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!

News

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.

NCBS Volunteer Party Set For Saturday, October 29

The 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 an invitation soon.

Information About The NCBS Volunteer Party Will Be Announced Soon

The NCBS Volunteer Party!

A Volunteer Party Jam

The Northern California Bluegrass Society loves its volunteers!

Each year, the Society hosts the Bluegrass Party Of The Year to honor the folks that step up all year long to Make The Music Happen!

Information about the 2016 party will be announced very soon and all volunteers will receive their coveted invitations.

The party is for all Society volunteers and bands on any NCBS event or project in the past year.