The Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble Page

All of our music is available to download. There will not be music passed out each practice for the students to bring home. Please bring the sheets to the practices that you have printed out from the web page below. Remember, if you play violin, you don't need to download the viola and cello parts. etc. 

Our songs for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year are 
Cripple Creek, Keep on the Sunny side, Shenandoah Valley Breakdown, 
Think of What You've done and Soldier's Joy. 
They can all be downloaded now here; BBYE downloads

The Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble open to all middle school and high school students in the greater Buffalo NY area. We are looking for students who play violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, five string banjo and dobro. 
We are meeting every first, third and fifth Monday of the month October through July at Wayside Presbyterian Church on the corner of Amsdell Rd and Route 5 in Hamburg NY from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. We are a free club. It costs nothing to belong!

We play music by Bluegrass pioneers like Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Ralph Stanley and Jimmy Martin. We also play music by newer bluegrass influenced artists like Nickel Creek, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Grateful Dead. Instrumentally our music choices include traditional Irish and American Fiddle music that has entered the mainstream of American string music. 

Melodies and sometimes harmonies will be given to students in standard notation and/or tablature but will be expected to be memorized for public performances. These melodies will be kept simple making them easy to memorize and leaving room for embellishments and improvisation as students get comfortable with them. 

Public performances may range from appearances in Farmers Markets, Fairs and appropriate museums. 

The group is run by former director of the Frontier Central Fiddlers, Mark Panfil. He is a retired public school music teacher, former member for the Music in the Schools committee and chairman of the Foundation for Bluegrass Music in the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). Read more about Mark and the IBMA online at

Please call or email if you are interested. 
Mark Panfil 716-867-4012