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Life is full of infinite possibilities and choices, but for better or worse, we enter the world with at least one thing predetermined for us: our family members.

Those innate bonds have an especially powerful meaning for one Chapman graduate, Michael Wimberley, who last week graduated alongside his three siblings.

His family isn’t the only thing drawing attention to Wimberley’s graduation, however.

At 17, Wimberley received his bachelor of arts in strategic and corporate communications, with a political science minor – making him the youngest graduate in Chapman’s history.  See more...

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They live together, study together, play music together - and now these four California siblings, aged 17 to 22, will be graduating college together. 

On Chapman University's commencement day, the Wimberley siblings will all be handed their degrees on the same stage. See more...

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Four members of the Wimberly family in Orange County, three brothers and a sister, are set to graduate together from Chapman University this spring, including the youngest who is only 17-years-old. Kirk Hawkins reports from Orange for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.  See more...

 

Bluegrass playing siblings share a bond and a dream in harmony

May 21, 2015

Michael Wimberley ’16 was so small that he had to stand on an apple box when he and his three siblings first performed at Riley’s Apple Farm in
January 2008. They played one song, Rabbit in the Log, during the dinner show at the mile-high outdoor theatre in Oak Glen, Calif. Two of the Wimberleys sang lead and the other two provided backup vocals, although it all pretty much ended up a musical muddle.

“It was awful,” Michael’s brother, Mark ’16 recalled recently with a smile.

The siblings will all graduate college at the same time and are each study one aspect of contributing to successful band management. ...See More

The Jackson 5, The Kinks, Disclosure: all seemingly discordant bands that’re made up of siblings who strengthened their relationship through a musical bond.

Siblings Danielle, Mark, James and Michael Wimberley, all juniors at Chapman, comprise the Wimberley Bluegrass Band. They started playing music together in 2006 and first performed as a band in 2008.

“We’re best friends, so we always enjoy hanging around each other,” Michael Wimberley said. “It was only natural that we play together since we all wanted to play the same type of music. The performing just happened by chance.”

In February, their song “Hard Working Man” was featured in an episode of ABC’s sitcom “The Middle.”

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Ever wonder what it would be like to be in a band with your siblings?  Perhaps you dreamt about it long ago.  These four siblings realized that dream.  The Wimberley Bluegrass Band is comprised of four juniors, all siblings, at Chapman University.  

  • Danielle, the sister, is 21 years-old studying Business Administration.  She plays the mandolin and is a vocalist. 
  • Mark and James are 19 year-old twins studying Mathematics and Computer Information Systems, respectively.  They both are vocalists.  Mark plays the banjo and James plays the guitar. 
  • Michael is the youngest sibling, 16 years old, studying Strategic and Corporate Communications.  He plays the fiddle and is the lead vocalist. 

I had no idea that these talented peers studied among me until one morning when they joined my classmate Michael in our Intercultural Communication class to perform a mini concert......See More

Bluegrass music is rooted in the American family, and that couldn't be any truer for Santa Ana's The Wimberley Bluegrass Band.

For seven years now, siblings Danielle, 20, twins Mark and James, 18, and Michael Wimberley, 15, have been playing a style common to the founders of bluegrass from the '30s and '40s. The sister and three brothers are committed to a future that they hope leads them to touring together on the road.

“We hope this is going to be our career,” said Mark Wimberley, who plays guitar. “As soon as we get our bachelor's degree, we're hitting the road.”.....See More

Wimberley Bluegrass Band consists of four Santa Ana siblings who regularly deliver classic grounded bluegrass to Orange County – and they are all under 21 years old.

Mark Wimberley, 18, plucks guitar; James Wimberley, 18, twangs banjo; Michael Wimberley, 15, plays fiddle; and Danielle Wimberley, 20, strums mandolin. Each member started playing in 2006 after discovering a Nitty Gritty Dirty Band album.

“It was maybe late 2005 that we heard it. We just loved the sound of the banjo,” Michael Wimberley explained.........See More

Formed in 2006, the Wimberley Bluegrass Band is a refreshing group of exceptionally talented teenage siblings that synthesizes customary bluegrass with gospel music styles to create uplifting presentations. This sensational, high-energy foursome is composed of accomplished mandolinist Danielle Wimberley, polished banjo player James Wimberley, proficient guitarist Mark Wimberley and gifted fiddler Michael Wimberley.........See More

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