Berklee College of Music in Boston has long been a leader in music education. They have also had a very innovative string program that also has majors in mandolin and banjo. Of course, this leads to many great student bluegrass bands, and this year we will present the best of this group. Under the leadership of Prof. David Hollender, Berklee Bluegrass Allstars will showcase the next generation of pickers.

These Berklee College of Music students and OctoPladd members are each accomplished instrumentalists in their own right, but together create a progressive bluegrass ensemble sound bigger than the sum of the parts – perhaps in an ideal world, all the band members would be wearing two plaid shirts at the same time – OctoPladd!

Ethan Setiawan (Mandolin)  Noah Harrington (Bass)  Sam Leslie (Guitar)  Julian Pinelli (Fiddle) and  Avery Merritt (fiddle)

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