We came together like many bands when we began jamming at festivals. One festival we were asked to step in for a vacant spot on stage and that led to the beginning of the band.
Current Members are:
Bob Martin on banjo
Curt Fields on lead guitar
Jim Dills on bass
Marilyn Martin on vocals & guitar
Carol Dills on vocals & guitar
Betty Lampinen on vocals & rhythm guitar
The North Cascades Bluegrass band is made up of local talent and joins us each year. It’s talent from many different bands or individuals who come to share their music with our fans. The band members are never exactly the same.
This year’s talent is:
Kent Powell – Bass: Kent has been involved in the bluegrass scene in the Pacific Northwest for over forty years. He played banjo with several groups including Backgrasswardes, Cascade Mtn. Ramblers, Crossfire, and Runaway Train and several more. He currently plays bass with Runaway Train, North Country and String Theory.
Ruben Taylor – Mandolin/Guitar: Ruben is a transplant from Alaska. While there, Ruben cut his musical teeth on piano and fiddle, competing in fiddle contests. Since that time, Ruben has picked up both mandolin and guitar, both of which he plays with this group.
Tobias Simcox – Mandolin: Tobias (Toby), grew up learning classical violin from the age of 3. He played 1st chair violin in the Everett Youth Symphony for 2 years. Later he went on to playing Celtic fiddle and then Texas fiddle where he took 3rd in Washington State’s junior fiddle contest. At 13, he taught himself to play guitar and mandolin after receiving them for his birthday. Five hears ago he discovered bluegrass festivals and what bluegrass music/jams are all about. Least to say he has been hooked ever since.
Rick Aherns – Banjo: Rick has agreed to sit in with the North Cascades Bluegrass Boys, due to a conflict with the original banjo player scheduled for this event. Rick is an experienced banjo player with his own unique style. Rick has played with many bands in the Northwest and he can be seen, jamming most nights at many festivals. He also hosts an event of his own. We are pleased to have Rick on our stage and appreciate him stepping in.
John Bennett (Robbie) – fiddle: Robbie is one of the NW finest fiddle players. His fiddle playing is so pleasant and smooth its a joy to hear and he rounds out Roosevelt Road with true Bluegrass vocals as well. Robbie can be seen at many festivals as a great addition to any jam. He is also a trouper when it comes to bands in need of a fiddle player. Robbie has been part of Roosevelt Road for many years and by osmosis, not only a friend of the North Cascades Bluegrass Festival, but a workshop instructor and performer from many of our stages during the last 7 years.
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