Keep on the Sunny Side of Life
- The Carter Family, traditional American folk music group

IBMA Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina

Glenville State College Bluegrass Band Records at Tom T. & Miss Dixie Hall's Studio
The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band's debut CD is now on sale in the bookstore

Founded over ten years ago by Fine Arts Chair John McKinney and West Virginia native and well-known musician Buddy Griffin, Glenville State College proudly offers the world’s first four year bachelor of arts degree in Bluegrass Music. The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band was a natural outgrowth of the Glenville State College Bluegrass Music Certificate Program, initiated in the Fall of 2002.

Flatts and Scruggs Bus
The Flatt & Scruggs old touring bus at
The Romp in Kentucky

bluegrass band We're serious about bluegrass
bluegrass band at grey fox NY At the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
in New York

On August 3, 2007, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved our plan for the Four Year Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bluegrass Music. The unique degree program thrives on the philosophies of preserving traditional bluegrass music. Students are immersed with legendary bluegrass music from artists such as; Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, The Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse, and many others.

Miss Dixie Hall receives award Program director Megan Darby,
Miss Dixie Hall, founder Buddy Griffin,
and first graduate Rebekah Long
granting honorary membership
in the GSC Bluegrass Band to
Miss Dixie and her husband
Tom T. Hall

The Fine Arts Faculty strives to produce students to learn and gain skills to become successful individuals in the related field. Students have a wide variety of opportunities such as; how to run and set a sound system, great ways to market your band, organizational skills for a successful bluegrass band, stage performance skills, and much more! Notable performances by the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band include the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, one of the longest running live radio broadcasts on WSM Radio in Nashville. The band has also performed at the World’s Famous Station Inn, John A’s Restaurant, WWWVA Wheeling Jamboree, and The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. The group also performs and demonstrates at many schools, fairs, festivals, weddings, and special occasions throughout the state of West Virginia.

The bluegrass program is currently under the direction of Glenville graduate, Mrs. Megan Darby. The bluegrass board of advisors includes a variety of legendary and respectful musicians; retired Director, Buddy Griffin, Jesse McReynolds, Mac Wiseman, Little Roy Lewis, Lance Leroy, Mac Samples, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and many others.

Jesse McReynolds
Members of the band with Jesse McReynolds after his
performance at "The Romp" bluegrass festival
in Owensboro, KY
band beside Ernest Tubb bus in Nashville, TN The band posing beside the Ernest Tubb show bus
in Nashville TN

The band consists of a core group of students who are enrolled in the certificate and/or degree programs, as well as other students who are invited or wish to participate in the group. Performance with the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band satisfies the students' ensemble requirements for the degree and certification. Both the bluegrass curriculum and the bluegrass band require auditions for admission.

recording session Learning about the recording industry with legendary songwriter
Tom T. Hall in Nashville, TN
band beside Ernest Tubb bus in Nashville, TN Recording session in Nashville, TN

If you are serious about pursuing a full-time career in bluegrass music, we suggest that you take a close look at our plan of study. What better place to study music of the mountains, than central West Virginia.

The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band may be booked for an engagement by calling 304-462-4130, x6347 or emailing us at

GSC Bluegrass Band

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