Rockygrass Instrument Contests
2019

Rockygrass Instrument Contests

Rockygrass Instrument Contests

Rockygrass Instrument Contests

The RockyGrass Music Competitions are traditional bluegrass competitions that began at the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival in 1973. Instrumentalists compete on flatpick guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, and fiddle to receive beautiful instruments and cash prizes.

The preliminary round is held in the Wildflower Pavilion on Friday and the final rounds are held on the RockyGrass main stage on Saturday morning for all to enjoy — with many of the finalists’ performances broadcast live on KGNU Boulder-Denver.

Registering for the Contest

Registration is open now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.

  • The entry fee is $15 per contest.
  • Since the contests are held inside the festival grounds, all contestants must have either a 3-day pass or single-day tickets for Friday (the preliminary round) and Saturday (finals on the main stage).

Prizes

1st Place:

New instrument (See below)

2nd Place:

$100

3rd Place:

$50


Rockygrass Instrument Contests

2019 Prize: Deering John Hartford 5-String Banjo

Deering’s American-made Hartford model banjo, designed and built for legendary banjoist/performer John Hartford, has the world-renownedDeering Grenadillo (wood) tone ring.

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Rockygrass Instrument Contests

2019 Prize: Preston Thompson D-MA Guitar

The Preston Thompson Dreadnought guitars are all crafted to produce the tone and volume that the dreadnought guitar was originally designed to achieve.

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Rockygrass Instrument Contests

2019 Prize: San Juan Mandolin F-5

Located in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado, luthier Bobby Wintringham specializes in making mandolin family instruments one at a time, with an emphasis on hand building and giving each instrument superior tone and playability while staying within the parameters of traditional mandolin design.

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Rockygrass Instrument Contests

2019 Prize: Beard Deco Phonic Model 57 Squareneck

This new series of resonator guitars crafted at the Paul Beard Mastershop in Maryland reflect the stylings of the Art Deco period in which the resonator guitar was originally developed.

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Rockygrass Instrument Contests

2019 Prize: Thomas Verdot Paragon Fiddle

Thomas Verdot studied violin construction with the late Karl Roy, former head of the violin making school in Mittenwald, Germany.

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Schedule

Rules & Guidelines

Scoring

2018 Winners