Awards & Recognitions

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North American Country Music Association Int'l

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

2003 "Little Jimmy Dempsey" Award for Outstanding Instrumentalist Achievement
2003-2005 Instrumentalist of the Year Bluegrass 
2004-2005 Band of the Year Bluegrass

The Illinois Arts Council

The Illinois Arts Council has presented me with seven Master/Apprenticeships and four Fellowship awards. I have been nominated for the National Heritage Award.

1996 - Master/Apprentice ~ teaching the hammered dulcimer
1996 - Fellowship Award
1998 - Master/Apprentice ~ building the hammered dulcimer
2000 - Fellowship Award
2002 - Master/Apprentice ~ teaching the hammered dulcimer
2004 - Fellowship Award
2004 & 2005 - Master/Apprentice ~ teaching the hammered dulcimer
1995 & 1999 - Nomination ~ National Heritage Award
1999 ~ 2005 - Artstour Member
2007 & 2008 - Master/Apprentice ~ teaching the hammered dulcimer
2013 - Master/Apprentice ~ teaching the hammered dulcimer

2014 - Master/Apprentice ~ teaching the hammered dulcimer

2014 - Fellowship Award

Illinois Country Music Association

1993 ~ Present - Bluegrass Band of the Year
2004 Pioneer Award - Life time award for accomplishments in music

Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame

2006 - Inducted into the Hall of Fame ~ Honoring those who have achieved national & international recognition for their achievement in the arts

Original Dulcimer Players Club

2010 ~ Lifetime Membership

HANDS of Illinois

2012 ~ Lifetime Achievement Award - Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival