The Wimberley Bluegrass Band

The Wimberley Bluegrass Band

Ever wonder what it would be like to be in a band with your siblings?
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Ever wonder what it would be like to be in a band with your siblings?  Perhaps you dreamt about it long ago.  These four siblings realized that dream.  The Wimberley Bluegrass Band is comprised of four juniors, all siblings, at Chapman University.  

  • Danielle, the sister, is 21 years-old studying Business Administration.  She plays the mandolin and is a vocalist. 
  • Mark and James are 19 year-old twins studying Mathematics and Computer Information Systems, respectively.  They both are vocalists.  Mark plays the banjo and James plays the guitar. 
  • Michael is the youngest sibling, 16 years old, studying Strategic and Corporate Communications.  He plays the fiddle and is the lead vocalist. 

I had no idea that these talented peers studied among me until one morning when they joined my classmate Michael in our Intercultural Communication class to perform a mini concert.  

James, Danielle, Michael, Mark 

How did the Wimberley Bluegrass Band get started?  As Michael says, Bluegrass music is "true and uniquely American music.  The songs are real life and come from the heart".  These self-taught musicians begged their parents for instruments for Christmas of 2006.  They learned to play their instruments by going to jams and continuing to listen to their favorite bluegrass artists.  They enjoy playing together and are often asked if they practice a lot to which they reply no.  Danielle says "we play a lot!  It's technically the same thing, but playing is more fun than practicing." 

They have played a variety of gigs across the United States and were even named one of the "Best Local Bluegrass Bands in LA" by CBS.  Mark says his favorite gig was the Big Bear Bluegrass Festival in 2012 where the Wimberley Bluegrass Band headlined and got to be in the annual parade.  James' favorite gig was at The Row in Nashville, Tennessee last June- one of the band's first gigs in Nashville.   

Where to go from here?  It was exciting to hear their music in such an intimate setting.  I was caught off guard by how impressive they sound.  I had never listened to Bluegrass before and the Wimberley Bluegrass Band opened my eyes.  As individuals, they each want to earn their Bachelor's degree.  As a band, their goals are to keep Bluegrass alive playing for people who have yet to hear it, travel with the band around the United States playing music for a living, play at the Grand Ole Opry, and make this passion a career. 

Keep your eyes peeled for Danielle, James, Mark, and Michael.  You might even have a class with one of them!  I encouraged you to listen to a track of theirs (you can listen to their Chapman Radio show on Thursdays at 8am) and even visit them at one of their upcoming events:

  • October 25 Riley's at Los Rios Rancho, Oak Glen
  • November 1 Riley's at Los Rios Rancho, Oak Glen
  • November 6 Harvest Orange County, Irvine
  • November 8 Orange Home Grown Farmers and Artisans Market, Orange 

College is all about trying new things so why not take a listen to Bluegrass music?  You might find out you like it.  If you're interested in learning more about the Wimberley Bluegrass Band, check out their website here.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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