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CBA Youth Academy Update (3/13/17)

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017

The CBA Youth Academy 2017
(Note:  as of March 13, 2017, there are only 7 spaces left)

The 5th Annual CBA Youth Academy held during the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival week is proud to announce this year’s spectacular faculty.  Every year we bring fabulous young professional musicians to Grass Valley to teach and mentor our attendees and this year is no different.

The Barefoot Movement (Nashville, TN) will be travel out to teach and perform on Thursday on the Pioneer Stage. The four musicians in this award-winning band are:  Noah Wall (vocals and fiddle), Tommy Norris (mandolin), Katie Blomarz (bass), Alex Conerly (guitar and mandolin).  Justin Hiltner (Nashville, TN) from the Vickie Vaughn Band will be joining us for the first time to teach banjo.  We are pleased that Yoseff Tucker (The Central Valley Boys, the BowTies) will be returning to teach guitar and Jan Purat (Steep Ravine) will return to teach fiddle.  New this year will be a CBA VolunTeen and Academy Alum, Daisy Kerr (guitar and vocals), who will assist at the Academy.  Note, there will be no Dobro instructor this year.

All questions about the Academy may be directed to Paul Elwell at  We only enroll 49 students for this four-day event (June 14-19).