As we near the end of 2013 and begin the new year we hope that somehow over the past 5 years we have impacted your life in a positive way. The BMAI Board and committee is striving to bring more bluegrass events, jam sessions, and concerts to the State of Iowa. We just completed our 2013 season with the 4th Annual Honey Creek Resort Bluegrass Festival. Three national touring bands: The Darrell Webb Band, Nu Blu, and The Harper Family, were joined by five regional and Iowa based bands, to make the three day event a great success. Attendance was at an all-time high.
BMAI sponsored six other bluegrass concerts in 2013. We enhanced our concert offerings with other bluegrass related activities including small group performances, educational workshops, and promotion of the Play It Forward! (PIF) program. We now have provided 5 Iowa youth with instruments through the PIF program.
We are planning to grow our events in 2014. We will be holding new workshops at the Annual Ramada Tropics Resort Festival and a brand new Bluegrass Goes Pink weekend to be held April 11 and 12 in Iowa City. These are just two of our planned expansion activities for the upcoming year.
We also will be raffling a custom 5th Anniversary BMAI Guitar built by Iowa based instrument builder Steve Hinde. Steve is an incredible luthier, as well as a musician and we feel truly blessed for his donation of his time to build it for us. We will be posting some photos to keep you up to date on its progress. The guitar will once again be raffled at the Honey Creek Resort Bluegrass Festival on Saturday November 1, 2014. Photo is the inlay that will be on the headstock of the guitar. You can find out more about Hinde Instruments on his website at www.hindecustominstruments.com.
Please visit our website for all of our 2014 events and plan to attend!! We have some great bands hired for your entertainment. We will post our new events there as we get them scheduled. www.iowabluegrassmusic.com
Additional reminder to our current members, 2013 memberships will expire on December 31, 2013 so make sure to get your renewal form in the mail. If you would like to become more involved with BMAI, volunteer some of your time at our events, find out more about our programs, or make a donation feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 641-799-1442.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you next year!!