Updated: May 1, 2014

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Ken Perlman & Chuck Levy, Directors

Here are Our Dates for Next Year: March 27-29, 2015

We Hope to Announce Our 2015 Staff by the End of June;
Registration for Our Next Camp Begins in late August

Our Great New Location:
Cerveny Conference Center at Camp Weed, Live Oak, Florida

This Was Our 2014 Schedule

We offer instruction in clawhammer, old-time fingerpicking,
minstrel, and bluegrass banjo styles

We also have full-time and guitar fiddle tracks!

New!! View Videos from the SBC 2013 Faculty Concert

But wait, there's more! We offer classes in the ekonting,
a west-African banjo ancestor

This Was Our Faculty for 2014

Old-Time Banjo: Greg C. Adams, Bob Carlin, Cathy Fink, Adam Hurt,
Mark Johnson, Walt Koken, Chuck Levy, Ken Perlman

Bluegrass Banjo: Scott Anderson, Janet Beazley, Gerald Jones,
Alan Munde, Alan O'Bryant & Pete Wernick

Camp Fiddler: Clare Milliner / Camp Guitarist: Danny Smith

The SBC Extra Day runs from Thursday evening thru Friday morning,
March 26-27, 2015. Come Hang Out with the SBC Faculty

This Was Our 2014 Extra Day Schedule

This Was Our 2014 Camp

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Suwannee Banjo Camp

The Suwannee Banjo Camp has just moved to the Cerveny Conference Center at Camp Weed near Live Oak, Florida. Come study 5-string banjo with some of today's best players and teachers. Our program features hands-on classes, demonstrations, and 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, or 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.

Our old-time banjo staff for 2014 includes Greg C. Adams, Bob Carlin, Cathy Fink, Adam Hurt, Mark Johnson, Walt Koken, Chuck Levy, & Ken Perlman

Our bluegrass instructors this year are Scott Anderson, Janet Beazley, Gerald Jones, Alan Munde, Alan O'Bryant and Pete Wernick.

SBC Also offers full-time instruction in old-time fiddle and guitar.

Our principal fiddle instructor for 2014 is Clare Milliner.

The principal instructor for our brand new guitar program is Danny Smith.

For more information on our staff, see instructors' bios.

Starting and Ending Times: Registration for the regular Camp Opens 12 noon, Friday April 11; the first class is at 3:00 PM Friday. Camp ends following lunch at 1:30 PM, Sunday April 13.

Starting and Ending Times for Extra Day Registration for the Extra Day opens 3pm on Thursday, April 10; the program begins c. 5:30 pm on that day with dinner and continues through the morning of Friday, April 11.

General Program


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

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 are some videos from the 2013 SBC Faculty Concert.

Jams. 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 minstrel banjo.

Classes

Our camp is committed to offering highly specialized classes tailored to the expertise of our faculty. Almost all of our classes are "hands-on," meaning that teachers have a set of skills or a tune or two in mind to impart, and that students should have their banjos in hand during class. To give you a better idea of what we're about, here's our 2014 Schedule.

Note: Once you've registered for camp, you have complete freedom to attend any class that you wish. You do not have to sign up in advance or make any special arrangements to attend the classes of your choice. You do not have to stick to any particular genre, track, or level, but are free to make class selections as you please.

Old-Time Banjo Program

We offer four levels or tracks of instruction in old-time banjo: Novice, lower intermediate, upper intermediate, and advanced.

Novice track: The novice track in old-time banjo is for students with well under a year's playing experience. Recognizing that novices have unique learning requirements, we offer a systematic course of instruction that starts from scratch, and which is designed to impart both needed skills and effective practice-attitudes.

Lower Intermediate Track: The lower intermediate track is for those players who are above the novice level but are still in the process of mastering basic techniques. The focus here is overwhelmingly on acquiring the skills you'll need to grow as a player. Our best guess is that students who have been playing between nine months and two years will feel most comfortable here.

Upper Intermediate Track: This track is for students who have been playing at least two years. Classes in this track are not necessarily technically demanding, but they generally require that students have considerable familiarity with the instrument.

