Suwannee Banjo Camp dates for 2017:
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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.
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.
- 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)
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.