Meet the Band
The Hosmer Mountain Boys
Keegan Day, III is the band's lead singer and guitar player. He got his start by attending his first bluegrass festival at age 9 months of age and has loved the music ever since. He started on bass in middle school and once he was bit by the Flatt & Scruggs bug, he became very passionate about the guitar. He even spent a gap year at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix, AZ and built 2 guitars of his own at age 18.
As a 16 and 17-year-old, he was part of IBMA's Kids on Bluegrass Program and performed in a National Kids Bluegrass Band in Raleigh, NC throughout the week of World of Bluegrass in 2018 and 2019. He recently placed 1st on flat picking guitar at the 2022 Roxbury Pickin' & Fiddlin' Contest.
As the band's lead singer you will notice his major influences come from Don Reno, and also Lester Flatt and Karl Shiflett, which include their 2-finger thumb picking style.
Keegan also attends a local college. In his spare time, he is a local authority on Ancient Burying Grounds in New England, spending many hours restoring headstones and speaking at historical events.
Simon Brogie was born near the bottom of the Hosmer Mountain. He started listening to Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs before he could remember, being drawn into bluegrass music by watching his Dad play guitar in a bluegrass band. At around age 5, he picked up the mandolin, 7 years later he started learning the 5 String Banjo.
In his mid-teens, Simon played in 5 different bands, including the Tri-State Rounders and Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass. He has played at the Pemi-Valley Bluegrass Festival, Paddle Faster Bluegrass Festival, IBMA, SPGMA, and others.
He has won first place on banjo at the Roxbury Pickin' and Fiddlin' Contest in 2018 and 2022. Simon also plays guitar, mandolin, and bass and sings mostly tenor in the band. Other than music, he enjoys working on vehicles, building things, and works at Thunderbird Environmental full time.
Tom Bowman is the bass player and sings baritone for the band -He started playing music by learning on his grandmother’s porch as a young teen in Hollywood, Maryland. Self-taught, he was soon sitting in with the neighborhood musicians for house parties.
Tom has been a fixture on the bluegrass music scene since the early 80s, playing bass for numerous bands in need of a steady beat and tasteful walking tones.
Tom has toured Europe with Amy Gallatin, played with the Traver Hollow, and also with several other bands in New England over his long career in Bluegrass Music.
When you meet Tom, you’ve met a friend for life. In non-musical life, being on the water is second love, and he is a captain of fine tour boats.
Cathy Bumgarner Day
Cathy Day began performing at age 10 with her parents and sister in the Rose City Bluegrass Band which played numerous shows throughout the Northeast US during the 80s.
While she could be found playing any instrument, her fiddling was and still is most often sought after for performances and studio work in the New England area.
She won numerous fiddle contests during her formative years and also brought home ribbons on guitar and mandolin. She was also a member of the award-winning all-girl band, "SassyGrass'' and New Hampshire-based band, "Marcy Hill," and "The Bill Thibodeau Band." For over 20 years, every March, she plays with"Cashel Rock," an Irish band.
Cathy is Pharmacist by day, a Mom by night, and does all things bluegrass on the weekends.
She is a point person for the newly formed Connecticut Bluegrass Association.
She also handles the band's bookings.