2014 Music Competitions

Once again, instrumentalists and bands from around the country will take part in the nationally recognized RockyGrass band and instrument contests, vying for beautiful instruments, cash prizes, and well-deserved recognition.

2014 RockyGrass Band Competition

Bands perform around a single microphone in the Wildflower Pavilion on Saturday and finals take place Sunday morning in the Wildflower Pavilion. Awards include an invitation to play a set at the 2014 Festival, cash prizes, and more...

2014 Band Contest Registration

2009 Band Contest Finalists
2009 Band Contest Finalists
(photo Benko Photographics)

2014 Band Competition Rules

2008 Band Contest winners The High 48s
2008 Band Contest winners The High 48s
(photo Benko Photographics)

Bands Score in These Categories

Band Competition Prizes

2014 Band Competition Schedule

2013 Band Contest Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists in the RockyGrass band contests:


2014 Instrument Contests

2013 Instrument Contest Winners (photo Benko Photographics)
2013 Instrument Contest Winners
(photo Benko Photographics)

The RockyGrass Music Competitions are traditional bluegrass competitions that began at the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival in 1973. Instrumentalists compete on flatpick guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, and fiddle to receive beautiful instruments and cash prizes. The preliminary round is held in the Wildflower Pavilion on Friday and the final rounds are held on the RockyGrass main stage on Saturday morning for all to enjoy - with many of the finalists' performances broadcast live on KGNU Boulder-Denver.

2014 Contest Registration

Registration for each of the 2014 instrument contests is open now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. The registration fee of $15 is fully refundable if canceled prior to March 28, 2014.

RockyGrass Instrument Contest Rules

Pickers & Fiddlers Score in the Following Categories

2013 Contest Winners

Congratulations to all the finalists in the 2013 RockyGrass instrument contests:

2013 RockyGrass Instrument Contest Prizes

Immediately after the final rounds on the main stage, the winner of each contest was awarded one of these finely crafted new instruments. Watch for the announcement of the 2014 instrument contest prizes later this winter.

Deering Eagle II Banjo
The Eagle II banjo is a whole new breed of banjo. It features the ground breaking, patent pending Twenty-Ten Tone Ring which is a completely original Deering design that is unlike any other traditional tone ring. It produces a high quality sound that is versatile for many styles of playing. While the sound is uniquely Eagle, it represents a refinement in the quality of banjo tone, something that allows the player to soar to new heights. It is perfect for the player who wants a professional quality banjo that he can use for playing many styles of music. Our newest and most affordable professional grade resonator 5-string banjo. Top
Gibson Advanced Jumbo Guitar
First built in 1936, the "AJ" or "Bonecrusher" is one of the most sought after Gibson acoustic guitars on the Vintage market. Originally referred to by Gibson in the 1930's as "the original acoustic cannon", Gibson Acoustic Guitars have been hand built in Bozeman, Montana since 1989. A small quantity of AJ's are built each year and offered through a small select subset of Global Gibson dealers, including a recent limited edition Randy Scruggs AJ. The design features a booming low end, coupled with a brilliant treble response. Unique in Gibson design, the AJ is built around a 16" Slope Shoulder Jumbo body, [more...] "Advanced" bracing (a revolutionary open X brace pattern), 25 ∏" scale, select Indian Rosewood back and sides, Sitka Spruce top, and a Genuine Mahogany neck. As are all Gibson products, the finish is nitrocellulose lacquer applied in a Vintage Sunburst pattern [less...] Top
Gibson Sam Bush Signature Model F-5 Mandolin
Gibson is proud to present the only Sam Bush Signature Model Mandolin built in 2012-2013 to the winner of the RockyGrass mandolin contest. This handsome instrument features the most select figured maple back, sides, and neck. The top is select spruce, and it has an accurate '20s dovetail neck joint. The neck is unfinished on its back, and has the chunky profile of the late '30s. Its ebony fingerboard has mother-of-pearl block inlays, and string spacing is set to Sam Bush's specs. Finished in hand-rubbed nitrocellulose lacquer and sandblasted gold-plated hardware. The tailpiece sports Sam's signature. Top
Rayco Resophonics
Canadian resophonic guitar builder Rayco is proud to present this specially-built instrument for the RockyGrass dobro contest. The instrument is constructed from premium quilted maple with a natural finish. Built at a medium body depth for maximum projection, the guitar is huge sounding with plenty of punch and focused bottom end. It has cocobolo bindings, mop dot inlays, Scheerhorn cone, Gotoh Cosmo Black tuners, removable palm rest and deluxe freeboard extension. Founded in 2002, Rayco Resophonics has grown from part-time basement hobby to a world-renowned full-time venture based in Smithers, [more...] British Columbia. With their mission of building instruments to excite and inspire musicians with beautiful sounding & visually stunning instruments that will satisfy a lifetime of enjoyment, Rayco Resophonics are played by many top players including: Rob Ickes, Jerry Douglas, Todd Livingston, Nick Forster, Randy Kohrs, and Ivan Rosenberg. [less...] Top
The 2nd place finisher on each instrument will receive a check for $100 and the 3rd place finisher on each instrument will receive a check for $50. All 3 finalists on each instrument will also receive a commemorative RockyGrass Instrument Contest award ribbon.