IBMA Makes More Bluegrass Leaders!



Freelance writer and journalist Shannon Turner, a Leadership Bluegrass 2013 graduate, said she will always value being a part of the class.  “Leadership Bluegrass is an invaluable program of learning, growth, and even transformation. You leave with a renewed energy and determination to spread the gospel of bluegrass music,” Turner said.

The Bluegrass Situation’s Amy Reitnouer, who was also a participant agreed, saying, “I was awed by the fellow classmates, network of alumni, and incredible presenters.”Now in its 14th year with more than 300 alumni, Leadership Music is an intensive three-day program of advanced level, interactive learning experiences that invites participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing our music, along with related leadership issues.

The purpose of the Leadership Bluegrass program is to pull together a cross section of people with exhibited or potential leadership qualities into a network of learning and communication.

The results will foster a broad-based understanding of the total needs of the bluegrass community, which will help participants better prepare to determine the goals of the particular organization, company or group in which they choose to serve.

Early last month, the IBMA released the following names of those selected for this year’s class but we don’t have confirmation at this time if every one was actually able to attend.

Congratulations to all the graduates:

  • Darin Aldridge; Darin and Brooke Aldridge; Cherryville, NC
  • Melissa Armstrong; Detour; Sand Lake, MI
  • Andrea Ball; Make Welcome Entertainment; Washington, DC
  • Katherine Coe; IBMA; Nashville, TN
  • Jeremy Darrow; The Erin McDermott Band/Freelance Musician; Nashville, TN
  • John DeMarce; DC Bluegrass Union; Washington, DC
  • Susie Glaze; Hilonesome Music, Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band; Burbank, CA
  • KC Groves; Artist & Composer; Lyons, CO
  • Kayla Hotte; Kayla Hotte & her Rodeo Pals; Ardrossan, Alberta, CA
  • Caroline Isachsen; Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival; Delmar, NY
  • Steven Johnson; MerleFest; Wilkesboro, NC
  • Lori King; Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa; Drakesville, IA
  • Jordan Laney; Appalachian State University; Vilas, NC
  • Ron Murphy; Muddy River Band; Wilmington, OH
  • Amy Reitnouer; The Bluegrass Situation; Los Angeles, CA
  • Carolyn Routh; Nu-Blu, Red Squared Audio; Siler City; NC
  • Sheila Selby; Boston Bluegrass Union; Brookline, MA
  • Carly Smith; International Bluegrass Music Museum; Owensboro, KY
  • Erin Stamper; WAMU’s Bluegrass Country; Washington, DC
  • Shannon Turner; Freelance writer/journalist; Hermitage, TN
  • Missy Werner; Missy Werner Band; Liberty Township, OH
  • Jill Wiese; Bluegrass Association of North Dakota; Washburn, ND
  • Kristi Wilcox; Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; Nashville, TN
  • Courtney Worthen; PineCone – The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music; Raleigh, NC

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