Catherine "BB" Bowness began playing the banjo as a teenager in her hometown, Koitiata, New Zealand. Just a few years later, she received the Frank Winter memorial award to travel to the USA and study with world renowned banjo players Tony Trischka, Alan Munde and Bill Evans. BB joined the Jazz Performance program at the New Zealand School of Music and received her Bachelor of Music in 2012 as the first banjo player to have ever completed the program. In 2013, she was one of 16 young string musicians selected from across the United States to attend the Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia and in 2015 placed first at the Freshgrass Banjo Contest. Since moving to Boston, MA, she has become a highly sought-after educator, teaching hundreds of banjo students privately and at such camps as Banjo Camp North and The Banjo Summit. She currently tours full time with Mile Twelve, winners of the 2017 Momentum Band Award at IBMA.