About NCBS

The Northern California Bluegrass Society is a non-profit organization that exists to promote bluegrass music in northern California. The NCBS is member supported and run by volunteers. Its operations are overseen by the board of directors, also volunteers, elected by the membership.

The NCBS was founded in 1982 as the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society. Over the years its scope grew to cover more than just the Santa Cruz area, and in 1999 the membership voted to change its name to the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

As we are a non-profit organization, donations are both tax-deductible and greatly appreciated!


Include NCBS & Local Bluegrass Music In Your Year-End Tax Planning For 2016

The Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society is a California not-for-profit corporation that is a qualified IRC Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Tax ID is 94-2907716.

Send checks to: NCBS/SCBS, PO Box 390846, Mountain View, CA 94309-0846

Your year-end tax planning can include a donation to support bluegrass music that is deductible as allowed by law.

Annual NCBS Volunteer Thank You Party Is This Saturday, October 29

Volunteers and bands from all Northern California Bluegrass Society events and other projects over the past year should have received their invitations to the 2016 Volunteer Thank You Party.

The  annual gathering for those who do so much all year long to support the music will be held on Saturday, October 29 at an undisclosed location.

If you volunteered or performed and have not received your invitation, contact Volunteer Party Chair (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com and he will fix you right up.

Thanks for your support!

NCBS Volunteers!

NCBS Board Of Directors Elects Officers For 2016-2017

NCBS Officers for 2016-2017

The Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors has elected officers for 2016-2017. They are:

President — Michael Hall (Redwood City)

Vice-President — Mike Russell (San Mateo)

Secretary — Bruce Bellochio (Brookdale)

Treasurer — Bruce Edmundson (Sunnyvale)

Foundation For Bluegrass Music Awards Prestigious Grant To NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

The Foundation For Bluegrass Music (Nashville) has awarded one of only four 2016 grants to support children’s bluegrass education to the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund.

The prestigious nationwide grant was announced at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Luncheon at the World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC on September 29, 2016.

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

The NCBS fund accepts donations and awards partial or full scholarships to deserving young students at the Walker Creek Music Camp, which is held each Spring & Fall at the Walker Creek Environmental Education Center & Ranch near Petaluma. A NCBS committee manages the four-year-old fund.

The Walker Creek Music Camp was established in 2013 by Camp Director Ingrid Noyes. The residential camp educates both adults and children in instrumental and vocal instruction, with nationally-recognized instructors.

Ingrid Noyes

Walker Creek Music Camp Kids

The FBM also awards a college scholarship each year to a student studying bluegrass music. Palo Alto’s Molly Tuttle was one of the past recipients.

Thanks to all the donors, now including the Foundation For Bluegrass Music, as well as all the NCBS volunteers, for making this scholarship fund available to young aspiring bluegrass students in Northern California.

Information: Walker Creek Music Camp.

October 29 NCBS Volunteer Party Invitations To Arrive In Early October

The 2016 Volunteer Party!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 2016 Volunteer Thank You Party will be held on Saturday, October 29 at an undisclosed location.

Volunteers and bands from all NCBS events and other projects over the past year will receive their invitations with all the exciting details in early October.