Competitions

OIBF invites YOU to compete this year!  Here are some previous winners. Visit our Youth Band and Youth Instrument Championship pages for all the rules and info you’ll need to prepare for the competition, sign up, and compete. 

(see Competition Registration & Contest Schedule at bottom of this page)

Byron Berline YOUTH INSTRUMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS.

2015 Youth Instrument Competition Winners on the Main Stage

2015 Youth Instrument Competition Winners on the Main Stage

$1,800 Total prize money for the six Youth Instrument Championship contests: Guitar, Mandolin, Resonator Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, and Upright Bass
On Saturday afternoon of the festival, the Byron Berline Youth Instrument Championship Contests are held for all Six of the Traditional Bluegrass Instruments in the Youth Tent. The young contestants are judged on their technical mastery of the Bluegrass instruments.

Registration for the Instrument Championships is between 9:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on the Saturday morning in the Youth Tent. The competition begins at 1:00 p.m. The performance level and enthusiasm of these youth musicians is impressive.

Youth Band Entrants, The Fiddlesticks: Abigail, Caroline, and Georgia Thomas

Youth Band Entrants, The Fiddlesticks: Abigail, Caroline, and Georgia Thomas

YOUTH BAND COMPETITION. Winners Take Home a Trophy And Get To Play On the Main Stage Saturday Evening!
On Saturday morning of the festival, a youth band competition is held in the Youth Tent. The youngsters are judged on their Bluegrass performance. The winners take home a trophy and get an opportunity to perform on the main stage prior to the Saturday evening performances.

Registration for the Youth Band Competition is between 9:00a.m. and 9:45 a.m. on the Saturday morning at the Youth Tent. The competition begins at 10:00 a.m. The audience is always well-entertained by the future stars of bluegrass music! Please plan on attending and supporting this competition. performance. Several of our Youth Bands have gone on to become touring bands! Competition is a great way to get started! The winners take home a trophy and get an opportunity to perform on the main stage prior to the Saturday evening performances.

Here are more of the talented young musicians who have competed at OIBF!

Byron Berline Awarding 2014 Youth Inst. Winners Prize $ on the Main Stage

(above) Byron Berline Awarding the 2014 Youth Instruments Winners their prizes on the Main Stage.

2014 Youth Band Winner, The Williamson Family Band, receiving their trophy from Competitions Chairman Ron Mashore. They got to play on the Main Stage Saturday afternoon!

(above) Youth Band Winner 2014, The Williamson Family Band, receiving their trophy from Competitions Chairman Ron Mashore.

Saturday, October 7th, 2017  
Registration:
9:00 am – 12:45 pm  Youth Instrument Championships Registration
9:00 am – 9:45 am    Youth Band Competition Registration
Competitions:
10:00 am – Noon     Youth Band Competition
1:00 pm                        Youth Instrument Competition

photo by Jill Heck