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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health

Bluegrass Players Make Rafters Ring

Band takes a bow

The members of We RNA String Band are (from l) NIH director Dr. Francis Collins on guitar, Dr. William Sears on fiddle, Dr. Dominic Golec on mandolin, Dr. Ivan Vujkovic-Cvijin on guitar and Dr. John Tisdale on bass.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Fiddle player and mandolinist

Sears (l) and Golec play for the CRC audience.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Drs. Tisdale and Collins play music

Collins also played piano during the concert, as Tisdale accompanies him on bass.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Three musicians play bluegrass music.

Musicians (from l) Collins, Sears and Golec lean in to the tune.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Dr. Collins looks to rafters as he holds guitar

Collins looks up to the rafters in the CRC atrium, to see who is tuning in from above.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

The bluegrass quintet We RNA String Band performed in the atrium of the Clinical Research Center on Nov. 10.

Band members include NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Ivan Vujkovic-Cvijin on guitar, Dr. John Tisdale on bass, Dr. Dominic Golec on mandolin and Dr. William Sears on fiddle. “It was great fun!” said Collins, who also played piano.

The setlist included Whiskey Before Breakfast, Temperance Reel, Angeline the Baker, Ashokan Farewell, House of the Rising Sun, Cherokee Shuffle, Redwing, Milkcow Blues, Old Joe Clark, Tennessee Waltz and Orange Blossom Special.

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