Young Musician's Program
Medals for the Battle of the Bands the Young Performer will participate in at the year's Willfest.
Young Musician's Showcase - Will Mclean Festival
Laura Jo Julian
6438 Polk Street
New Port Richey, FL 34653
This year at the Will McLean Music Festival there will be a talented group of young performers from all over Florida, ranging in age from 11 to 21 years old, who will be performing on various stages and providing instruction at music workshops. In addition, on Saturday evening there will be an open mic type session (unplugged) and jam at Teen Turf where younger festival goers will have an opportunity to perform and share their songs with others.
Will McLean and his songs have been an important part of Florida’s cultural heritage and celebrate historic events, the beauty of our land and nature, stories about people and places, and the world we live in. To continue these traditions, young people are encouraged to become a part of Florida’s folk music community, and at Willfest they will have an opportunity to meet with other young performers, singers and musicians with similar interests who will be attending this festival.
If you know of young people or have kids of your own who may be interested in folk music and seeing live music performances by others their own age please let them know about the festival. Everyone is encouraged to bring their instruments and participate in the workshops and other music activities during the event. We’ll also have some extra instruments available if they want try something new, such as a banjo or a mandolin, at the workshops.
While many schools have excellent music programs they often do not include folk music in their curriculum. The Willfest workshops will introduce the songs and instruments used in folk music and help young singers and musicians who are already in music programs to improve their skills.
This year's festival has an incredible line up of both young performers and accomplished musicians leading workshops. The workshops are open to all ages and anyone with an interest in one, or more, of the workshop topics is strongly encouraged to attend.
Many of our workshop leaders have years of experience and are pursuing full time careers in music. They will provide new insights and creativity at all levels, and they will definitely provide a positive and fun workshop experience – don’t miss out on this opportunity.
musicians that are scheduled to perform this year