New Standard was formed in October 2011 at Virginia Tech. It was founded by Zach Brown, Spencer Blankenship and Mason Thomas. Jacob Bly and his banjo were quickly added to the band to have a four piece band. By November 2011, Stewart Scales was asked to be a part of the band as the bass player. Currently Zach plays the fiddle, Spencer on mandolin, Mason plays guitar, Jacob on banjo and Stewart on upright bass. New Standard brings together a variety of styles and influences ranging from traditional artists to contemporary bluegrass and gospel artists, honoring those before them such as Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Reno and Smiley, and the Stanley Brothers.