In September 2016, they were honored to provide a day of workshops, and then perform with the 225 piece Fairmont Youth Orchestras in Kettering, OH, as shown in the above video. The video shot and edited by youth, and the band was interviewed by young people in Kettering for a local TV show.
"Hats off to Monroeville for making this investment in young potential bluegrass pickers and/or fans. They are surely not the first to do so, but there can be no doubt that younger bands can make a different sort of connection with schoolagers than can wizened pros." ~ John Lawless, Bluegrass Today
THE RC FOUNDATION
The Rustic Cow Foundation is a not-for-profit organization set up for the purpose of providing free or low-cost music and performance-art related shows and educational events in Newport and Cocke County, TN.
Based out of The Rustic Cow Ice Cream Eatery and Cow Cafe, The RC Foundation is set up to grow, headquarter and produce these programs.
Monroeville is proud to be able to partner with The RC Foundation. Matt Munsey and generations of his family are from Newport, TN, and Matt serves on the board of directors.
The RC Foundation wishes to inspire the young, and young-at-heart in Newport and Cocke County, TN through music and the performance arts starting with hospitality in the ice cream eatery and coffee shops - in an atmosphere where we offer a space in which everyone can gather, inspire and encourage each other, and be a part of our family in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.
Because....ice cream (and music) doesn't discriminate.
ROCK-BLUEGRASS ORCHESTRA EVENTS
From the beginning, Monroeville has been asked to perform for schools across the United States. With their unique ability to connect to young people, creating their own "genreless" music with a unique sound, Monroeville has been asked to work with many schools, not-for-profits and school orchestra programs to perform workshop series that encourage youth through the power of music.
In 2012, Monroeville was featured by The Downtown Bentonville Association in cooperation with Walmart, the I'll Fly Away Foundation and Gibson, where Monroeville performed at two schools in Bentonville, AR, providing workshops and concerts for kids, giving away two guitars, then performing several private events for organizations in the town. In 2013 The International Bluegrass Music Museum featured the band for two weeks performing for 24 schools in Owensboro, KY, providing workshops and performances for thousands, inspiring ages from elementary to high school.
In 2016, realizing the new project had songs that could focus on orchestration, Monroeville scored selected songs, and has music available for orchestras from youth to philharmonics.