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Tuesday, September 27 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
How to Build a Band

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A band is a great place to make music. To make it more than just a party, it also needs to be a business. This session will delve into what it takes to build and maintain a working band. We’ll focus on the vast majority of bands that do not have a complete team of agents, managers, and publicists, but rather, have to find a way to keep the lights on with none or only some of these people. Panelists include band leaders who have long track records of maintaining successful bands in a variety of situations.  

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Laurie Lewis

A stirring vocalist, gifted songwriter, champion fiddler and topnotch bandleader, Laurie Lewis has won a Grammy for her contributions to True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, has twice been voted Female Vocalist of the Year and her rendition of “Who Will Watch The Home Place?” won Song of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Laurie’s songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea (Love Chooses You, The Wood... Read More →
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Kimber Ludiker

Born of fiddle playing parents in Spokane, WA, Kimber Ludiker is a 5th generation fiddle player who finally picked one up at the age of 3. With 11 combined family National Fiddle Championships, Kimber holds 3 herself. She is a multi-instrumentalist, picking up the cello, mandolin, and guitar at an early age as well. In 2009, Kimber founded all-female bluegrass/Americana super group "Della Mae". They were IBMA's Emerging Artists of the Year in... Read More →
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Larry Stephenson

Stephenson has been at the helm of the Larry Stephenson band since 1989. He was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996 and has been named SPGBMA male vocalist of the year. He also received IBMA Recorded Event of the Year awards in 2010. SPGMA Album of the Year honors went to the band in 2015 for their recording “Pull Your Savior In”. He’s got his own record label and an extensive recording career. | Looking... Read More →
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Pete Wernick

founder/CEO, Wernick Method
Pete (Dr. Banjo) is renowned worldwide for his accomplishments and contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize, innovative teacher and author, songwriter, and long-term President of the International Bluegrass Music Association. In addition to being a founding member of Hot Rize, Pete has organized, performed in, and co-managed a number of bands, as well as coaching and producing other... Read More →

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