Advanced Track: These challenging classes give our instructors the opportunity to offer students the full depth of their expertise and experience.

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Bluegrass Program

We offer four levels or tracks of instruction in bluegrass banjo: novice, lower intermediate, upper intermediate, and advanced.

Novice track: The novice track in bluegrass banjo is for students with well under a year's playing experience. Recognizing that novices have unique learning requirements, we offer a systematic course of instruction that starts from scratch, and which is designed to impart both needed skills and effective practice-attitudes.

Lower Intermediate Track: The intermediate track is for those players who are above the novice level but are still in the process of mastering basic techniques. The focus here is overwhelmingly on acquiring the skills you'll need to grow as a player. This track is for students who have been playing between nine months and two years.

Upper Intermediate Track: This track is for students who have been playing at least two years. Classes in this track are not necessarily technically demanding, but they generally require that students have considerable familiarity with the instrument.

Advanced Track: These challenging classes give our instructors the opportunity to offer students the full depth of their expertise and experience.

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Old-Time Fiddle Track

Although this is primarily a banjo camp, we offer a full time Appalachian-style fiddle track with considerable appeal to serious fiddlers. Clare Milliner is our primary fiddle instructor. Some classes will also be taught by three of our banjo instructors -- Adam Hurt, Walt Koken and Chuck Levy -- who are also expert old-time fiddlers.

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New!! SBC's Guitar Track

We've offered some guitar instruction at SBC for several years, but now for the first time we've put in place a full-time program in guitar. Our principal instructor in the program is bluegrass guitarist Danny Smith; other guitar instructors will be announced later.

Demos

Some sessions during the Extra Day are devoted to demonstrations, or demos. Demos are essentially presentations or mini-performances combined with explication and Q&A sessions. They are similar to the kind of round-robin events called "workshops" at many Folk or Bluegrass Festivals. Following are a few examples of the kinds of demos we might offer:
  • Old-time finger picking styles
  • Unusual Tunings
  • Banjo-duets
  • Playing Behind a Fiddler
  • Singing with the Banjo
  • Fiddle Tunes on Banjo

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Jamming

Creating successful jams in a camp with so many banjoists takes skill and planning. To make things run as smooth as possible, we have Camp fiddlers, guitarists and a number of other guest musicians on hand to assist at our various scheduled jams. Then we try to fulfill your preferences by offering various jamming options:
  • Slow jams for relatively inexperienced players (and for others who prefer relaxed tempos)
  • "How to Jam" workshops for those who can play pretty well but just don't know how to play with others.
  • Intermediate jams: well-known tunes at moderate tempos.
  • "Intermediate & Up" Jams: for the slightly more adventurous. Instructors will may push tempos a little
    and suggest somewhat more demanding tunes, depending on the skill level of attendees.
  • Vocalists jams: for folks who like to sing (and pick at the same time)!!
  • Minstrel jams: Based on the mid-19th century minstrel-banjo repertoire.

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Our Extra Day Program

The "Extra Day" is a great, low pressure way to ease your way into Suwannee Banjo Camp; it helps you get to know both the instructors and your fellow banjo enthusiasts in a relaxed atmosphere.

On Thursday evening April 10 and Friday morning April 11, our instructors will host jam sessions, offer demonstrations, and generally be available for mingling with students. Also on the program is a student open mic, in which students can perform as soloists or in randomly assigned ensembles (some people call these "band scrambles").

To see what we have in mind, here's our 2014 Extra Day Schedule.

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The Extra Day is optional for both students and staff.

There is an additional charge for taking part in the Extra Day Program. For details, see the Tuition, Room & Board section.

Suggestions on Getting the Most from Our Program

Click here for some advice on how to get the most out of our program offerings.

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Student Comments and Camp Photos

Student Comments: Click here for student comments from our 2013 camp.

Student Comments: Click here for student comments from our 2012 camp.

Student Comments: Click here for student comments from our 2011 camp.

Student Comments: Click here for student comments from our 2010 camp.

Student Comments: Click here for student comments from our 2009 camp.

Student Comments: Click here for student comments from our 2008 camp.

