The Coon Holler Kids are the showcase group of the Coon Holler Music Studio in Clinton, Indiana. Coon Holler Music offers lessons and performance opportunities to musicians of all ages who are dedicated to keeping the spirit of traditional bluegrass alive for the next generation and beyond. Visit Our Story page to learn more about The Coon Holler Kids and the many other talented Coon Holler Music groups.

Coon Holler students help earn their school bands winning titles! 

Congratulations to these Coon Holler students for helping their competition marching bands bring home winning titles for the 2018 season! 

The South Vermillion Marching Wildcats of Clinton brought home a huge win with 1st place at the ISSMC State Competition for Scholastic Class B in Indiana. The Marching Wildcats were one of nineteen bands throughout the state who qualified for the state competition.  Coon Holler students Sarah Davis, Aiden Halterman, Mya Taylor, and Eli Taylor are all members of the SV Marching Wildcats.  For marching band, Sarah and Eli play percussion, Mya plays the mellophone, and Aiden is the drum major. Sarah, Aiden, and Eli are high school sophomores.  Mya is in 7th grade and one of a select few middle school students who play with the high school band.  The Marching Wildcats will be traveling to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy on November 3rd for an exhibition performance and awards presentation.

Just across the state line, the Paris High School Marching Tigers participated in the Illinois Marching Band Championships and brought home a 2nd place trophy for the Class 2A division, along with caption awards for Best Music and Best General Effect.  Coon Holler student, Alayna Whitkanack, plays electric bass and electric acoustic guitar for this year's band competition routine. Former Coon Holler student, Shayleigh Cline, is one of the drum majors for the Paris Marching Tigers.

Congratulations and way to go, kids! We are proud of you!

From left:  Sarah Davis (Coon Holler Kids), Mya Taylor (Cripple Creek Kids), Eli Taylor (Coon Holler Kids), and Aiden Halterman (Coon Holler Kids) are all smiles after winning the state championship title with their awesome team, The South Vermillion Marching Wildcats!

Coon Holler Kid, Aiden Halterman, is the drum major for the Marching Wildcats.  He proudly holds the state finals participation trophy alongside Jeff Winchester, percussion leader and assistant coach, and Erika Stepp, band director. They will be presented with their state championship award on November 3rd at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, during the Open Class State Finals. The Marching Wildcats will also perform their winning routine as an opening act for the competition program on November 3rd.

Coon Holler Kid, Alayna Whitkanack, plays electric bass during part of the Paris High School's Marching Tiger's competition routine, which featured a "Day of the Dead" theme.

Former Coon Holler Kid, Shayleigh Cline (left), is one of the PHS Marching Tigers drum majors and helps display awards earned at the Illinois Marching Band Championships held at Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Way to go Sarah, Aiden, Eli, and the entire South Vermillion High Marching Band! 

We are very proud of Coon Holler Kids, Sarah Davis, Aiden Halterman, & Eli Taylor, for their hard work and talent that helped South Vermillion High School Marching Band bring home a big win from their first invitational of the season in Brownsburg, Ind. Their marching band routine featured music and scenes from Westside Story. Sarah and Eli play percussion and Aiden plays baritone sax, but one portion of the routine features them as a string trio, with Sarah and Eli on violin and Aiden on upright bass. (See video clip below!) Their band was awarded first place overall, best percussion, and best visual. Way to go, kids! Best of luck to you all for continued success in this competition season. We love to see you enjoying music in so many different ways!


Coon Holler Students Aiden Halterman and Halle Newman Attend Bluegrass Camp in Tennessee 

Coon Holler students, Aiden Halterman and Halle Newman traveled all the way to Maryville, Tennessee, this summer to attend Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp during the camp's bluegrass week. According to the camp website, Kaufman Kamps are "designed to gather musicians of all levels from around the globe with common goals-learning, playing, eating and sleeping music." Aiden sings and plays the upright bass as his primary instrument with The Coon Holler Kids. Halle sings and plays fiddle with The Grass Seeds. Check out the video of Aiden performing on the Kamp stage during open mic night with Steve Kaufman himself and several other talented Kamp participants! We are proud of both Aiden and Halle for dedicating an entire week of their summer to improve their abilities and create some great memories too!

We are proud of you, Halle & Eli! 

These two Coon Holler fiddlers did a fantastic job at the 2016 Indiana State Fair Fiddle Competition! Halle Newman earned 1st place in the Junior category (age 11 and under).  Eli Taylor placed 2nd in the 12-18-year-old category. They posed for a post-competition photo with Judy after the event on August 13th. She is super proud of both of them for all of their hard work and a job well done!

Coon Holler Kids Receive "Audience Favorite" Award 

The Coon Holler Kids competed against fourteen other performers of all ages at the 2016 Harlan Hall's Got Talent event in Marshall, Illinois. They were chosen as "Audience Favorite" by popular vote and received high remarks by the event judges. The Grass Seeds from Coon Holler Music also performed and did an outstanding job. Congratulations, kids! We are so proud of you!

Bluegrass Gospel Program 2:00 PM Illinois time

Vermilion Grove Friends Church, 3760 N 1500 E Rd, Ridge Farm, IL

Join us for a bluegrass gospel program at the Vermilion Grove Friends Church in Vermilion, Illinois, featuring The Little Pickers, The Grass Seeds, and The Coon Holler Kids. Use the Ridge Farm address listed above for GPS navigation. Everyone is welcome!