument Lending Program.  (The banjo was donated to the Foundation by long-time volunteer and Foundation friend Mr. Paul Mattoon.)  William had already been learning to play bluegrass banjo, but had to borrow an instrument in order to take lessons.  He is now thrilled to have his own banjo available so that he can pick, grin, and take lessons at any time the notion strikes!  William is planning to come out to bluegrass music events such as the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off so that he can jam with others and learn more about bluegrass music.  Tompkins commented that "we are always happy to help another young person to experience the joy of playing bluegrass music."  William is pictured here at Acoustic Music Camp.  He was a recipient of a Bluegrass Heritage Foundation scholarship to attend the camp in August 2014.  Learn more about the Play It Forward! program by clicking here.


Three Youth Scholarships Awarded for Acoustic Music Camp

BHF music camp scholarship winners 2014August 14, 2014
Part of the mission of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is to educate and encourage young people in bluegrass music.  In addition to operating the Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program, the Foundation teamed up with Acoustic Music Camp to offer scholarships so that some deserving young people could attend Acoustic Music Camp (August 7-9, 2014).  The camp is held annually at South Oaks Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.

Fiddler Maddie Smith of Lewisville, fiddler Chad Bekarian of Dallas, and banjo player Williams Roberts of Watauga, Texas were awarded scholarships that helped them to attend Acoustic Music Camp 2014.  All three young students were learning, picking, and grinning at the camp all three days!  The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation sincerely appreciates the support of those who attend our events and make the donations that enable the Foundation to provide this assistance to fine young people like Maddie, Chad, and William.

Acoustic Music Camp is a three-day instructional program for musicians with intensive expert instruction in how to play mandolin, Acoustic Music Camp in Arlington, Texas - training bluegrass and acoustic music fans and players in the great state of Texas!bluegrass and clawhammer banjo, flatpick guitar, upright bass, fiddle, songwriting/vocals, dobro, and fingerstyle guitar.  Faculty members for 2014 included Alison Brown, Bill Evans, Brad Davis, David Hamburger, Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor, Sam Swank, Dale Morris Jr., Dale Morris Sr., Nate Lee, Dix Bruce, Keith Yoder, Clay Powers, Alan Tompkins, Gerald Jones, Irl Hees, Ivan Rosenberg, and others.


Inaugural Front Porch Showdown Bluegrass Band Contest and Show a great success!

In Achordance competing in the Front Porch ShowdownMay 31, 2014
The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation today teamed up with the Dallas Heritage Village, a shady, 20-acre tree-lined park with authentic 19th-century pioneer and victorian homes and commercial buildings located in Dallas, for the first-ever Front Porch Showdown Bluegrass Band Contest and Show.  Nine bluegrass bands from Texas and Louisiana each had 15 minutes to take the stage, entertain the crowd, and clear out before the next band stepped in.  A total of $1,100 in prize money was on the line.  Judging was by audience ballot, with a great crowd on hand, and over 250 ballots were cast.  The winning bands were:

1stIn Achordance (Corpus Christi, Texas)
2ndBobby Giles & Music Mountain (Amarillo, Texas)
3rdNickelville Road (Wylie, Texas)
4thLonesome Ridge (Tullos, Louisiana)

Jamming at Dallas Heritage VillageThe crowd also enjoyed performances by the Trinity River Mountain Boys, Bluestem, Sowell Family Pickers, Sabine River Bend, and Phil Ferguson & Texas True.  At the conclusion of the bluegrass band contest, the amazing Sgt Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band took the stage and expertly performed a set of contemporary and classic tunes in the acoustic-music style.  Sgt Pepper's received a standing ovation at the close of their set from a very appreciative audience!

