The Saline Fiddlers, one of America's premier youth fiddling show bands, will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium at Davis & Elkins College.
Since 1994, the Saline Fiddlers group has astounded audiences every time it takes the stage. The members present an energetic, polished stage show that includes music, song and dance from the traditions of American folk fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing and Celtic music.
The Saline Fiddlers have set the standard for extracurricular music programs in the United States. The group began with a simple idea: introduce an alternative style of music education to public school students. It has grown into a model of instruction and motivation that is being emulated across the nation. It is also a brilliant example of what young adults can and will achieve if given a direction and the opportunity to explore and pursue their own interests.
The performers, all students at Saline High School in Saline, Mich., earn their places through competitive auditions based on musical ability and personal integrity. Each Fiddler members balances academics, sports, school organizations, church activities, jobs and social lives with this demanding commitment to music.
The Saline Fiddlers' history includes more than 1,000 performances all over the United States and several foreign countries. The group has been honored to perform three times at the White House and twice on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, as well as at the state of Michigan's Presidential Inaugural Ball in January 2001.
The Saline Fiddlers is a nonprofit music education and performance organization. Supported by hours of volunteer labor, donations from fans and sponsors, sales of recordings and fees for performing, the Fiddlers members also provide community service by means of music in and around their hometown.
The special Saline Fiddlers performance is part of the opening of the 2012 Governor's School for the Arts summer session, which begins Wednesday at Davis & Elkins College. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 304-637-1243.