Hi, I am currently one of the core bards (violin) for the Spoony Bards http://www.spoonybards.com
currently. Unfortunately, we are mostly based in the midwest, Chicago and St. Louis specifically, so plane tickets really hurt our wallets. Most of the work in the bards is played by ear on the spot.
Lucky enough for me, I plan on attending NDK this year. I felt lonely last NDK and I did not have an instrument on hand.
I have been playing violin since I was nine, I am now nearly 20. All years excluding this last year I have been under formal private lessons. I used to teach beginning and intermediate violin/viola lessons.
My experience goes from Edwardsville middle school orchestra (Violin I/II and String Bass) through Edwardsville High School Orchestra (Violin I/II, Viola, and String Bass), and awhile in Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville orchestra (Violin).
I have experience being a leader-first chair, but I really do not care what I play. As long as I am playing something, I'm happy. Hence why I shifted around my high school orchestra playing pretty much everything but cello to help out whatever section.
Competed and never placed anything below a first placement in all of the all-district competitions, qualified for All-State in high school. I do not consider myself a child prodigy, I used to practice a lot, there are billions of people that are thousands of times better than I will ever be, I know because I was lucky enough to have a few of them in the orchestras I have played in.
My weaknesses in performance: Poor memory, if not well practiced then I suffer from the usual stage fright.
I have performed in many chamber groups, weddings, etc.
I would love to play violin for you guys to keep me occupied at NDK if you want me. If your group is in need, I can play viola, although I will have to borrow one from my former conductor. I technically could play string bass, but there is absolutley no way I am going to lug one on a plane from St. Louis. ^-^
Currently, my fellow SBard member Jer (keyboard and melodica) wants to also attend, but he is looking into prices and whatnot before he formally announces he will come.
I look forward to hearing back from your group. Sounds fun.