In the spring of 2010 Mark Morris came to his sister Sarah with the idea of hosting a bluegrass festival in their home town of Idaho Springs Colorado. Mark had no idea what to do! So, his sister Sarah grabbed the bull by the horns, and together they created the festival. The festival ran for two years when Mark decided to help build the festival's name by promoting it through local shows using the name “Rapidgrass” for the band.
The popularity of the band grew through the front range of Colorado, changing members and configurations with every gig. Then one summer afternoon in 2012 Mark received a call from New Belgium Brewery to configure a band to play at an event in Boulder Colorado. Mark, on a whim, called up his very favorite instrumentalists to participate in the event and… the band "Rapidgrass Quintet" was born.
Guitar and Vocals.
Mark Morris began playing guitar when he was 10 years old, and shortly after he began playing the mandolin. His musical tastes eventually gravitated from folk and country to bluegrass and jazz by the time he was a teenager. He graduated from the University of Colorado in the fall of 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in music, and he has been a full-time touring musician/teacher since. His music has taken him all across the US, Europe, and Asia, teaching camps and workshops. Mark is also a big mountain athlete for the Colorado-based ski company Icelantic.
Mandolin and Vocals.
Alex Johnstone has spent the last many years touring around bars, bluegrass festivals, and kids music camps all over America and Canada as a member of the Colorado based bluegrass band Spring Creek. He started his musical life as teenager playing electric rock and blues guitar and took up the mandolin and fiddle in his early twenties. Alex started playing out professionally while ski bumming in Crested Butte Colorado and also where he met the other members of Spring Creek. He followed the band out to South Plains Collage in Levelland Texas where he studied music with renown pickers Alan Mundy and Joe Carr. Alex Now makes his home in Lyons Colorado and enjoys making music, skiing, and fly fishing.
Coleman holds a degree in Music from Marywood University and has been teaching fiddle, mandolin, and guitar for nearly 15 years. He has traveled throughout the world with his fiddle bringing joy to all that hear him. Coleman has a unique style that fuses Jazz, Gypsy Swing, Celtic and Bluegrass. Coleman is also a virtuoso in the style of Western Swing and strives to keep the legacy of Bob Wills alive wherever he goes.
Banjo and Vocals.
Kyle James Hauser is a Louisville, Kentucky-based singer/songwriter and a multi - instrumentalist specializing in banjo. Kyle has performed at the CMJ / SXSW / Toronto Film Festival in 2011, and he was a finalist in the 2011 Telluride Troubadour Contest as well as the 2011 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Hauser has been a highly respected studio player for the better part of a decade with over a dozen credits to his name.
Paul has been in the Colorado music scene for over 15 years playing all across the nation in many different configurations.