Buckaroo Club

The Buckaroo Club program was established February 1998 as a way of mentoring youth under 18 years old to learn and perform Texas heritage music deriving from the cattle ranching culture.  Coordinated by "Yodeling Queen" Janet McBride and assisted by CTO Talent Coordinator Devon Dawson, the Buckaroo Club meets on the second Sunday of each month.  Buckaroos receive exposure to great, historic western music, Texas history lessons, advice and practice on acoustic guitar, personalized yodeling instruction from Janet, and performance practice in front of a live audience.  Janet provides copies from her extensive private collection of old recordings of the great old cowboy music unfamiliar to many of the Buckaroos.  Qualified Buckaroos receive opportunity to perform at various other events throughout the year (including Cowtown Opry's annual Gala) and may apply for Cowtown Opry's annual scholarship award.


Upon paying your dues ($25 individual, $40 family) and becoming a member, you will be entitled to:
    1)  Attend Cowtown Opry Buckaroo Club at 131 E. Exchange Ave. Ste #140, Fort Worth, Texas on the second Sunday of each month, arriving at 1:30 pm, ready to perform at 2:00 pm.  Attendance every Buckaroo Sunday is only required for those Buckaroos wanting to be invited to outside performance opportunities and to be applying for scholarship award.  Vacation and sickness absences are understood and can be made up by other performance opportunities to be provided by Janet and Devon.
    2)  Dress in official Cowtown Opry attire:  long sleeve white shirt, red bandana, blue jeans or blue jean skirt, western boots, and western hat.  (No ball caps, t-shirts, sandals, athletic shoes, etc.)
    3)  Come prepared to sing two songs (have it memorized).  Song choice must be wholesome, age appropriate and have a Texas or western, historic connection.  Several days before performance, please email Janet that you will attend and what songs you are prepared to sing.


By appointment, introductory instruction is available to you at 1:00 on Buckaroo Sundays for the following:
   1)  Any sort of practice you need to prepare for performance
   2)  Yodeling:  Janet McBride
   3)  Basic Guitar Chords:  Janet McBride
   4)  Swing Guitar (for advanced Buckaroos only):  Devon Dawson
   5)  Voice (for 12 years old and up):  Judy James
   6)  Stand-up Bass:  Teresa Walton
   7)  Accordian:  Phil St Marie

CTO provides performance workshops for Buckaroos occasionally throughout the year.  Janet McBride will provide private instruction at her home, by request.


Our goal is to encourage Buckaroos to want to perform!  For those who want more than to just perform on Buckaroo Sundays, we have other opportunities available!

You are invited to perform on the CTO Saddle Pals performances on other Sundays when you:
   1)  Know at least 3 songs, memorized (at least one appropriate to the Sunday theme)
   2)  Know your key
   3)  Stay on key
   4)  Have your timing down
   5)  Be able to perform with adults without rehearsal

Outside performance opportunities will be provided for Buckaroos who:
   1)  Are active participants of Buckaroo Sundays (attend 8 or more Buckaroo Sundays a year)
   2)  Have a minimum of 2 songs perfected and approved (only 1 song for children under 8)


Cowtown Opry offers the opportunity for all Buckaroos to qualify to apply for the CTO Texas Heritage Music Scholarship!  Once a year at the CTO Texas Independence Day Gala, Cowtown Opry awards up to five $150 music scholarships and one $500 college scholarship to qualified Buckaroos. 

To apply for a Music Scholarship at the end of the year, you can qualify by:
   1)  Being a CTO member for at least one year.
   2)  Being in good standing for current year (have dues paid).
   3)  Attending a minimum of 12 Cowtwon Opry events during the qualifying year,  8 of these must be Buckaroo Sundays.  You must keep a record of all events you attend outside of Buckaroo Sundays, participation dates must be listed on application.

To apply for a College Scholarship at the end of the year,  you can qualify by:
   1)  Being a CTO member for at least one year.
   2)  Being in good standing for current year (have dues paid).
   3)  Attending a minimum of 48 Cowtown Opry events (you should keep a record of all events you attend outside
   of Buckaroo Sundays because participation dates must be listed on application).
   4)  Being in your senior year of high school, planning to enter college in the fall (or concurrently).


For more information about the Buckaroo Club, please call:
Janet McBride-Buckaroo Coordinator (972) 564-0462
Devon D
awson-Talent Coordinator (817) 366-9675
Sonya Howeth-Chairman of the Board (214) 532-8010

Buckaroo Photograph by Lori Faith Merrit www.photographybyfaith.com
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