Ray Cossin, the fiddle player and youngest member of the band, started out as a student of Johnny Staats and began playing in the band at the age of 17.
He was named the 2009 West Virginia State Youth Fiddle Champion. He won third place in the adult division and has gotten first and second many times in the 15 and under category.
"Contests are fun but what I love the most is getting together with different people and jamming.
I would have to say that my favorite fiddle player is Jim VanCleve who plays with Mountain Heart."
Cossin has been part of the American Mountain Theater House Band.
Ray loves playing with his brother, Doug, who also plays banjo and guitar. Ray loves to play all kinds of music; mostly bluegrass, but he also likes folk, classical and acoustic. He plays violin, mandolin and guitar.