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2017 NIBA Officers & Board of Directors

· President:           Kim Kraemer    (815-383-9329)


· Vice President:  Tom Gerber      (815-312-3964)


· Treasurer:           Cindy Kline      (224-569-6210)                     

· Secretary:           Mary Krasko    (815-879-2414)                


Board Members

Jim Berkland            630-479-6610

Dave Erickson          630-746-1445

Joyce Kraemer          630 852-8088

Rich Krasko             815-879-2414 

Ted Seed                 815-246-6333





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Text Box: A Note from the Prez

Greetings Bluegrassers!

    Cindy Cline has decided to step down as NIBA Treasurer/membership processor in July. Cindy has been doing this job for the past 16 years! Cindy, thank you so very much for all you have done  for the NIBA.

    Given Cindy’s decision, we are looking for a new Treasurer. Please contact Kim Kraemer (815 383-9329) or send an email to if you are a CPA and are willing to help. We need to have a replacement by July.

    I hope everyone enjoyed this year’s NIBA Bluegrass Festival. We had 9 amazing band performances with The Special Consensus topping off the event! As well the 4 most excellent workshops!

    Unfortunately attendance did not meet expectations.  I have a feeling the new stupid weather forecasting system scared people away even though the weather was perfect.  

    Please provide feedback about the festival or why you did not attend to a board member and/or email to . We would like to know how to increase attendance next year. 

    If you did not attend, what would convince you to attend?

Kim Kraemer
President, NIBA

"Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any other music in the world.  You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year."   

Bill Monroe 

Hello Bluegrass Enthusiasts!

NIBA Key Dates to Remember


  Sep 22 : NIBA Picnic – Illini State Park

  Dec 15 : NIBA Christmas Party – Sugar Grove

Other Key Dates


  7/13-14 Frankfort Bluegrass Festival

  8/22-24 Two Rivers Jam, Harrison

  8/31 Chet Kingery Memorial Festival, Arthur

  9/27-28 Hertiage Bluegrass Festival, Bloomington





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