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 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.  Other instruments with instructor consent.

This band performs a lot–over 300 times since we started in 2003! 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.

You do not need to take private lessons to play in the band, but you do need to know how to play your instrument. 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.

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  Free trial dates:

February 3, 10, and 17, 2019

Spring semester:

January 20 – April 14, 2019.

No rehearsal March 17.

Snow day April 21.

Short summer session: 

May 5 – June 9, 2019.

Performances TBA.

Late registrations accepted.

Duration Spring semester: 12 weekly sessions

Short summer session: 6 weekly sessions

Meeting Location  C4A, Room 7 (upstairs)
Ages  6 – 18
Contact us if you are looking for a group experience for a younger child
SKILL LEVEL Bowed or plucked stringed instruments: advanced beginner level or above.

Flutes: need to know how to play their instrument

Keyboards: need to know note names, basic chords helpful but not required

Percussion: need to be able to keep a steady beat

Other instruments by  consent. 

Cost  Spring semester: $150

Short summer session: $75

 Discounts may apply

Contact us if you require financial assistance

Next Offering   Fall  2019