Hundreds of people explored the Dallas Heritage Village buildings and exhibits on Saturday, and many families with young children enjoyed a picnic in the park.  One of the famous Dallas food trucks, Jack's Chow Hound, was on hand and almost completely sold out of food.  Bluegrass music rang from the porches and pathways of the park as dozens of jammers picked their favorite tunes all afternoon.  It was a great day of family-friendly music and fun.  (In Achordance photo courtesy of David Seay; photo of jammers courtesy of Neva Warnock.)


Play It Forward! Program Presents Guitar to Natasha Brandon of Dallas, Texas

Natasha Brandon with her Play It Forward! program guitar!May 19, 2014

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation President Alan Tompkins presented Natasha Brandon of Dallas, Texas, with a Recording King RD-06 guitar today as part of the Foundation's Play It Forward! bluegrass music Instrument Lending Program.  Natasha has some musical training (she plays flute in her school orchestra), has already begun to learn guitar, and is excited about learning to play bluegrass music.  Longtime bluegrass music fan and friend of the Foundation Kim Roulias knows Natasha well and has promised to give her weekly guitar lessons and to bring her out to bluegrass music events!  Tompkins commented that "as always, we are thrilled to be able to help another young person to experience the joy of playing bluegrass music."  Natasha is pictured here with her mother, Jennifer Thompson, and Kim Roulias.  Learn more about the Play It Forward! program by clicking here.


Bluegrass Heritage Foundation scholarship enables Liam Purcell to attend Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy

Liam Purcell at Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy - May 2014Liam Purcell and J. D. Crowe at Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy - May 2014May 6, 2014

The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, as part of a continuing effort to encourage young people to learn to play bluegrass music, provided scholarship assistance to 11-year-old Liam Purcell so that he could attend a day of the Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy this past weekend.  Liam was thrilled to meet many of his banjo heroes, including Mr. J. D. Crowe, winner of the Foundation's Bluegrass Star Award in 2011.

Liam is from Deep Gap, North Carolina, just two miles from where Doc Watson was born and raised.  He plays bluegrass and clawhammer banjo, as well as guitar, mandolin, bass, and fiddle.  "I would like to thank the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and every person who helped to make it possible for me to attend the Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy.  I am grateful to be given this opportunity.  I like to go to festivals and attend workshops and jams wherever I can.  I enjoy teaching banjo and guitar to beginners, so by helping me, you help others to learn as well."

The scholarship to Liam was part of the Foundation's Play It Forward! program.  The Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program helps foster music literacy and performance skills in deserving young people (ages 8-21) by providing free access to the primary bluegrass musical instruments, including mandolins, guitars, banjos, and fiddles.  Several dozen instruments are in presently in circulation as a result of the program.  Find out more about the program by clicking here.

See more on this story at BluegrassToday.com.


Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Hunt, Jr. renew their support of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program

Rita & Lamar Hunt Jr, donors to the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Play It Forward ProgramDecember 1, 2013

The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation today accepted another donation for the support of the Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program from Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Hunt, Jr. of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Hunt is the eldest son of the late sports magnate Mr. Lamar Hunt, founder of the American Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs (a National Football League member team). Mr. Hunt's family presently operates the Kansas City Chiefs as well as FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew, member franchises of Major League Soccer.  Mr. Hunt is the founder of Loretto Properties, LLC, a residential real estate firm based in Kansas City, Kansas, and Loretto Charities, LLC, a philanthropic organization.  Mr. Hunt is a dedicated father of seven children, is the grandfather of three grandchildren, and has had a lifetime affection for music. He played the flute for nine seasons as a member of the Kansas City Symphony and continues to blog about their performances on a regular basis.  He also writes about sports topics, which include professional football and soccer.    

The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program helps foster music literacy and performance skills in deserving young people (ages 8-18) by providing free access to the primary bluegrass musical instruments, including mandolins, guitars, banjos, and fiddles.  Alan Tompkins, President of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, commented that "we are thankful and delighted that Mr. and Mrs. Hunt decided to continue supporting the Foundation's free instrument lending progam.  Their support and confidence is a very real encouragement to all the volunteers who help make this program a success."  Find out more about the program by clicking here.


Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Bluegrass Star Award Presented to Mandolinist Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull receives Bluegrass Heritage Star AwardOctober 19, 2013

Award-winning mandolinist, singer, and songwriter Sierra Hull was honored with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Bluegrass Star Award on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off in the Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas. 

"The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation began a tradition in 2010 of honoring bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing bluegrass music while preserving its character and heritage," said Foundation President Alan Tompkins.  The previous three Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Bluegrass Star Awards have been awarded to Rhonda Vincent in 2010, J. D. Crowe in 2011, and Peter Rowan in 2012.  "Sierra Hull deserves this award because of her amazing talents, her respect for the character and heritage of traditional bluegrass music, and her effectiveness in bringing bluegrass to new audiences.  She is a graduate of the American Roots Music Program at the prestigious Berklee School of Music, and in her early twenties has already been nominated for five awards in three years by the members of the International Bluegrass Music Association.  She's already given performances of broad cultural importance at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the National Prayer Breakfast.  We are excited to watch Sierra as she brings her incredible music to people who otherwise might not be open to listening to bluegrass, and we are so proud to have Sierra as a recipient of our Bluegrass Star Award."

For more information about Sierra Hull, visit her website at SierraHull.com.  A video of the Star Award Presentation is available here courtesy of David Seay Productions.  The photo above is courtesy of Mr. Derrick Birdsall.


More young people are picking and grinning because of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program

Katherine Raper of Trophy Club, Texas and her Play It Forward! Fiddle  Chad Bekarian of Dallas with his Play It Forward! Fiddle  Katherine Flink of Richardson, Texas and her Play It Forward! banjo
April 4, 2013

The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation has recently presented full-size fiddles to Miss Katherine Raper of Trophy Club, Texas and Mr. Chad Bekarian of Dallas through the Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program.  The Foundation also recently placed an Alvarez 5-string banjo with Miss Katherine Flink of Richardson, Texas.  We are thrilled that more young people are getting the opportunity to grow and advance by playing bluegrass music.  We appreciate all who have generously supported Foundation so that these young people have the opportunity to learn to play.  Find out more about the program by clicking here.


Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Bluegrass Star Award Presented to Peter Rowan

Peter Rowan, recipient of the 2012 Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Bluegrass Star AwardOctober 20, 2012

GRAMMY-winning singer and songwriter Mr. Peter Rowan was honored with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Bluegrass Star Award on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off in the Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas. 

"The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation began a tradition in 2010 of honoring bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing bluegrass music while preserving its character and heritage," said Foundation President Alan Tompkins.  "Peter Rowan deserves this award because of his amazing talents and his long record of musical accomplishment.  A native of the state of Massachusetts, he began his professional career with none other than Mr. Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, living in Nashville and appearing regularly on the Grand Ol' Opry.  His career spans nearly 50 years and includes collaborations with noted artists such as Tony Rice, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements, Norman Blake, Clarence White, and many others.  He's written such songs as Moonlight Midnight (which he recorded with Tony Rice), Panama Red, In The Land of The Navajo, and others.  We are excited to have Peter Rowan as a recipient of our Bluegrass Star Award."

For more information about Peter Rowan, visit Peter-Rowan.com.  A video of the Star Award Presentation is available here, courtesy of David Seay Productions.  The photo above is courtesy of Mr. Derrick Birdsall.


