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Sara Murphy was born in Los Angeles, California in 1996.  She took up the violin at the age of 6 and studies the fiddle with Richard Greene.  She placed first in advanced fiddle at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest in 2010.  Sara also studies classical violin with Sara Behar at Boulevard Music in Culver City and has played with the South Bay Youth Orchestra.  She is an active member of the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) at Culver City High School.     

Kyle Murphy was born in Kennewick, Washington in 1992.  He began playing violin at the age of 7 and took up the mandolin at the age of 10.  He has studied fiddle with Richard Greene and Mandolin with Bob Applebaum and Adam Steffey. Kyle has placed first in beginning fiddle (2003), intermediate fiddle (2006), and advanced fiddle (2009) at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest.  Currently Kyle is a student at East Tennessee State University where he is mathematics major with a minor in the bluegrass music program.  Kyle was an instructor of bluegrass mandolin this year (2012) at Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp.

Jim Murphy was born in Los Angeles, California.  He began learning the guitar in high school and became interested in old time and bluegrass music while attending college in upstate New York.  Since that time he has performed in a number of old time and bluegrass bands in the northeast and in the west.  Most recently he has played with the Badger Mountain Dry Band (Richland, WA) and the Spike Drivers (Los Angeles, CA).  Jim has a Ph.D.  in physical chemistry and is a chemistry professor at Santa Monica College.

Doug Davis originally hails from Richmond, Virginia and has played banjo, guitar and bass with various groups over the years, including "Blue Light Special" of Traverse City, Michigan, and the "Spikedrivers" in L.A. His banjo playing is inspired by Larry McNeely and Dennis Caplinger, and he's a first place winner in the bluegrass banjo category at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest. Doug is an award-winning cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer, and he lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Jean.

Paula Lane was born in Jacksonville, Florida, She became interested in bluegrass music after moving to Southern California in 1978.  Her first exposure to the music was The Dillards and The Seldom Scene. Mike Auldridge’s playing inspired her to learn resonator guitar. She bought a “Dobro”  for a Christmas present in 1984 and decided that this was the instrument she was meant to play.  She is greatly influenced by the music of Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Gillian Welch, Lynn Morris, Alison Krauss and many others. She has played with several bands, including bluegrass bands, “High Cotton”, “Girls with Guitars”, “Misbehavin” and “This Just In!”. She has also done recording for movie soundtracks.  Her hobbies include photography, cooking, birdwatching and genealogy. She also has a business doing photo restoration.   She lives in Lakewood, Ca. with her husband, Dwayne.

Bill Knopf has been an integral part of the Southern California bluegrass scene for more than four decades.  Bill is originally from Fresno, California and upon graduation from UCLA with a BA in music became a professional banjo player, performing with a number of popular local bands such as “Hot Off The Press” and “Crossroads”.  In addition, he has been a performer in Doc Severinsen’s touring “Las Vegas” show and his banjo playing has been featured on television shows such as “The Dukes of Hazard” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”.  He is a popular banjo teacher and has authored several instructional books on the banjo, guitar and the dobro.  Bill currently performs with a number of well known local musicians including Tom Corbett and Phil Salazar.