DelFest Academy

DelFest 2010 Announces DelFest Academy

Del McCoury Band
For the second consecutive year, DelFest 2010 will be preceded by a Bluegrass Academy. DelFest Academy 2010 will take place May 25-27, 2010 with the festival beginning on 5/27 and ending on 5/30.

The 2010 DelFest Academy will consist of a friendly, encouraging, and intensive three-day learning experience with a group of some of the finest musicians in bluegrass: mandolinist Ronnie McCoury, banjo player Rob McCoury, fiddler Jason Carter, bassist Alan Bartram, and Ronnie Bowman on guitar. As members of the Del McCoury Band, Rob, Ronnie, Alan and Jason have won IBMA's Entertainer of the Year award nine times.

A Meet & Greet for students, their guests, and instructors will kick off the academic week on Monday evening. Bluegrass Karaoke on Thursday afternoon where the students get to front the Del McCoury Band, as well as a special wrap party that night will conclude the academy.

In intimate classes, students will receive instruction targeted to their individual needs, with plenty of opportunity for one-on-one interaction with their instructors. The overall direction of each class will ultimately be determined by the students' goals and needs. Students may expect to learn how to lead jams and receive tips on practicing, technique, and accompaniment, and benefit from direct interaction with instructors who can help them achieve their musical objectives.

DelFest 2010, set to kick off on May 27 offers a fantastic lineup for its third year, headlined by the Del McCoury Band (of course), The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Railroad Earth and more.

A celebration of the musical heritage of Del McCoury, DelFest is a family-friendly event and takes place at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD. Personally chosen by Del, this site is nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, and it is the perfect location for DelFest and the very first DelFest Academy!

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