As a nonprofit organization, the NCBS is run by a board of directors elected by the membership. The 2012-13 board members are:

  • Nancie Barker
  • Bruce Bellocchio
  • Eric Burman
  • Bruce Edmundson
  • Penny Godlis
  • Michael Hall
  • Brenda Hough
  • Pan Logan
  • Mike Russell

The original Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society (circa 1983) which was taken at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor beach. From left to right: Walt Bamber, Kim Elking, Vance Townsend, “Bruddah” Glenn Christensen (co-founder), Karen Quick (co-founder), Bill Parker, Dick Clark, and Earle White. This was back in the days when order was kept at board meetings with battery-operated ray-guns.


NCBS Board Of Directors Candidates For August 8 Election

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Annual Election for Board of Directors will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm, during the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos, and by mail. Mailed ballots are due by August 4.

There are nine announced candidates running for nine positions.

Alison Steele

Alison Steele


The following candidate has announced that she is running as a write-in, and submitted this statement and picture:

Alison Steele

You may know me as the banjo player for Sugar by the Pound.  I really enjoy the West Coast Bluegrass sound and want  to help the bluegrass community by serving on the NCBS Board of Directors.  I am a native Virginian and have lived in Santa Cruz for the past 12 years.  It would be a joy to help with the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair and the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival along with other Society events and projects. I would appreciate your vote!


These candidates previously submitted candidate statements and are on the ballot that was published with their statements and photos in the July/August issue of Bluegrass By The Bay magazine:

Bruce Bellochio, Eric Burman, Elicia Burton, Bruce Edmundson, Mike Fisher, Penny Godlis, Michael Hall, & Mike Russell.

NCBS Membership

Northern California Bluegrass Society Late Summer Official Dates & Deadlines

Here are the late summer official dates & deadlines for the Northern California Bluegrass Society:


11 — NCBS Santa Clara Historic Train Depot Jam.

22 — Discount Advance Ticket deadline for Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.


4 — Mail-in ballots must be received at PO Box for NCBS election.

6-9 — NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

7 — Nominations open for 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

8 — NCBS Board of Directors election.

Candidates On Ballot For August 2015 NCBS Board Election

ncbs-plain-logoThe following candidates have filed statements for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors Election, set for Saturday, August 8, 10:00am-5:00pm at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival and by mail: Bruce Bellochio, Eric Burman, Elicia Burton, Bruce Edmundson, Mike Fisher, Penny Godlis, Michael Hall, & Mike Russell. Candidate statements and ballots will be published in the July issue of Bluegrass By The Bay magazine.

Elicia Burton To Fill Open NCBS Board Seat Until August

ncbs-plain-logoPast NCBS Board of Directors Member Elicia Burton of Boulder Creek has been named to fill the seat left vacant by Pan Logan’s recent move to Colorado. She will serve until the board election in August.

Three-Day Reminder: June 1 Is Due Date For Candidate Statements For NCBS Board

Three-Day Reminder: Candidate Statementsncbs-plain-logo for the 2015-16 NCBS Board Of Directors Election are due on June 1, 2015.