Suwannee Banjo Camp dates for 2016:

March 18-20

[Click on the thumbnail below for clear, full-sized version of 2015 Camp Photo]



Camp News & Updates

We Still Have Room at SBC; Sign Up Today!

Assume that we still have room unless we post otherwise.

Good News on Cabin Residency

We have gotten permission from our site to assign no more than six students to any one cabin (previously, the maximum was set at nine). This should give all cabin residents a little more elbow room!

Now Available!! Our Latest 2016 Class Schedule

Click to check out the revised 2016 Class Schedule.

Wayne Rogers of Gold Tone Banjos Returns to SBC

Wayne Rogers, president of Gold Tone Banjos will be at SBC on Saturday March 19. He will give a presentation on banjo set-up at 2PM, and be available to evaluate and improve the set-up of your instrument during the Saturday Free Period. He will also display the latest Gold Tone line.

Gold Tone BC-350+ to Be Auctioned Off at Camp

Gold Tone Banjos has donated a BC 350+ to be auctioned off at Camp. This is the top of the line Bob Carlin open back model. Proceeds go to the SBC scholarship fund.

Guest Instructors & Special Classes at SBC

We have several guest instructors and music assistants at SBC this year, many of whom will be offering topics in the “special classes” track. To view their bios, go to the instructors page and click on the guest instructors tab. Briefly (and in alphabetical order) Mickey Abraham will teach a mandolin class; Susie Coleman (also our webmaster) will assist at jams, Terri McMurray will teach a uke class and assist at jams, Dave Para will teach a couple of guitar classes and assist at jams, Tom Piazza will give a presentation re his new novel, and Niki Portmann will teach both a bass class and a “sound reinforcement class,” and assist at jams.

Two Youth Scholarships Available

As of Feb. 3, we now have some money in the scholarship “kitty” due to a very kind donation from one of our students. Check out the “Scholarships” tab for instructions on how to apply.

Just Posted! Our Extra-Day Schedule for 2016

Click to check out this year’s Extra Day Schedule 2016

Update on Accommodations

As of today (Feb. 3), all “guest rooms” (motel-level accommodations) are full. There’s plenty of other lodging available on site, however. We also maintain a waiting list for the guest rooms. Click for details.

Change in the Fiddle Program

Principal old-time fiddle instructor Alan Jabbour has had to withdraw from SBC 2016 due to illness. His role at camp this year will be filled by the great West Virginia fiddler Bobby Taylor. For details on Alan’s situation, and for Bobby’s bio go to the Instructors’ page and select the Fiddle tab.

Correction re Tony Trischka’s Schedule

Contrary to what was previously stated on his bio page, Tony will actually will be at SBC for the entire 2016 Camp, including the Extra Day.

Come study 5-string banjo 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. SBC offers serious instruction in clawhammer, old-time fingerpicking, and bluegrass banjo styles. In addition, we offer introductions to both minstrel banjo and the west-African banjo ancestor known as akonting (ekonting) If you don’t have your own ekonting, contact us ahead of time and instruments can be provided.

Note: Clawhammer and old-time fingerpicking together are often referred to as old-time banjo.

Fiddle & Guitar Tracks

SBC also offers full-time tracks in fiddle and guitar! For more information, click on the Classes menu item.

The SBC Extra Day

Come a day early, take in some low-pressure activities and hang out with the Faculty! For more information, click on the Extra Day menu item.


Suwannee Banjo Camp takes place at beautiful Cerveny Conference Center in Live Oak, Florida. For more info, click on the “Our New Location” menu item, or visit the Cerveny Conference Center website.

Class Sessions

SBC offers eight class sessions over the course of the weekend — two on Friday, four on Saturday and two on Sunday. Each session is one hour and fifteen minutes long.


Orientation takes place on Friday afternoon prior to the start of the first class.

2016 Faculty

  • Old-Time Banjo:  Cathy Barton Para, Mac Benford, Paul Brown, Adam Hurt, Brad Leftwich, Chuck Levy and Ken Perlman
  • Bluegrass Banjo: Scott Anderson, Janet Beazley, Ned Luberecki, James McKinney, Alan Munde and Tony Trischka
  • Camp Fiddler: Bobby Taylor
  • Camp Guitarist: Stephen Mougin
  • Guest Faculty: Susie Coleman (guitar); Terri McMurray (banjo uke); Dave Para (guitar); Tom Piazza (novelist); and Niki Portmann (bass)

Faculty Concerts

We have two faculty concerts at SBC — one on Friday and the other on Saturday evening. During the course of SBC you’ll have an opportunity to hear our entire staff in concert. To get the idea of what to expect, here is a selection of videos from past SBC Faculty Concerts.


Staff-led jams at different levels are held following each faculty concert for bluegrass and old-time banjo. We also feature jams for vocalists and other specialized interests.

Starting and Ending Times

Check-in for the regular Camp Opens 12 noon, Friday March 18; the first class is at 3:00 PM Friday. Camp ends following lunch at 1:30 PM, Sunday March 20.

Starting and Ending Times for Extra Day

Check-in for the Extra Day opens 3pm on Thursday, March 17; dinner is at 5:30 pm. The program begins about 7pm that evening and continues through the morning of Friday, March 18.