The Bow-Dacious String Band is more than a group of children playing guitar, violin, mandolin cello and banjo, director of the Urbana, Ill.-based ensemble Robin Kearton said at a concert in Chattanooga on Sunday: It's a community in progress.
"I have this philosophy that all the parts are important," Ms. Kearton said. "That's why we call ourselves a band and not a string orchestra."
Started in 2003, the group has about 50 musicians between the ages of 5 and 18 who meet every Sunday to perform a wide repertoire of world music, such as old-time blues, French, Cuban, classic rock and bluegrass.
They took their act on the road this week as part of a three-state tour, which included a stop in Atlanta for the National String Teachers Conference, where Ms. Kearton presented her method of uniting students at all ages and skill levels.