Saturday, December 10, 2016 6:00 PMMt. Hope United Church of Christ 2400 Mt. Hope Church Rd Whitsett, NC
There will be a Pot Luck Supper. Please bring a side dish and an unwrapped door prize for the gift grab. Don’t forget your instrument for jamming! Kids, keep on the lookout for Santa!
Your name is how you are identified, establishes who you are and where you are from. ClayBank chose their name to relate to all of these. Band rehearsals happen on Claybank Road in the Claybank community in West Jefferson, North Carolina. It’s our home, our heritage, and our way of representing the musical tradition in our area. From the music-rich Blue Ridge Mountains, ClayBank plays straight ahead bluegrass. Formed in January, 2015, ClayBank is comprised of Gary Trivette on bass, Tyler Thompson on banjo, Jacob Greer on guitar, and Zack Arnold on mandolin. They are living proof that raw, young talent combined with a wealth of musical experience and expertise can prevail. This award winning, four-piece band combines dynamic instrumentation with powerful vocal abilities. From a hard-driving bluegrass song to an accapella gospel ballad with impressive harmonies, there’s always something for every listener at a ClayBank show. 2016 has been a whirlwind year for ClayBank, starting with a 3rd place finish in the SPBGMA band contest in February and 1st place at RenoFest in March, followed by signing with the Andrea Roberts Agency in April and with Rural Rhythm in May. They were a big hit at the World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, and now they have their first album in hand with the release of Playing Hard To Forget in October.
Zack Arnold from West Jefferson, North Carolina has been around bluegrass music his whole life. His family often sang in churches and Zack was singing before he was two years old. He learned to love bluegrass and sing harmony at a very young age. He took mandolin lessons as a child but fell in love with the guitar as he grew older. When ClayBank was forming, Zack moved back to the mandolin and began to astound audiences with his hard-hitting mandolin style. His powerful lead vocals have garnered much attention since the bands inception, as well as his strong harmonies. He is still an accomplished flat picker and plays the guitar often. Zack is an avid hunter and fisherman, and attends Smethport Baptist Church where his dad is the pastor.
Jacob Greer lives in Jefferson North Carolina. He developed a love for music at an early age, learning to play electric guitar when he was eight years old. Just a couple of years later, he was introduced to bluegrass music and was completely captivated by it. Jacob knew he needed an acoustic guitar and soon began to take flatpicking lessons. He was also motivated by spending countless hours studying the techniques of guitar greats Tony Rice and Kenny Smith. In 2012, he was invited to join local bluegrass gospel band, Heritage, where he played guitar and sang with them for four years. Jacob is now recognized for his dynamic rhythm and impressive lead guitar picking with ClayBank. His broad vocal range also contributes to the bands articulate sound. Jacob enjoys fishing and shotgun sports and attends Smethport Baptist Church with his family.
Tyler Thompson was born in Watauga County, North Carolina where bluegrass music is prevalent and he was introduced to at an early age by his dad, who also plays bass. When he was ten years old, he started taking banjo and guitar lessons and soon became very proficient, winning contests on both instruments. His main focus with ClayBank is the banjo and he is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best in the business for his hard-driving style. Tyler is also an accomplished song writer and singer, contributing both lead and harmony vocals for the band. He is a Paramedic in Mountain City, TN and a veteran of the United States Army. Tyler attends Midway Baptist Church in Butler, TN where his dad is the pastor.
Gary Trivette grew up in Watauga County, North Carolina and lives in Vilas. Born to a very musical family, he began playing bass at eight years old. His father, Auborn Trivette, was a prominent local musician and influenced Gary and several of his siblings to sing and pick as well. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, Gary was heavily influenced by artists like the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene. He spent 17 years as banjo player for Southern Accent and later spent several years as a member of Carolina Crossing. He has become known for his rock-solid bass playing and wide vocal range as well as his song writing abilities, all of which are reflected with ClayBank. Gary owns and operates his own electrical business and enjoys fishing in his spare time. He and his wife, Tina, attend Beaver Dam Baptist Church.