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Bruce Baumann and Andrew DeVore
2016 master artist and apprentice
Remus (Mecosta County) and Alma (Gratiot County)
Old time fiddle

Bruce Bauman is a lower Michigan native who settled in Remus, Michigan, after college in 1972. Bruce helped found the Wheatland Music Organization (WMO) in 1974 with, among others, 2016 MHA awardees the Costabella Cloggers. The Wheatland Music Festival, produced by their organization, will celebrate its forty-third anniversary in 2016. He is also one of the founders of the Earful of Fiddle Music and Dance Camp in Mecosta, Michigan. Bruce picked up fiddle playing in 1974 and, although through his work with the festival he has come in contact with traditional music from around the globe, he prefers to play music of Appalachia, the British Isles, and the Midwest. Aside from teaching and organizing, Bruce can be found performing and playing for dances with multiple bands, including The Rhythm Billies and The Palooka Brothers.  His nearly forty years of experience have left him with a vast repertoire and an ability to teach and perform with ease.

Bruce met apprentice Andrew DeVore through the WMO community. Andrew began attending Wheat Scouts at age five, and has not missed a Wheatland festival in the last thirteen years. He has attended the last six Earful of Fiddle Camps and takes regular lessons from Bruce outside of the festival season. He is excited to improve his technique, repertoire, and historical knowledge of the tradition through this focused apprenticeship.

-Micah Ling

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