14-year-old banjoist Brandy Miller becomes the first Youth Showcase Artist for the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program

September 28, 2012

In early September, guitarist Lucas White (who appears in our short film, Fanning the Fire and now tours with the Zac Brown Band) approached the Foundation about helping North Carolina banjo phenom Brandy Miller to get a professional-grade banjo through our Play It Forward! program.  Brandy is a wonderful young person who has been competing in banjo contests since age 9 and who won the Galax, Virgina banjo championship this year - at age 14.
Brandy Miller, Youth Showcase Artist, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and Huber Banjos 
Brandy Miller, Youth Showcase Artist, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and Huber Banjos
We told Lucas that the Foundation did not have money for such Steve Huber, Brandy Miller, and Alan Tompkins a purchase but, after finding out more about Brandy, we challenged him to make a donation to make something happen for her.  Well, he stepped up, and his donation was matched by another Foundation donor. Those donations and some Play It Forward! money (from all those t-shirts our Foundation supports have purchased at festivals!) was enough to reach the goal. We contacted Steve Huber of the Huber Banjo Company and he quickly agreed to provide a great banjo for the project at a greatly reduced price.

  Lucas White & Brandy MillerWe presented the new Huber banjo to Brandy at IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Nashville on September 28, 2012, and she was thrilled beyond words.  She played her new banjo at several showcase events, including the Kids on Bluegrass show.  Read all about it in the great story by John Lawless, Jr. in BluegrassToday.comPhoto credit to Dan Loftin and video production credit to David Seay Productions.

Your support of the Foundation made it possible for a very talented young musician to have a professional banjo with which she can continue to learn, play, and compete. Congratulations, and thanks for your support!
.  Find out more about the program by clicking here.


More young people are picking and grinning because of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program

Leise Johnson of Dallas with her new fiddle from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Play It Forward! Instrument Lending ProgramMark Harz of Amarillo with his new guitar from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Play It Forward! Instrument Lending ProgramThe Bluegrass Brothers Band of Anna Texas with their Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Play It Foward! Instrument Lending Program instrumentsDecember 1, 2011

The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation today presented a 1/4-size fiddle to young Miss Leise Johnson of Dallas, Texas through the Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program.  The Foundation also recently placed a new Recording King 000-size guitar with young Mr. Mark Harz of Amarillo Texas.  And Parker and Brody Genzel of Anna, Texas, along with their bandmate Jonathan Smith of Anna, have formed a new youth bluegrass band known as the Bluegrass Brothers - and all three are playing instruments loaned to them under the Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program!  We couldn't be more excited that so many young people are getting to grow and advance by playing bluegrass music.  We appreciate all who have generously supported Foundation so that these young people have the opportunity to learn to play.  Find out more about the program by clicking here.


Bluegrass Heritage Foundation' Bluegrass Star Award Presented to J. D. Crowe

J. D. Crowe accepts the Bluegrass Star Award from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation at Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival 2012 in Farmers Branch TexasOctober 15, 2011
GRAMMY- and multiple IBMA Award-winning banjo player and bandleader Mr. J. D. Crowe was honored with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Bluegrass Star Award on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival in the Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas. 

"The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation began a tradition in 2010 of honoring bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing the music while preserving its character and heritage," said Foundation President Alan Tompkins.  "Mr. Crowe deserves this award because of his incredible talent and long record of musical accomplishment.  Crowe's career spans more than 50 years of playing and recording with some of the most talented and influential musicians ever to play bluegrass music, including Jimmy Martin, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Keith Whitley, Doyle Lawson, the Bluegrass Album Band, and so many more.  We are excited to have J. D. Crowe as a recipient of our Bluegrass Star Award."

A video of the Star Award Presentation is available here courtesy of David Seay Productions.  The photo above is courtesy of Mr. Derrick Birdsall.


Tony and Pamela Rice invite memorial donations to Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program 

Tony Rice and John Christian ScottSeptember 9, 2011
After losing their son, John Christian Scott, in a mid-August accident, pioneering bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice and his wife, Pamela, have asked for memorial contributions to be made to a very special cause.

"We have designated the 'Play it Forward!' instrument lending program, developed by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, as our choice for anyone wishing to make contributions in Chris' memory," said the Rices in a statement on August 28.  "We believe it is the best of all possible ways to plant the seeds necessary for bluegrass music to grow and thrive."

