Our History

New Standard was founded in October, 2011 by Zach Brown, Spencer Blankenship and Mason Thomas. One month later, Stewart Scales was asked to be a part of the band as the bass player. Jason Wheeler was added on banjo in 2016. New Standard brings together a variety of styles and influences ranging from traditional artists to contemporary bluegrass and gospel artists.


We have entertained audiences in many towns across the mountains and Piedmont of Virginia. From fall festivals to church services, birthday parties to fishing tournaments, we enjoy playing traditional gospel and bluegrass music for a wide variety of audiences. If you are interested in having New Standard at your event, feel free to contact us on our Booking page - we'd love to hear from you! 

Our Mission Statement 

To provide audience members a quality sound and entertaining performance while keeping bluegrass music alive for our generation and future generations to enjoy.