The Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble is an instrumental and vocal band created to provide a challenging and creative environment for students to develop material with the feel and structure of bluegrass music. The ensemble draws mainly from traditional sources, including Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and the Stanley Brothers.

Ada Bowles started playing the mandolin two years ago, but has been playing music most of her life! Inspired by the music of Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, and Bob Dylan, Ada is thrilled to be performing at the Meltdown.

Ethan Hall is a junior music major at Colorado College, hailing from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He is a primarily self-taught musician who started guitar as a freshman in high school and started bass soon after. Ethan loves to skateboard and snowboard. He got into bluegrass in college because of the community surrounding it at Colorado College and his love for Irish music. He has been playing upright bass since last June.

Charles Hall is an International Political Economy Major from Connecticut. When he is not playing banjo, he enjoys fly fishing and hanging out with friends.

Camille Newsom is a fiddle player from Boston, Massachusettes. Camille grew up studying classical violin and Scottish fiddle styles, before entering the world of bluegrass at Colorado College. Camille’s primary inspirations are Tim Crouch and Stuart Duncan.

Hub Hejna is a junior and plays guitar for the CC Bluegrass Program. He is from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and started playing electric guitar in high school before meeting Keith and getting into bluegrass at Colorado College. Some of Hub’s influences are Doc Watson and John Prine.

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