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Rich Myers Hosts Internet Bluegrass PresentationFor the last five years, Rich Myers, Beta Pi 69, has taught as a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Music School of Delaware (MSD), located in Wilmington, Delaware. This school was founded in 1924 and is the only statewide, accredited, community music school in the U.S.A. To fulfill its mission, MSD holds over 100 public performances, lectures, and seminars each year covering a wide variety of musical styles and genres.

                A successful lawyer by trade, brother Myers interest in music goes back many years. During his time at Penn, he often played guitar for his admiring fans at various venues in the Philadelphia area, particularly at Head House Square on 2nd Street.

                On behalf of MSD, brother Myers hosted a virtual event via ZOOM, on May 7, 2020, titled Bluegrass and Old Time Traditions: Where Did They Come From and Where Are They Going? Brother Myers’ lecture focused on the history of Bluegrass, starting with Bill Monroe in 1946. He explained that, in that era, people living in rural areas often did not have record players and/or radios. Their only source of musical entertainment was through live performances. The bands, during those early years of Bluegrass played simple arrangements conducive to dancing. The bands were comprised, for the most part, of a mandolin, guitar, banjo, upright bass, and fiddle. The musical arrangements separated Bluegrass from other musical genres.

                Despite decades of rising and declining popularity, Bluegrass retains the musical form that has not significantly changed through the years. Interspersed with brother Myers observations and commentary were audio clips and YouTube video/audio clips that helped clarify his explanation of Bluegrass arrangements, show that Bluegrass bands are comprised of excellent musicians, and illustrate his assertions that Bluegrass is just as good now as it has ever been.  

                The entire 74-year history of Bluegrass could not possibly be accomplished, and its music adequately explained, in one night. It is hoped that if brother Myers does any further Bluegrass presentations, he will invite all Beta Pi alumni far enough in advance that notification can be made through our monthly eletters. His presentation was informative, entertaining, and enthralling. Great job, Rich!