The Sugarloaf String Band of Western Massachusetts
celebrates traditional cowboy tunes from the 1800 and 1900's. We perform for 5th grade elementary classes studying Westward Expansion and for general audiences wishing to channel their inner cowboy or cowgirl!
"The Sugarloaf String Band has performed for us, the past two years. The music they provide is very familiar and nostalgic. The band introduces the songs and offers audience participation. They have certainly become a mainstay in our "Music on the Common" Summer program," LuAnne Herrick, Montague Congregational Church
"Now that's what I call entertainment," Donald A. from South Deerfield Tilton Library 2016 concert.
"I loved all the songs you sang," Joan L. Whately Library 2016 performance.
We want you back next year. That's the largest crowd we've had," Whately Librarian Wendy
Our Western Expansion Show for Elementary Schools
With songs, paintings, and photographs, students take a "trail ride" through the golden years of the Cowboy Era. Let's discover who the cowboys were, what trail life was like, why cattle drives ended, and how the Texas cowboy became an American icon. Along the way, we'll meet Charles Goodnight, Annie Oakley, Charles Russell, and even Pecos Bill!
What the Teachers say:
"The art connection and mini biographies made it fun for the students. We felt like we were going back in time!,"
"The Students loved it!"
--Deerfield Elementary 5th grade teachers
The Sugarloaf String Band are: Becky Lang, Robert Lord, Robin Hoffman. Paul Allis, Suzanne Arnopolin, and David Pratt