The Rices encourage friends and fans to support the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation by ordering a DVD of Fanning the Fire, a new short film that explores the uniquely American musical form of bluegrass and its broad appeal to beginning players and professionals alike.  The DVD is available for a minimum donation of $15 per copy to the Foundation and may be ordered at the Foundation's website, BluegrassHeritage.org. 

"To think about what Tony and Pamela must be going through is more than I can imagine," said Alan W. Tompkins, president of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  "I was deeply moved to think that they would consider what the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation has done to be worthy of a memorial for their son."

Fanning the Fire follows Lucas White, a young Texas musician, from his early interest in flatpick guitar at age 12 to his live performances onstage three years later, and features interviews and performance clips from award-winning artists such as Dan Tyminski, J. D. Crowe, Rhonda Vincent, and Adam Steffey.  In June, the 20-minute film was screened at the Film Festival of Colorado, where it received an award as Best Documentary (Music/Culture Category).  The film also won the "Peoples Choice" award at the Glen Rose Neo-Relix Film Festival in Glen Rose, Texas in September 2011.

Play It Forward!, the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's instrument lending program, promotes music literacy and performance skills by providing deserving youth with no-cost access to the primary bluegrass musical instruments such as mandolins, fiddles, banjos, and guitars.  The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity created to preserve and promote the heritage of bluegrass music in America, with a focus on promoting bluegrass in Texas.  The Rices hope it will serve as a role model for other states to follow.

"We so admire the Play It Forward! program, Fanning the Fire, and all that is being done by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation to get instruments into the hands of kids who might not otherwise be given the opportunity, support, and motivation to learn to play them," said the Rices.  "Young Lucas White is dearer to us, especially in our time of loss, than we could ever express in mere words." 

Sadly, the Rices lost their youngest son, Roman, in 2001.  "Both our sons loved bluegrass music with all their hearts, and both played guitar," commented Tony Rice.  "If Roman and Chris could have made a choice ahead of time, as a way to be remembered, we believe they would have asked us to do it this way so they could help provide kids with the same opportunities they had while they were growing up.  I hope that any of my fans who can afford to purchase this video will do so, in their memory."

Donations to the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation may be made, and copies of Fanning the Fire on DVD may be obtained, through the Foundation's online store

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Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program Presents More Instruments to Young People in Texas

Jonathan Smith, Parker Genzel, Brody Genzel, and Alan Tompkins - Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program PresentationAugust 7, 2011

The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation today presented a guitar, banjo, and mandolin to three young men in north Texas through the Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program.  Alan Tompkins, President of the Foundation, said "we are happy to help these young men get started on their musical path.  No pressure at all, but we hope that Parker Genzel, Brody Genzel, and Jonathan Smith will practice hard and become the core of a new young bluegrass band in the near future."  Tompkins added that "we are pleased to report that the Foundation has placed a total of 25 new and donated instruments under the Play It Forward! program. We appreciate Pizza Hut and everyone else who has generously donated to the Foundation so that young people can have an opportunity to learn to play.”  Find out more about the program by clicking here.


Play It Forward! Program Presents Banjo to Josie Taylor of Flint, Texas

Josie Taylor of Flint Texas receives banjo under the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Play It Forward! Instrument Lending ProgramNovember 18, 2010

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation President Alan Tompkins and board member Charlie Seraphin presented Josie Taylor of Flint, Texas with a Fender five-string banjo today as part of the Foundation's Play It Forward! bluegrass music Instrument Lending Program.  Josie has already started banjo lessons and is excited about learning to play bluegrass music.  The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program is generously supported by Pizza Hut, Inc. Learn more about the program by clicking here.


Inaugural Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Star Award Presented to Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent receives inaugural Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Star Award in Farmers Branch, TexasOctober 16, 2010
Rhonda Vincent, the woman who was named the "new queen of bluegrass music" by the Wall Street Journal, was honored with the first-ever Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Star Award on Saturday, October 16, at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, Farmers Branch, Texas. 

