Play It Forward!™ Presents Instruments to Sarah and Mark Rodriguez
March 22, 2015
Bluegrass Heritage Foundation President Alan Tompkins presented Sarah Rodriguez of Richardson, Texas, with a Savannah F-style mandolin today as part of the Foundation’s Play It Forward!™ Instrument Lending Program. He also presented her brother, Mark Rodriguez, with a vintage fiddle and bow. Sarah has fiddle experience, has jammed with the Garland Square Pickers, and is looking forward to learning to play mandolin. Mark is looking forward to learning to play fiddle, and there is hope that one day he and his sister can start a family band with their siblings. Longtime bluegrass musician Chris Erickson of Garland has been mentoring the Rodriguez family and plans to bring them out to the Garland Square to jam with other bluegrass musicians. Tompkins commented that “we are so happy to help the Rodriguez family along on their bluegrass musical journey.” Sarah is pictured here with her new mandolin and Mark’s fiddle.