Twilight Alive Concert Series: ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band
ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band students are not only from the Southeast but also from other areas of the country, and that wide separation creates a vast difference of influence among the members. These many influences are brought together to create a fluid, yet solid, traditional bluegrass sound. Current members are:
Max Etling, bass- Plymouth, MN
Brady Wallen, banjo- Williamsburg, KY
Aynsley Porchak, fiddle – Woodstock, ON, Canada
Troy Boone, mandolin – Erwin, TN
Aaron “Frosty” Foster guitar – Wells Bridge, NY
Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University is the oldest established program of its kind at any four-year institution. Founded in 1982 by Jack Tottle, this program preserves the musical traditions rooted in Appalachian culture and encourages creativity and development of prevailing styles. Each year, ETSU attracts hundreds of students from around the globe who study seriously the music of the mountains in the rich cultural hearth of Northeast Tennessee.
Students pursuing full-time careers in music declare the Bachelor of Arts degree in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies – the only degree of its kind in the world. Student musicians interested in working toward degrees in professions other than music find our minor in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies to be most suitable. Non-degree students also are welcome to register for any courses that might be of personal interest.
For more information about the program, please contact the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 439-7072. For booking please email email@example.com. Visit us online at www.etsu.edu/das/bluegrass