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Higher Ground at the Valley Bluegrass Festival

  • Valley Bluegrass Festival 1229 Burrell Avenue Lewiston, ID, 83501 United States (map)
Higher Ground

Higher Ground

Traditional bluegrass band from North Central Idaho, performing a selection of music from Gospel to today's bluegrass.


Adam Leavitt

Adam Leavitt became interested in the banjo when he was 13. His brother and sister had put together a banjo to teach themselves how to play. When they were not around, Adam would play with it. It wasn't long before Adam put together his own banjo. Other instruments that he plays are guitar and mandolin. His family has lived in the Lewis-Clark Valley since 1995. When not playing music, Adam enjoys hunting, playing volleyball and ultimate Frisbee.

Cassidy Arnot

When Cassidy Arnot was six years old her Grandma Aucutt encouraged her to start taking Suzuki Method violin lessons. At age of seven she started trying out some of her grandma’s fiddle songs. Since then she enjoys playing a variety of classical, fiddle and Bluegrass music on the violin. She started teaching herself mandolin at age 10 and got involved with the LCBO Bluegrass Sprouts. Cassidy first played with Higher Ground on her 11th birthday at the 2014 Valley Bluegrass Festival. She also plays the alto saxophone and would like to learn guitar, bass and banjo. Other interests include soccer, softball, archery and camping.  

Dave Herzog

Dave Herzog has had music a part of his life from a very young age. At the age of 14 he started playing the guitar and was soon part of a band in High School. Then he started playing drums and worked with several local rock and country bands for over two decades until coming to know the Lord. Years later he became interested in the mandolin after his daughter introduced him to the Grand Targee Bluegrass Festival in Wyoming . He was very inspired by great mandolin artists like David Grisman, Sam Bush and Tim O'Brian among others there. Bluegrass and gospel music has become a part of him now. He enjoys jamming with the many new friends in the area and at festivals and also being a part of the worship team in the Winchester Community Church. Higher Ground is a great group of people to work with and is glad to be a part of that as well.

Denis Hackwith

Denis grew up in North Idaho and currently lives in Lewiston. He comes from a musical family, concentrating mostly on acoustic instruments and playing old time country, bluegrass, gospel and fiddle music. He played mostly for family reunions and his own enjoyment for many years until returning to Lewiston. Denis currently plays upright bass for two local bluegrass bands and guitar and mandolin with local fiddlers. Playing bass is a family tradition as his two older brothers have each played bass for over 50 years.

Scott Lombard

Scott Lombard was born in Missouri and raised in Lewiston. Coming from a musical family, he learned to play the guitar at the age of 11 years old. By the time he was 16, he was playing bass guitar in a country band with his father Gene Lombard. Today he mainly plays Gospel and Bluegrass music and volunteers for the Lewis Clark Bluegrass Organization that sponsors Valley Bluegrass Stage, Festival and the Bluegrass Sprouts.  


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