About Us
Wakarusa Jamboree

Wakarusa Jamboree
Wakarusa, Indiana

About us...

   History of the Wakarusa Bluegrass Jamboree

    A host of local musicians and bands gather together to pick, play and sing Bluegrass, Country and Gospel Music in an informal jam session from 6:30 p.m.to 9:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. If you are interested in participating in the entertainment, pre-register with the Emcee.

   The two House Bands of the Jamboree are:

  • Stephen Schmidt Family & First Love
  • Clyde Carr & The Hymn-Tymers

   The following Guest bands and soloists have appeared on stage at the Wakarusa Bluegrass Jamboree:

  • Audie Blaylock
  • The Balos Family
  • Tader Creek
  • Sherie McKinley
  • Jimmie Robbins/Michael Harding (The Country Music Show)
  • The Sullivans
  • The Martins
  • Maynard Mast & Due Process
  • The Gospel & Folk Weather Girls
  • The Royer Family
  • Ed Richie
  • The Anchors

    We are extremely proud of the Jamboree’s young musicians... 20 year old Christian Freeze plays guitar and sings. 17 year old J.D. Hall singing & playing His guitar and fiddle. Also we have Stephen Schmidt, age 17 and his sister Sarah age 19 playing instruments and singing.

   On March 19, 2014 the Jamboree lost one of its long time Christian friends and fellow musicians. Ethan Shelton passed away at the age of 110. Ethan loved the Lord, bluegrass, and Gospel music and entertained us for many years with His ukulele and harminica playing and His fancy dance steps. We all remember the wonderful times we had with Him. We will miss Ethan very much, but are sure all Heaven rejoiced as they welcomed Him home. Ethan was an inspiration to us all.

On June 12 2018. We lost another of our beloved members. Bob Johnson, passed away at the age of 99. Bob will best be remembered for for His special harmonica rendition of "Amazing Grace" and His Love for the song "Jambalaya". Bob's witnessing for the Lord was second to none. As with Ethan we will miss Bob very much as He too was an Inspiration to us all'

In Wonderful Fond Memories of Our Departed Musicians & Singers

  • Weldon L. Yoder    August, 2004
  • Rodney A. Zehr      November, 2004
  • Lloyd L. Miller        August, 2007
  • John Miller             September, 2009
  • Paul Goon             September, 2013
  • Wilbur Laster         November, 2013
  • Ethan Shelton        March, 2014
  • Bill Pullum             September, 2014
  • Floyd Benninghoff November, 2016
  • David W. Miller    February, 2017
  • Jim Carter             August, 2017
  • Mary "Cathy" Pleasant       May 2018
  • Robert "Bob" Johnson        June 2018

In Memory of Departed Family & Friends

  • Mrs. Isabelle (Harry) Beecher - July 2006
  • Mr. Mel Schrock - October 2006
  • Mrs. Verbie (Lloyd) Miller - September 2007
  • Mrs. Sandy (Jim) Clark - February 2008
  • Mrs. Eva (Bill) Pullum - April 2008
  • Mrs. Dolly (Ed) Tom - November 2008
  • JoAnn Andrews - December 2009
  • Robert (Bob) Miller - August 2010
  • Jeanie (Shelton) Marston - January 2011
  • Freda Helmuth - March 2011
  • Amy Lynn (Jeffers) Douglas -November 2011
  • Donna David Heiser (Windall) Fisher - February 2012
  • Isreal (Wickey) Yoder - April 2012
  • Gloria (Jake) Taylor - May 2012
  • Therise (Beechler) Wolfe - July 2012
  • Rev. Ron Dixon - June 2013
  • Emil Manula - December 2013
  • Keith Riffell - May 2014
  • Mrs Barbara (Bob) - Johnson - December 2014
  • Norvin R.Carr - September 2016
  • Michial P. Thompson II - February 2017
  • Harold Whiting - May 2017
  • Kenny Stutzman - August 2017

 Donations are accepted…to help defray the expenses.
Excess proceeds will be donated to charity

  ***Special Thanks to the following individuals for their assistance, at the Jamboree.***

Sound System *** Cory Martin & Family *** Irvin Eby
Refreshments *** Kathryn Martin *** Sherlyn Martin *** Mable Eby
***Jamboree Pastor Dwaine Swartzentruber***

    The Wakarusa Bluegrass Jamboree Steering Committee

  • Jim Kizer
  • Stephen Schmidt
  • Lois Loucks
  • Don Boyer
  • Ruthann Schrock

COUNTRY ROCKS BUT BLUEGRASS RULES!

Ya’ll Come See Us, Hear!