I am thrilled to announce that my student Michael placed 1st in Beginner Fiddle at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Festival this year! Michael won a cash prize, some fiddle swag and a trophy for his achievement. I couldn't be more proud of him! Michael was backed up by myself (guitar) and my partner James Klopfleisch, bassist for the Dustbowl Revival, who brought the party later in the afternoon. This was my first year participating in the festival and we will certainly be back again next year.