Executive Director, he grew up in the Piedmont with a deep love for traditional music of the region. He was drawn to the authentic voices of old-time, bluegrass and folk music played by everyday people. A desire to share that music led him to a career in public radio where he worked as a host, music director, NPR contributor and most recently as program director for North Carolina Public Radio WUNC. He was named Executive Director of PineCone in October of 2019. He loves fiddle tunes, good coffee, college basketball and his family which is remarkably tolerant of banjo jokes.
Communications Manager, he grew up with the music in Ashe County, NC. He is a two-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award winner and recent graduate of East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where he majored in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies with a minor in marketing. Wellington will continue to tour with the Tray Wellington Band. Tray is responsible for PineCone's marketing, promotions, and communications, including e-newsletters, and maintaining PineCone's website and social media presence.
Membership Coordinator, she is a seasoned event planner and music industry professional with deep roots in the Piedmont. She worked for Hopscotch Music Festival, Festival for the Eno, Suwannee Hulaween Festival and, for more than a decade, at INDY Week. Gloria is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Apex High School. At PineCone she works with our members, runs our box office and is part of the team that produces PineCone events.
PineCone Board of Directors
Jamie Dawson, President
Becky Bell, Vice President
Todd Hemphill, Treasurer
Wilson Sayre, Secretary