"The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation wanted to begin a tradition of honoring bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing the music while preserving its character and heritage," said Foundation President Alan Tompkins.  "We believe that Rhonda Vincent is the perfect recipient for this inaugural award because of her incredible talent and record of accomplishments.  Rhonda followed her parents' tradition of performing bluegrass music all the way to the Grammy stage, and now her daughters are blazing a trail with their own new bluegrass band.  We are happy to have Rhonda as our inaugural Star Award recipient."

As the leader of the most-awarded band in bluegrass music (Rhonda Vincent & The Rage), with more than 70 awards, and as the only artist to win seven consecutive IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year titles, Rhonda is at the top of her game.  She was also recently at the top of the Empire State Building where she debuted the first single, "Sweet Summertime," from her new CD "Taken."  For more information about Rhonda, visit RhondaVincent.com.   

A video of the Star Award Presentation is available here, courtesy of David Seay Productions.  The photo above is courtesy of Bob Compere.  More coverage about Rhonda's receipt of the Star Award can be found at the sources below:

BluegrassJournal.com | TheBluegrassBlog.com | Cybergrass.com | AllAccess.com | CMRNashville.com 


Play It Forward! Program Presents Fiddle to Reagan Hunter of Plano, Texas

Reagan Hunter receives fiddle under the Play It Forward! Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Instrument Lending Program September 5, 2010

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation President Alan Tompkins presented Reagan Hunter of Plano, Texas, with a new fiddle today as part of the Foundation's Play It Forward! bluegrass music Instrument Lending Program.  Reagan plans to begin fiddle lessons very soon and is excited about learning to play bluegrass music.  Foundation President Alan Tompkins commented that "we are always happy to share the joy of bluegrass music with another young person."  The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program is generously supported by Pizza Hut, Inc. Learn more about the program by clicking here.


Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program Presents More Instruments to Young People in Texas
Instruments presented to deserving young people in Dallas Texas under the Play It Forward! instrument lending program.Instruments presented to deserving young people in Dallas Texas under the Play It Forward! instrument lending program.Instruments presented to deserving young people in Dallas Texas under the Play It Forward! instrument lending program.Instruments presented to deserving young people in Dallas Texas under the Play It Forward! instrument lending program.

May 2, 2010
Bluegrass Heritage Foundation President Alan Tompkins and board members Gerald Jones and Charlie Seraphin today presented an assortment of guitars, banjos, and mandolins to young people in north Texas through the Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program. “We are always excited that more young people will have the opportunity to play acoustic music," said Tompkins. "We're also pleased to report that we have now placed a total of 20 new and donated instruments under the program.  We offer our sincere thanks to Pizza Hut and those who have donated to the Foundation so that these young people have the opportunity to experience the joy of music.”  The Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program is generously supported by Pizza Hut, Inc. Learn more about the program by clicking here.


Bluegrass Heritage Foundation recognized by Texas Governor Rick Perry for its efforts to preserve bluegrass music in the Lone Star State

Certificate of recognition from Texas Governor Rick Perry for Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's work to preserve and promote bluegrass music in TexasFebruary 23, 2010
Texas Governor Rick Perry congratulated the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation on its efforts to preserve bluegrass music in Texas by issuing a written certificate of recognition to Foundation President Alan Tompkins.  Governor Perry wrote that "music is a vital part of our culture that has enriched our great state's heritage, adding to the diversity and vibrancy that uniquely defines Texas.  Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is doing a great deal to promote bluegrass music in Texas, and I'm sure it will continue to do so under your leadership.  First Lady Anita Perry joins me in wishing you continued success."  Tompkins accepted the certificate on behalf of the Foundation and said "I am proud that the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, board, and the true bluegrass fans here in Texas has been recognized by Governor and First Lady Anita Perry.  We plan to keep the great bluegrass music going here in Texas for many years to come.  Maybe the Governor and First Lady will grab a fiddle and guitar and join in with us one day!"


Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program Presents Additional Instruments to Musical Heritage Center
Fiddles presented to Fiddle & Pick Musical Heritage Center by Play It Forward! Instrument Lending ProgramFiddles presented to Fiddle & Pick Musical Heritage Center by Play It Forward! Instrument Lending ProgramFiddles presented to Fiddle & Pick Musical Heritage Center by Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program

October 3, 2009
Bluegrass Heritage Foundation President Alan Tompkins and Foundation board member Gerald Jones presented the Fiddle & Pick Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee with an assortment of fiddles through the Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program. “We love what the Center is doing to help kids learn to play acoustic music," said Tompkins. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity, with the generous support of Pizza Hut, to work with Fiddle & Pick to help these young people learn to play this incredible music.”

 

Both the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and the Musical Heritage Center work to share the joy of traditional acoustic music, such as bluegrass, with the public.  The Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program is generously supported by Pizza Hut, Inc. Learn more about the program by clicking here.

 


Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program Presents Fiddle and Mandolin to the Benedict Family of Dallas

Instruments presented to Benedict family of Dallas TexasInstruments presented to Benedict family of Dallas TexasInstruments presented to Benedict family of Dallas Texas

September 26, 2009

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation President Alan Tompkins presented the Benedict family of Dallas, Texas, with a new fiddle and mandolin today under the Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program. The girls are taking lessons and are very interested in learning to play bluegrass.  Their father, Keith Benedict, is a native of eastern Tennessee, is a longtime fan of bluegrass music, and is excited that his girls want to learn to play the music.  Foundation President Alan Tompkins commented that "we are thrilled that the girls have shown so much interest in the music, and I hope we all get to pick together sometime soon!"  The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program is generously supported by Pizza Hut, Inc. Learn more about the program by clicking here.


 

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program Presents Instruments to Fiddle & Pick Musical Heritage Center

Play It Forward! Instrument Lending ProgramMusical Heritage Center - centerMusical Heritage Center - right

June 19, 2009
Bluegrass Heritage Foundation President Alan Tompkins and former Foundation board member Cliff Fitch today presented Gretchen Priest-May and her husband, renowned guitarist Tim May, the co-founders of the Fiddle & Pick Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee, with several instruments through the Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program. “We were very impressed to learn about the Musical Heritage Center and the broad range of traditional music instructional programs offered there," said Tompkins. "The talent, dedication, and commitment of the artists and teachers involved with the Center is outstanding, and we are excited to have the chance, through the support of Pizza Hut, to help young people start their musical journey through life.”

 

The placement is a perfect partnership for both organizations, whose missions are both built on the goal of sharing and promoting traditional music, like bluegrass, to the masses. The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is interested in receiving inquiries from young people in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who are interested in learning to play the mandolin, banjo, guitar, or other instruments traditionally used to create bluegrass music. The Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program is generously supported by Pizza Hut, Inc. Learn more about the program by clicking here.



Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program Presents Banjo to Ryan McKillip

Ryan McKillip receiving banjo from Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Play It Forward! Instrument Lending ProgramRyan McKillip receiving banjo from Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Play It Forward! Instrument Lending ProgramRyan McKillip and Alan Tompkins talking banjo

June 4, 2009
Bluegrass Heritage Foundation President Alan Tompkins presented Ryan McKillip, age 14, of Carrollton, Texas, with a new banjo today under the Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program. Ryan started playing guitar shortly before the 2008 Bluegrass Heritage Festival, and became very interested in playing more bluegrass after attending the Festival and its workshops. Ryan expressed his interest in learning to play banjo to his father, Ross McKillip, who approached the Foundation to find out more about the Play It Forward! program. Alan Tompkins commented that "we are pleased and excited to get this banjo into the hands of a young man who is so excited to play and learn more about bluegass music." The Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program is generously supported by Pizza Hut, Inc. Learn more about the program by clicking here.


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