Cole Rogers is a 14 year old who lives in Central, a small town neighboring Clemson, South Carolina. He developed an interest for music as a young 2nd grader. He initially began playing the guitar for 2 years through the YAMs (Young Appalachian Musicians Program). The summer before 4th grade, Cole had the opportunity to “try out” another instrument – the mandolin. He hasn’t put it down since. His love for music continued to grow and through group lessons with the YAMs program and private lessons with teacher/mentor/friend, David Snyder – Cole’s abilities grew. Cole played mandolin in his middle school band at Youth Leadership Academy of SC, and has been a member of the Sweet Potato Pie band the past 2 years. Cole has had the opportunity and pleasure of playing at many festivals and social events over the past few years. He enjoys competing in local youth talent events and has won and placed in several of these. Cole’s love for music is immense. He is always playing an instrument, tapping his leg/foot to a beat, singing through the hallways, etc. Cole enjoys all genres of music, however; bluegrass and classic country are his favorites. His main musical influences include Ricky Skaggs, Dailey and Vincent, Bill Monroe, Last Road and Volume 5. Cole enjoys sharing his music with others and can be found playing at local gatherings and for family. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, baseball, football, hiking and inventing. Cole is very appreciative that God has blessed him with his musical talent and his family and friends that support him in this endeavor.