The Flying Musicians Association, Inc. will land at several well-known music venues this spring: MerleFest in April and the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas in May/June. Both are well-established, with more than 70,000 patrons, association officials said. In addition, the association has committed to attend the Cowtown Warbird Roundup in Fort Worth, May 22-23, and the DFW Summer Balloon Classic & Airfest, June 11-13.
MerleFest, in Wilkesboro, N.C., is an annual celebration of the traditonal music of the Appalachian Region plus whatever additional styles the attendees are in the mood for. The Flying Musicians are teaming up with the Wilkes Flying Club to establish a new venue by creating a campground at the Wilkes County Airport from April 25 through May 2. Primitive camping is available with a main canopy/tent for refreshments, socializing, hangar chat and, of course, jamming. Shuttle service to the festival grounds will be provided. Camping and services are free to FMA members; others will be charged a nominal fee consistent with other camping venues during the festival.
The Flying Musicians Association took off in 2009 by blending two passions: flying and music. It was founded by two pilot/musicians, John Zapp and Aileen Hummel, who have made it their quest to encourage, promote, educate and support these two passions. The mission of the organization: “Pilot Musicians sharing their passion while encouraging and educating youth in the science and art of aeronautics and music.”
For more information: FlyingMusicians.org or 817-201-9654.