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46th Annual
South Dakota Fiddle Contest & South Dakota Fiddle Festival
Sept. 7, 8 & 9, 2018
Yankton 4-H Grounds

Mini-Concert Bios


Sergeant Creek Stringband




Tom Weisbecker Tom plays guitar and sings in the band, he has been playing music with Bill Peterson since 2003 in the Fiddler Nelson Band and now Sergeant Creek Stringband. Tom is past president of the South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music. He also performs with the Crabgrass Crew and plays banjo, harmonica and is now working on the fiddle.


Josh Scott Josh grew listening to music in the church and started playing guitar and piano at a young age. He has been playing the fiddle over 10 years now and began as an apprentice with Bill Peterson through a grant with the South Dakota Arts Council’s master/apprentice folk arts program. Josh is also a wonderful singer.


Bill Peterson Bill has been playing fiddle for around 40 years and has been learning the “Missouri Valley” style of fiddling from Dwight Lamb of Onawa, Iowa for the last 16 years. Bill received an “Artist Fellowship” grant from the South Dakota Arts Council several years ago and has traveled the country and Europe teaching and playing the fiddle.


Tom Carlson Tom plays the Nykelharpa which is a traditional Swedish instrument and has been playing old time and Scandinavian fiddle tunes for over 40 years. He studied Appalachian fiddling with Kyle Creed and Albert Hash and currently resides near Spink on Cedar Ridge Farm.



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