Ray Bruckman was only 10 years old when he looked at his dad and told him he wanted to be a fiddle player.
Now at 23 years old, he is full time making music – sometimes with a Appalachian Bluegrass band called the Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers , and sometimes alone.
Known as Fiddlin’ Ray in the regional area, he has played in his hometown of Latrobe to the stage of the Wheeling Jamboree, and won the Pennsylvania State Fiddle Contest.
He has spent all of his teenage life learning, and now he is teaching others who have the desire to learn.
“I really enjoy sharing knowledge of my craft through my teaching,” Fiddlin’ Ray wrote on his webpage. “My teaching philosophy is that we all learn best when we are having fun. Learning to play takes work and dedication, but if you put in the time and effort you will have a skill that will serve you for the rest of your life.”
Fiddlin’ Ray performed Tuesday morning at the Armstrong County facility of LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly). The concert was carried live during the “David & Friends” radio show on WTYM AM 1380.