The mission of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is to preserve and promote the heritage of bluegrass music in America, with a focus on promoting bluegrass music in Texas. The Foundation seeks to educate the public about this distinctly American form of music with roots in Irish, Scottish, and English traditional music through educational programs and workshops, public performances of bluegrass music, historic preservation efforts, and other similar programs. The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized under Texas law and recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Board of Directors
Alan W. Tompkins
Alan Tompkins is the founder and serves as President of the Foundation. He is an avid bluegrass music fan and an established banjo and acoustic bass player whose album, No Part of Nothin’, was released in 2012. He is Vice President and General Counsel of Unity Hunt, Inc., in Dallas where he manages legal matters for the Lamar Hunt family and their affiliated entities. A native of western Kentucky, Alan moved to Texas in 1983 to earn an MBA from SMU and went on to become licensed as both an attorney and CPA in Texas. He has served on the boards of several charitable organizations including AFI-Dallas International Film Festival, FC Dallas Foundation, Pegasus Theatre, and For The Love Of The Lake Foundation, and is a former chair of the State Bar of Texas Entertainment & Sports Law Section. Alan’s love of music began in Kentucky at an early age, and he played southern gospel and country music extensively as a teenager. With Gerald Jones, Alan co-founded the Frisco Bluegrass Festival held at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas (2006-07) and Acoustic Music Camp, an instructional institute for acoustic musicians. Alan is a graduate of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Leadership Bluegrass class of 2009, and served as Chair of the Leadership Bluegrass Planning Committee from 2011-2014. For more about Alan, see AlanTompkins.com.
Gerald L. Jones
Gerald L. Jones, a native Texan, has been involved with the performance, production, and teaching of music for more than 30 years. He’s played live or recorded with Jerry Douglas, Mark O’Connor, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Tanya Tucker, Grand Master Fiddle Champion Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor, Hank Thompson, Red Steagall, and many others of many genres. He’s the editor of Mel Bay’s web magazine Banjo Sessions and is a frequent contributor to Joe Carr’s web magazine Mandolin Sessions. Gerald is on the board of the Allegro Guitar Society, which presents classical guitar performances in Dallas, Fort Worth and Las Vegas. He also writes and performs many Guitar Society outreach programs each year. He invented the Acoustic Plus electronic banjo pickup used by Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Alan Munde, Bill Keith, and others. A multi-instrumentalist on banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin and dobro, Gerald has won banjos at the Winfield Banjo Championship. Gerald co-founded the Frisco Bluegrass Festival and Acoustic Music Camp, an instructional institute for acoustic musicians. Plus he teaches at many other camps across the country each year. For more about Gerald, see TheGeraldJones.com.
Charlie R. Seraphin
Charlie Seraphin is a “man on the move.” A native of Wisconsin, he’s lived and worked in eight states and two foreign countries. Professionally, he’s managed radio news operations in five cities including Miami and San Francisco, and served as the VP/General Manager of top-rated radio stations in Los Angeles, San Diego and Dallas. After an award-winning career in broadcasting, he spent 15 years in professional sports as chief marketing officer for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball, as Executive VP/General Manager of the NBA Development League Tulsa 66ers, and as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for Hunt Sports Group in Dallas. He currently consults the City of St. Augustine, Florida on their upcoming 450th Commemoration and a Jacksonville, FL Sportstalk radio station. In his spare time he teaches Sales Management at Flagler College and serves as President of the St. Augustine St. Vincent de Paul Society. The proud father of six adult children and grandfather of 11-year-old Ana Bella, Charlie has been learning to play guitar for the past 40 years, recently adding the lap steel and Dobro to his collection of musical instruments. He enjoys listening to all kinds of music, especially live bluegrass.
Raleigh W. Newsam
Raleigh Newsam is an attorney in Dallas, Texas, where he practices construction, real estate, and intellectual property law. He earned an architecture degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree in management degree from MIT, and a law degree from SMU. Born in New York City, he spent his youth in Long Island, New York and Clarksville, Tennessee. It was in Clarksville that he developed his love and enthusiasm for bluegrass and country music. Raleigh has been active with numerous charitable organizations and currently serves as the President of Dallas Christian Leadership.
Julie R. Tompkins