Performing At The Walnut Valley Festival In 2016

The KBA Treblemakers

Left To Right

Ella Bird, Fiddle

​Cait Carlson, Fiddle

Wayne Ruble, Mandolin

Alyssa Carlson, Bass

Dawson Tarrant, Guitar

Jacob Metz, Dobro

Mason Ruble, Banjo 

Dawson, Wayne, Jacob, Cait, Alyssa and Mason 

At Their First CD Release Party In 2015         

​​Check Out Their CD's

The KBA Treblemaker's First CD Was Released In 2015 And A Second Followed In 2016

The Treblemaker's recorded their first project as a way to raise money to attend the IBMA's in Raleigh, NC.  There are 7 songs on it, including 4 originals.

Their second CD released in 2016, has eleven songs on it.  We're very proud to tell you, that ten of the songs are originals, written exclusively by the band members.    

                Check out the CD's by emailing us at if you'd like us to mail you a copy. Suggested donation is $10 plus shipping.                                                                                                                                                 

Check Out These Links To Treblemaker's Live Performances At Silver Dollar City

​​​The KBA Treblemakers

The KBA Treblemakers began as the dream of the Kansas Bluegrass Association board of directors.  Their vision was to support youth in Bluegrass by offering them something more than just lessons for individual kids.  After all, the FUN part of playing Bluegrass music is meeting others and jamming.    So in 2010, board members began scouting for young folks at various jams sessions.  Through their efforts, the original Treblemakers band came to be. 

The band began performing in early 2011 under the direction of Mark Johnson and have been featured at such notable events as Wichita's Riverfest,        The Walnut Valley Festival’s Acoustic Kids stage and the legendary “Stage 5”.  Next came Colby KS Pickin’ on the Plains, Bartlett Arboretum’s Treehouse Concert Series, Rhonda & Darrin Vincent’s family festival at Sally Mountain Park and at Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass & Bar-B-Que 3 years running. 

After much hard work, the Treblemakers were proud to have achieved their goal of taking a Second Place Win in 2015 and a Fourth Place Win in 2016, at   The National Youth In Bluegrass Contest at Silver Dollar City, in Branson Missouri. The group was also honored to be chosen as featured performers on the IBMA's Youth Stage, at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, NC. in the fall of 2015.  Their latest source of pride, was in being hired as          "paid performers", at The Walnut Valley Festival in the fall of 2016.

There have been several "generations" of the band and we're proud to say that all graduates of the Treblemakers are still making music.                           The current line-up consists of two sets of siblings, which makes the coordination of rehearsals and family schedules a LITTLE easier.

Dawson Tarrant (18) from Conway Springs, is the only founding member still in the band.  Dawson joined the Treblemakers in 2010 at age (10).  

In addition to guitar, Dawson plays saxophone and piano, as well as writing songs for the band.  He also participates in football, basketball, track & band at Conway Springs High School. Dawson is also a member of his schools show choir, which gives him plenty of opportunities to use the skills he's learned   on stage with the Treblemakers.  Dawson will be attending Pittsburg State University in the fall of 2017.

Sisters Caitlin (20) and Alyssa (19) Carlson are from Falun, Ks.  They joined the group in late 2012.  Cait plays fiddle and is a student at Kansas State University.  Alyssa plays bass with the Treblemakers and also plays obey & cello in her schools band and orchestra.  She also plays piano and numerous other instruments.  She attends WSU University.

Brothers Wayne (17) and Mason (14) Ruble, are from Minneapolis, Ks. and both boys play multiple instruments.  Mason joined us in early 2013 on banjo and Wayne joined us shortly thereafter.  Wayne is primarily a guitar player but when he saw our need for someone to play the mandolin, he decided that he'd  give it a try.  Boy are we glad he did!  Both boys are avid outdoorsmen and athletes. 

An added note for Mason Ruble, is that he was featured this year on ABC's  "Little Big Shots" with the band "The Salty Dogs".  We are so proud of Mason's accomplishments and happy to have been a part of his bluegrass journey. 

Jacob Metz (17) is from Oxford, Ks. and he's another multi-instrumentalist.  He had just picked up the banjo when we met him at Winfield's Acoustic Kids in September 2013.  In October of that year,  he started playing the Dobro.  He joined our group and played his first performance with us in early 2014.  Jacob also plays guitar, mandolin, bass, saxophone, piano and has written a number of the songs that the group will be performing.

Ella Bird (13) is the newest and youngest member of the group.  Ella is from Wichita, Ks. and has been playing violin for 4 years.  She is a member of the Wichita Youth Symphony but is excited to be expanding her musical horizons into fiddling.  We first met Ella in 2013 at a Winfield Acoustic Kids performance and she joined us in the fall of 2015.

Directing this group of gifted young musicians has been husband/wife team Jimmy & Karla Campbell of Wichita, Ks.  Jimmy is originally from Northeast Missouri and has been playing Bluegrass since he was just 9 years old.  He was mentored by many wonderful musicians in his early years and is proud to be giving back to young people in this way.  He is also a part of the award-winning Bluegrass band Driven.  Karla is on the Kansas Bluegrass Association board of directors and is an award-winning Bluegrass bass player with the Kansas City-based Hootin’ Annies.

​Although Karla and Jimmy have retired from mentoring the Treblemakers this year, they said that they will always be there to lend a helping hand.

This fine group of young people have grown to the point that they are ready to go it alone.   We're so proud of how far these fine musicians have come.

​Check Out Some Of Our Treblemake Photo's

Check Out Their Schedule

For 2017

Silver Dollar City Branson, MO - May 28-29

​Heart of Bluegrass Festival West Plains, MO - June 2-3

​Washunga Days Council Grove, MO -  June 17 @ 11am

Free Concert 214 E Euclid, McPherson, KS - June 22 @ 7-9

​Kearney Amphitheater Kearney, MO - June 24 @ 6 pm

Sally Mountain Park, Queen City, MO - June 30-July 1

LaPlata Baptist Church LaPlata, MO - July 2 @ 6pm

Stratford Iowa Bluegrass Festival, Stratford, IA -  July 6-7​​



Dawson, Wayne, Cait, Ella, Alyssa, Mason And Jacob

With Their Second CD, Highway Fugitive In 2016

​Promoting and Preserving Bluegrass Music in Kansas

We Look Froward

To Seeing You All

At A Festival This Summer

Be Sure To Stop By Our Booth

To Say Hello!  


The Kba Treblemakers