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Arvel Bird

Widely considered to be one of the hottest Native American artists on tour today, Arvel Bird’s lively and soulful performances will leave your audiences breathless. In addition to the heartful Native American drumming, storytelling, and flute music, the fine classical talents of the violin-playing Arvel Bird bring music ranging from Celtic to Boogie to Blues/Rock and Folk. His beautifully costumed performances are both athletic and electrifying. Born in Idaho and raised in Utah and Arizona, Arvel Bird showed early promise on the violin and attended Arizona State University, but his career involved jumping through many hoops to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician. His first private music teacher in Salt Lake City, Mrs. Olea Kienke, saw his potential and taught him to play with passion. She also brought the magic of music to life teaching Arvel about life, self-confidence, poise, walking, smiling, and presentation. As a college student, Arvel blossomed under the tutorship of renowned Hungarian violinist Paul Roland at the University of Illinois. Initially seeking a classical music career, he was drawn to and inspired by the Appalachian, Bluegrass and Celtic styles in the Midwest. Settling down in Ft. Wayne, Indiana allowed him to explore his own music style and a large and loyal following. In 1986 he joined Glen Campbell, touring worldwide with him for six years. In 1991, he moved to Nashville and continued touring with Loretta Lynn, Louise Mandrell, Cla

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