Bluegrass Comes To Bismarck | VideoKristin Clouston | 1/8/2011
"They are fantastic bluegrass players and they gotta be world wide it`s just fantastic," said Joe Wanner.
Students from all over the state came to get hands on training from the Chapmans`, a family band out of Ozark Missouri that`s been playing together for more than 20 years. Band members say this their first time playing in Bismarck.
Mandolin player Jeremy Chapman explained, "Just up here for the tour and I have to say as cold as it is, we`ll probably go back to Missouri."
Although they joke about the weather the band says they`re happy to be here and have met some really great people.
Chapman explained, "I think one of the most surprising things is even though it doesn`t traditionally have it, you always find a pocket of people that are fans and pickers themselves. And so where ever you go there always seems to be friendships you can connect with., and so that`s a lot of fun. Going to a place you don`t commonly think of as a bluegrass area and still finding a lot of people that are doing it.
The 2 hour workshop was packed with students of all ages and levels,
Wanner said, "A long time, quite a long time. 20 Years probably, different instruments, but now I`m playing the fiddle so I`m having a brand new experience again."
11 year old Brittan Grub from Washburn came to jam and was also Saturday`s opening act.
Kristin: "There`s a couple of kids here but it`s mostly old people. What do you think about that?"
Brittan: "I don`t know." (Laughs)
Chapman told students, " I`m only doing up strokes on upbeats and down strokes on down beats. It`s impossible, you really have to slow it down to give your brain time to comprehend what`s going on."
The workshop only cost $5 but students say the advice they got was invaluable.
"I`ve never heard anybody better. I mean in North Dakota? Can you imagine? There`s some pretty good Blue Grass Players here but these are as good as they come," said Wanner.
The Chapmans` jumped into the national spotlight when they won the International Bluegrass Band Championship in 1998. The Bluegrass Blizzard weekend was sponsored in part by the North Dakota Council on the Arts.