Clarification about Lincoln Center
Friday night jams.
There has been some recent
inaccurate reporting about the status of the
Yellowstone Bluegrass Association jams held at the
Lincoln center on Friday evenings. I want to clarify
First, the Lincoln Center has
NOT asked us to suspend the jams on Friday evenings.
The changes at Lincoln are security issues. Lincoln
center has required that everyone using the center
at night must use only the northwest door and will
be “buzzed in” by security. Additionally, the latest
anyone will be allowed to enter the building will be
7:15 PM. Currently, a Friday night class is being
held in the music room that concludes at 7:15 PM.
That does not mean that people cannot enter the
building and politely and quietly wait until that
class concludes before the jam begins.
Unfortunately, increased security in public
buildings has become the norm in today’s society we
will just have to conform to it.
The statement that “no similar
group holds weekly jams in which most all members
participate although some smaller jams do occur” is
simply inaccurate. The Billings Community Band
practices in the music room every Wednesday evening
from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and that group is much
larger than our average jam attendance. They must
also adhere to the new security rules as well.
The meeting of the board of
directors discussed the current state of affairs
with the Lincoln Center and determined to research
and clarify just what our status with that
institution actually is as well as researching
alternatives IF the center becomes unavailable to
us. To repeat, as of this time, NO ONE except the
author of the erroneous report has determined that
the jams will be suspended any time soon. The
statement that “THIS IS THE FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN
FOR JAMS IN THE LINCOLN BUILDING.” is completely
conjecture on the part of the author and at this
time as there is neither a nail nor a coffin.
If there are any changes
concerning the Lincoln Center jams or any other
items concerning the Yellowstone Bluegrass
Association, don’t rely on blogs or other
non-official sources for your information. Contact a
board member or officer if you have any questions.
Further information will be
issued using appropriate sources if any conditions