The VHCC Old Time String Band is an exciting and fun performance class that has been offered on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College each spring since 2012. The music director at VHCC Mary Munsey designed this class and has opened the class to students, faculty and community members from all walks of life. The class is currently a non-credit course taught for enjoyment only and offered through the Workforce Development office at VHCC each spring.
The members have varying musical backgrounds and entrance abilities. Some are beginners and others have been playing for several years. Several of the members already knew how to play another musical instrument but chose to broaden their musical horizons by trying a new instrument or a different style of music.
The class meets once a week for an hour and 45 minutes on Monday afternoons in the spring semester. One of the class requirements is to attend a live Old Time or Bluegrass event at the Carter Fold in Scott County, Heartwood in Abingdon or at other regional venues.
In addition to playing on a Thursday evening at Heartwood in April they’ll also be playing at White’s Mill sometime in April and at the Heartwood Youth Festival in May.
Playing in the Old Time String Band is a fun musical journey for all of the participants and for the instructor. There have been members of the group that ranged in age from 15-81 in past sessions. Some folks come back each spring to play again. If you wish to join the group or you would like to donate a guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass or other string instrument to the Old Time String Band program, please contact Mary Munsey at 276-739-2454 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact her if you know of performance opportunities for the group. The next session will begin at 4:00 on January 8th in the MEC building room 114 at VHCC.
Photo by: Kevin Morley