‘A night of bluegrass’: Southern High School FFA presents second annual fundraiser on Friday

Sideline will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016, as part of Southern Alamance High School's second annual fundraiser for its Future Farmers of America Scholarship Fund. / Photo submitted

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent

   When it comes to music, it has always been about understanding both the origins of the music itself and ourselves as individuals. The Southern Alamance High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Band keeps these ideals in mind when performing.
“The whole band has known each other for a long time,” said fiddler Hannah Maness.
Will Kirkpatrick and his brother, Prescott, play banjo and guitar respectively.
Will mentioned that one of the best qualities of a great bluegrass artist is “someone who understands the music and has fun when they play.”
“Getting a good response from the crowd makes me feel good and energetic,” Prescott added.
The Southern Alamance High School FFA Band will present its second annual “A Night of Bluegrass Music” on Friday, March 4, 2016, in the Southern Alamance High School auditorium, 631 Southern High Road, Graham. Opening acts are the Southern Alamance High School FFA Band and the Steve Martin Band. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 6 p.m.
The Steve Martin Band will play from 6:50 p.m. to 7:35 p.m. with a concession break/raffle from 7:40 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Sideline will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sideline is made up of Steve Dilling on banjo; Skip Cherryholmes on guitar; Jason Moore on bass; Brian Aldridge on mandolin and Nathan Aldridge on fiddle. The band, as the name suggests, began as a “side project” but quickly transformed into a main gig for all of the players.
Buddy Michaels, who has 40-plus years of radio announcer experience, will emcee. His bluegrass shows can be heard on WKRX Life (103.1 FM) in Roxboro, WLHC (103.1 FM) in Sanford and WBAG (1150 AM) in Burlington.
Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 for adults and $10 for students. All proceeds will benefit the FFA scholarship fund.

Jakob S. Miller is a freshman at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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