Bow-Dacious String Band

BSB playing at the Philo Country Opry

BSB playing at the Philo Country Opry

The most well-known of our ensemble offerings, the Bow-Dacious String Band consists of about 25-40 kids, aged 6 through high school, who get together weekly to play popular music styles on violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo and other stringed instruments. We also welcome accordions, pianos, flutes and percussion with instructor consent.

This band performs a lot–over 200 times in the past 10 years! The repertoire is drawn from traditional and popular music genres from around the world.  Our emphasis is on developing strong ensemble skills, soloing, improvising, and learning applied music theory as it relates to the tunes we play.

Students are divided into groups according to age and skill level, and each group receives instruction that is just a bit challenging for their level. Placement in groups is at the discretion of the director.


This group is for kids only. Adults who want to play may find their own peer groups in our Cretaceous Band or other adult ensembles.

Although we don’t accept absolute beginners into the band*, admission standards are designed to be inclusive. Violin, viola, and cello players need to be able to play Twinkle or an equivalent tune without stopping. Other instrumentalists should contact us to see if they are ready to join the band.

*We do accept absolute beginners who are taking lessons in our Fledgling String Band!

Summer Camp:

We also have a week-long summer camp each year.  Adults are encouraged to attend camp too!  You can learn about camp here.

Please contact us if you have questions!

Class  Bow-Dacious String Band
Instructor  Robin Kearton, Chris Petterson
Meeting Time Sundays, 4:00 to 6:00 or 4:30 to 6:30, depending on placement.
Dates  September 9 to December 9, 2018.

No class November 18.

Performances TBA.

Late registrations accepted.

Duration  12 weekly sessions.
Meeting Location  C4A Studios, Room 7 (upstairs)
Ages  6 – 18
SKILL LEVEL  Anyone who already plays a stringed instrument at an advanced beginner level or above. Other instruments by  consent. 
Cost  $150/semester.  Discounts may apply
Next Offering   Spring 2019