* * SUWANNEE BANJO CAMP* *
Next Camp – Live & In Person!! –
Thursday- Sunday MARCH 16-19, 2023
Just Out!!: Check Out Our SBC 2023 Program Schedule
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Come study 5-string banjo in gorgeous natural surroundings with some of today’s best players and teachers. Our program features hands-on classes, demonstrations, and two big faculty concerts, and still leaves lots of time for jamming with your fellow banjo enthusiasts. Suwannee Banjo Camp offers four levels of serious instruction in clawhammer, old-time fingerpicking, and bluegrass banjo styles. We also offer full-time programs in old-time fiddle and bluegrass guitar.
Sayreville Junction Note: Clawhammer and old-time fingerpicking together are often referred to as old-time banjo.
Suwannee Banjo Camp runs straight through from Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. We offer nine class sessions — three on Friday, four on Saturday and two on Sunday. Each session is one hour and fifteen minutes long. There are staff concerts on both Friday and Saturday evenings; over the course of the weekend you’ll have the opportunity to hear our entire staff in concert. Rounding out the program are “demonstrations,” presentations, and staff-led bluegrass and old-time jams conducted at a variety of skill levels. For a full description of our program including classes, demonstrations, concerts, jams and other activities, see the Program menu item. For an overview, start with the About Our Program page.
Click to Access & Download a High Res Version of our 2019 Camp Photo, Suitable for Printing
2019 Camp Photo
Attendance Options: Full Camp vs. Weekend-Only Option
The Full Camp option starts mid-Thursday afternoon and runs through early Sunday afternoon; it includes nine hands-on class sessions and all meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. If you can’t take an extra day off, our Weekend-Only Option is for you. Weekend-Only begins with the first class Friday afternoon. Included are seven hands-on classes and all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Included in both options are the two faculty concerts, staff-led jams on Friday and Saturday evenings, and demonstrations on Friday afternoon. Rates for Full-Camp and Weekend-Only Options are on the Registration & Fees page.
Lodging Must Be Reserved Separately
You can easily commute to camp – and pay only for tuition and meals – either from home or from an area hotel or B&B. For more info, go to the Lodging page.
For descriptions of our old-time and bluegrass banjo programs, go to Classes, and then choose either the Old-Time Banjo tab or the Bluegrass Banjo tab.
Full-Time Fiddle and Guitar Tracks
For more information on our full-time programs in fiddle and guitar, go to Classes, and then choose either the Fiddle Track tab or the Guitar Track tab.
Starting and Ending Times for Full Camp and Weekend Only Option
Check-in for the full Camp Opens at 2:00 PM on Thursday March 16; hands-on classes start promptly at 9:15 AM on Friday March 17. Camp ends following lunch at 1:30 PM, Sunday March 19. Check-in for the Weekend Only Option starts at 11:00 AM Friday, March 17; your first camp meal is dinner (6:00 pm). The program begins about 1:30 pm that afternoon and continues through the morning of Sunday March 13.
Quite a number of generous students contributed to the scholarship fund last year, so we are in a position to offer several partial scholarships. We would like to particularly encourage music students under 25 to apply. We also offer a few work-trade scholarships. For more information or to apply, visit our Scholarships page.
Our 2023 Faculty
- Old-Time Banjo: Riley Baugus, Hilarie Burhans, John Herrmann, Adam Hurt, Michael Miles, Ken Perlman and Maggie Shar
- Bluegrass Banjo: Scott Anderson, Greg Cahill, Ryan Cavanaugh, Gina Furtado, James McKinney, and Alan Munde
- Fiddle: Pete Vigour (principal instructor); classes will also be taught by John Herrmann and Ellen Vigour
- Guitar: Jim Hurst (principal instructor); classes will also be taught by Michael Miles and Alan Munde
- Guest Faculty: Susie Coleman, Ellen Vigour
Photos and bios of our staff are posted on the 2023 Instructors page.
Covid Protocols as of August, 2022
(to be updated according to CDC advisories)
- You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to attend SBC
- All attendees must submit a copy of of their vaccination records
- We will adhere to the best of our ability to the latest CDC recommendations re masking and social distancing during Camp
Here is Our T-Shirt Design for 2023
Here’s our great T-shirt design for 2023, featuring our unique SBC logo and the fitting motto, “Back in Banjo Paradise.”
Pre-Ordering Is the Best Way to Get Your Shirt
We’ll have a few shirts for sale at camp, but the best way to ensure you get the size and color you want is to pre-order your shirts prior to Friday, Feb. 24 (we must place our order with the T-shirt printer on that day).
Click for colors, sizes, prices and instructions on how to obtain your shirt.