Glenville State College’s Bluegrass Band is making an appearance in Ripley.

Glenville State College’s Bluegrass Band is making an appearance in Ripley.

 Under the direction of associate professor Megan Darby, the dozen-member group will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 in the historic Alpine Theatre.

 Darby says the unique program at GSC is gaining national attention. It’s designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the music industry. That includes the areas of sound engineering, marketing and on-stage performances. 

 Completion of the four-year program results in a Bachelor of Arts degree. Glenville has been offering the degree for more than a decade.

 “We have been trying to bring them to the Alpine for several years,” said Mike Ruben, director of the Ripley Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This is a situation where the students are available and it’s a Saturday evening when the theatre had not been booked.

 “Bluegrass music definitely has a following in Jackson County,” he continued. “We hope this may lead to future performances.”

 For information, contact the CVB at 304-514-2609.