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2016 Bluegrass Cruise!5.6.15

Come cruise with Nothin' Fancy to the Bahamas - January 11 - 15, 2016 on Danny Stewart's Bluegrass Cruise - here's the link: Make sure you put Nothin' Fancy as "Who recommended you for this cruise" or "How did you find out about this cruise" so we get credit for your attendance! We are looking forward to having you join us and many other bands for some fun in the sun. Download and print the flyer registration HERE or visit the website for more details.
Nothin’ Fancy to be Initiated as Honorary Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha2.9.15
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the world’s oldest and largest music fraternity, has made it a mission to promote the best in music across America. Founded on October 6 in 1898, Phi Mu Alpha has dedicated itself to “the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit, the musical welfare and brotherhood of musical students, an advancement of music in America, and a loyalty to the Alma Mater,” according to the mission statement (referred to as the Object by brothers). In a 116-year history, it has been a major proponent of music education, research, performance, and composition. The list of famous Sinfonians reads like a who’s-who of influential musicians, educators, and entertainers of the 20th century: Aaron Copland, Arnold Schoenberg, “Duke” Ellington, Luciano Pavarotti, Pablo Casals, “Count” Basie, Van Cliburn, Fred Rogers, Burl Ives, and Andy Griffith were all Sinfonians (as brothers of Phi Mu Alpha refer to themselves), as were several notable public figures like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Dewey, Henry Steinway, George Eastman, and Fiorello LaGuardia. Three founding members of the rock band Chicago, Chuck Mangione, Ruben Studdard, Vic Firth, Col. John Bourgeois (ret.), Branford Marsalis, Leonard Slatkin, “Doc” Severinsen, Jamey Aebersold, and Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart are among the notable Sinfonians still living.

In a boldly new initiative of outreach towards uniquely American musical forms, the fraternity took a bold step in hiring a bluegrass band to play as part of opening festivities at their annual Leadership Institute in July of 2014. They hired Nothin’ Fancy, whose fiddle player, Chris Sexton, is a Sinfonian initiated at Shenandoah University’s Nu Psi chapter. Chris negotiated the terms of the performance with the national officials, and the performance was a huge hit with the fraternity brothers assembled at the Institute. Sinfonian string players joined with the band on the tune “Once Upon a Road,” and a musical union began.

Since that concert, Chris and the national leadership of the fraternity have made plans to bring forth a new era of outreach towards bringing musicians from more American genres of music together. On April 10, 2015, the men of Nothin’ Fancy will be initiated as honorary brothers of Phi Mu Alpha with all rights and privileges of brotherhood by the Gamma Alpha chapter at James Madison University with the blessings of the national leadership of the fraternity.

Said Sexton of the upcoming initiation, “My bandmates are very excited about the prospects of being brothers…For years I have considered Mike, Mitchell, and Tony my brothers, and Jesse has proven himself worthy of all traits that I look for in a brother of Phi Mu Alpha. I am filled with the joy of knowing that soon I can really count them as my family, and I will rejoice on the day that I can greet them with the truest of fraternal greetings, for two families will become one family. We will then go and represent Sinfonia the best way we know how: by bringing the power of our music and our entertainment to fans everywhere.”

Congratulations to Mike, Mitchell, Tony, and Jesse as they prepare for a new experience as brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia!