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 Elects Officers For 2015-2016

ncbs-plain-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors has elected officers for 2015-2016.

Vice-President — Bruce Bellochio of Brookdale

Secretary — Alison Steele of Boulder Creek

Treasurer — Bruce Edmundson of Sunnyvale

Michael Hall of Redwood City was previously elected president. The slate of officers will serve until the annual board elections are held at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in 2016.

Michael Hall To Serve As NCBS President For 2015-2016

Michael Hall

Michael Hall

Michael Hall of Redwood City has been elected to serve as president of the Northern California Bluegrass Society for the 2015-2016 term.

He looks forward to working with all of the members of the NCBS board and all the NCBS volunteers over the coming year.

He has previously served multiple terms as president and has been on the NCBS Board Of Directors since 1990. He publishes the NCBS Website and the NCBS Facebook Page, serves on the Good Old Fashioned Festival Committee, and helps with the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair.

He is the founder & festival director of the NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, including the Northern California Bluegrass Awards and the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival. His most recent project is the joint NCBS/CBA Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival to be held on September 20 in Pacifica. He also the chair of the annual NCBS Volunteer Thank-You Party and serves as the Society’s Legal Counsel, as well as other volunteer efforts for the organization.

Hall is a 2003 graduate of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Leadership Bluegrass Class and also serves as the founding chair of the IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival and on the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Alumni Committee, and is on the IBMA Event Of The Year Committee and the IBMA Board Of Electors. He has taught IBMA Seminars on the subject of bluegrass organizational leadership, bluegrass film festivals, and online bluegrass publishing, communication, and promotion.

2015-2016 Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors Elected At Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

NCBS Board of Directors

NCBS Board of Directors

Brenda Hough

Brenda Hough

The 2015-2016 Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors was elected by the membership on Saturday, August 8 at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Tres Pinos.

Bruce Bellochio (Brookdale), Eric Burman (Bonny Doon), Elicia Burton (Boulder Creek), Bruce Edmundson (Sunnyvale), Mike Fisher (Boulder Creek), Penny Godlis (Santa Cruz), Michael Hall (Redwood City), & Mike Russell (San Mateo) were re-elected.

Alison Steele of Boulder Creek was newly-elected.

Longtime board member Brenda Hough of San Jose retired from the board.

The new board will meet in September to begin planning Society activities for the coming year.

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.