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2015 NIBA Officers & Board of Directors

· President:           Tom Gerber     (815-312-3964)


· Vice President:    Kim Kraemer    (312-730-7469)


· Treasurer:           Cindy Kline      (224-569-6210)                     

· Secretary:           Mary Krasko    (815-879-2414)                


Board Members

Jim Berkland            630-479-6610

Bill Fulton                818-673-8694

Joyce Kraemer

Rich Krasko             815-879-2414 

Ray Ward                 815-732-4641




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Ray Rose's Memorial


A Military Honor Tribute and a celebration with food, music and drinks was held on Sunday, February 12th. The honor guard, music, food and drinks were at Charlie's II Bar & Grill located at the corner of Market and Carroll Streets in Mount Carroll.


Prayers and homily were led by Chris Kolupa at Ray Rose's memorial and Forrest Rische was master of ceremonies for the celebration of Ray's life.......










Dates to Remember:


Apr 29 : NIBA Scholarship Jam


Jun 3 : NIBA Festival, Lyon Farm


Jun 17 : Mendota Railroad Xing Days


Sept 17 : NIBA Picnic, Illini State Park


Dec 2 : NIBA Christmas Party,

Harding Community Center




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The 57th Grammy Awards Winners!



NIBA Scholarship Details!



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Palatka Bluegrass Festival


    Joyce and I attended the 2017 February Palatka Bluegrass Festival this last weekend. What a gas!


    The outstanding bands that performed were as follows: Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle and Jerry Sally, Jerry Doran & the Bluegrass Revolution, Penny Creek Band, The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Feller & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos, The Del McCoury Band, Deeper Shade of Blue, The Spinney Brothers, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Nothin' Fancy, The Gibson Brothers, Daily & Vincent, The Gary Waldrop Band, Balsam Range, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and Daryle Singletary.


    The weather was mostly warm, though one night it got down to 30s and it was cold! We were wrapped in layers of sweater/coats and blankets.


    As Tom mentioned, there was a representation of Illinois folk: Glen & Audrey Carlson, Dr. Tom, Tom & Rose, and Joyce & I. There were likely others there as well since the audience was very large. 


We performed on the open stage 2 separate days as ‘Northern Illinois Bluegrass’. On our first performance we had Tom, Glen and I.



    We picked up a bass player on day 2 and in our set we sang ‘Let’s Talk Dirty in Hawaiian’.  Afterwards the bass player says with a smile ‘You know I’m a preacher, don’t you?’ I did not.



 Kim Kraemer

NIBA VP, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster,

and chief bottle washer





Text Box: A Note from your Pres

I would like to thank Bob Bernero for his many years of an active membership in our organization. Bob was the one behind the scene that made sure that you got your printed newsletter every month. 

I also welcome new board member Bill Fulton. 
Thank all of you that voted for the board members and I hope that in the future we get even more participation in our elections.

Since our scholarship program was so successful we are continuing it again. Look for news that we should have a jam about the last week of April.

Let’s keep up the jams. I know the weather does not cooperate some times, but let’s get out all the times that we can.

We have lost a couple members this last month. Keep them and all the shut-in’s in your thoughts and prayers.

That’s about all for now. See you in the spring.
From sunny Florida, 

Your President,  Tom Gerber



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