PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music has named Trajan “Tray” Wellington as its next Communications Manager. Wellington will be taking over the duties of this position from Jamie Katz Court, who is now PineCone’s Program Director.
“We’re thrilled to have Tray join the team,” says David Brower, PineCone’s Executive Director. “Tray has an infectious love for the music which will serve us well as we work to grow the audience for roots music in North Carolina.”
Wellington will oversee PineCone’s e-newsletters, website, press releases, marketing and manage Pinecone’s social media channels.
“I am honored to be chosen for the Communications Manager position,” says Wellington. “I have worked with PineCone several times as an artist and know the great work and great people that are a part of this organization. I cannot wait to learn and expand my skill set working in this position.”
Wellington is an accomplished professional banjo player. 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, which this past year performed on the mainstage at IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC. It’s the annual festival held in Raleigh produced by PineCone in partnership with IBMA and the City of Raleigh.
PineCone is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 1984 to present, promote and preserve traditional music and dance from the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The organization is supported by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations from the Arts Commission; the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; PNC Bank; and nearly 1,000 PineCone members and donors.