Our History

The Peak to Peak Music Education Association was formed after the death of “Michigan Mike” Torpie, the founder of NedFest (below), to continue the festival and support music education programs in the peak to peak region.

Michigan Mike (center) with light shirt) celebrates a successful 2011 NedFest with friends at the late-night Black Forest show. Pictured (left to right) PPMEA President Rob Savoy,  Jarod  (NedFest parking director),  Happy Jack (long-time NedFest volunteer),  Michigan Mike Torpie (NedFest Founder),  Kristen McFarland (PPMEA Event Coordinator),  Lyn Hanna (founding PPMEA Board Member),  Ben Griffin (founding PPMEA Board Member),  Mark Latiolais  (PPMEA Board Member).


November 2, 2014 The Very Nice Brewing Company hosted a special annual awards event for the PPMEA featuring a performance of the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society’s Young Pickers. The PPMEA awarded 2 grants. The first went to the Nederland Elementary School music department to use to get a matching grant for musical instruments for beginning kids. The other went to provide a scholarship for music lessons for a promising young local musician in need who could not afford them. Thanks to Very Nice for its generous support!

April 12, 2013: The Peak to Peak Music Education Association Board of Directors presents a check to Stephen LeFaiver, TEEN Center director, to support an after school music tutor in conjunction with the Mark Vann Foundation.

PPMEA and NedFest in the News

Daily Camera “NedFest Calls it Quits

“16th Annual NedFest Music and Arts Festival on Tap”
Rocky Mountain Jams, August 2014

“NedFest 2013” by Kali Basman
Grateful Web, August 29, 2013

“NedFest 2013: Standing Strong” By Dave Kirby
Boulder Weekly, Thursday, August 22, 2013
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“NedFest Celebrates Community: Fifteen Years of Showcasing Music in Nederland” By Ashley Dean
Daily Camera, August 21, 2013
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“NedFest Celebrates its Miraculous 15th Year” by Kirsten Cohen
The Marquee, May 1, 2013

“Performance Painter a NedFest Highlight” by C. Alan Crandall
Daily Camera,  August 24, 2012
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“The Little Festival that Could” by Dave Kirby
Boulder Magazine, Summer 2012 Guide
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“NedFest on for 2012 Despite Death of Founder “Michigan Mike” by Mitchell Byars
Daily Camera,  February 10, 2012
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“NedFest Soldiers on Under New Non-profit Group” by Brian Johnson
The Marquee,  May 1, 2012
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“NedFest Reboots: One time volunteers split up Mike Torpie’s job among six people and move on.” by Dave Kirby
Boulder Weekly, August 23, 2012
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“NedFest Continues”
The Mountain-Ear,  February 13, 2012
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