Student Comments: Click here for student comments from our 2007 camp.

Click here for student comments from our 2006 camp.

Camp Photos: Click on the photo below to view a collection of photos taken during SBC 2007. Front row, L-R: Brad Leftwich, Bob Carlin, Chuck Levy, Ken Perlman, Reed Martin. Back row, L-R, Bill Keith, Mark Johnson, Bill Paine, Mary Z. Cox, Alan Jabbour.

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    Camp Photos: Click on the photo below to view a collection of photos taken during SBC 2006. L-R (Standing): Mac Benford, Alan Jabbour, Chuck Levy, Mark Johnson, Ken Perlman. Bob Carlin. L-R (Seated) Bill Paine, Fay Baird.

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    Directors

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    Ken Perlman (left) has served as music director or co-director for several banjo teaching festivals, including the American Banjo Camp, Banjo Camp North, Bath Banjo Festival, Maryland Banjo Academy, Midwest Banjo Camp, Northeast Heritage Music Camp and Suwannee Banjo Camp. He is also on the teaching staff for SBC. You can find a more detailed biography for him among the instructor and accompanist bios.

    Chuck Levy (right) is a well known Florida fiddler and banjoist. He has served as the president of the Florida State Fiddlers Association, Director of the Banjo Contest at the Florida Folk Fest and is an olditime banjo consultant to Gold Tone. He is also on the teaching staff for the SBC. You can find a more detailed biography for him among the instructor and accompanist bios.



    Instructors

    Check out our current roster, and be aware that we hope to add additional faculty members as sign ups grow.

    [greg c. adamsphoto]Greg C. Adams is an archivist (MLS), ethnomusicologist (MA), and musician who has been studying the banjo for nearly 20 years. He is a highly-acclaimed banjoist of 19th-century "minstrel" era technique (or stroke style down-picking), an accomplished player of "classic banjo" from the turn of the 20th century, and was Grand Prize winner in the old time 3-finger category at the 2009 Charlie Poole Music Festival (Eden, NC). Greg has twice traveled to West Africa to study the Jola ekonting (also akonting) (2006, 2008) and was co-recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Apprenticeship Award to study the 4-string ngoni with renowned griot Cheick Hamala Diabaté (2009). Greg is currently a processing archivist at the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage where he recently co-produced Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways. He also serves as an independent archival consultant for the Maryland State Arts Council's Maryland Traditions Program. Along with banjo scholars Bob Winans and Pete Ross, Greg is a guest curator for the 2014 exhibit entitled Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Greg's recent thesis, 19th-Century Banjos in the 21st Century: Custom and Tradition in a Modern Early Banjo Revival, is available for download on line. He plays with the band Home Front, which performs 19th-century popular music. Visit his "Banjo Man" page on the band website for more information. His personal website is www.myspace.com/banjargreg

    [scott anderson photo] Native Floridian Scott Anderson has been performing in professional bluegrass bands since the late 1980s, beginning with The Bluegrass Parlor Band. In 1993, he co-founded Endless Highway, touring the Southeast and recording one critically-acclaimed CD. Scott co-produced (with Scott Vestal) his solo project Rivers in 2001 and was featured in the November 2001 issue of Banjo Newsletter. From 2004-2006, he toured in the US and abroad as a member of The Jim Hurst Band. He currently fronts The Scott Anderson Band and plays as a duo with his daughter Amanda. In 2009 he released Another Day with daughter Amanda, and in 2011 he released his own CD Tales from the Swamp, featuring an All-Star cast. He has also performed with Claire Lynch, Vassar Clements, Clay Hess, Larry Rice, Byron Berline, Chubby Wise, Allen Shadd, the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.His website is scottandersonmusic.com

    [janet beazley photo]Janet Beazley plays banjo and sings with the California Bluegrass Band, Chris Stuart & Backcountry and in the duo, Chris Stuart & Janet Beazley. She has toured extensively with Chris Stuart & Backcountry throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East. Janet has taught bluegrass banjo, harmony singing, music theory and song writing at the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, California Bluegrass Association Music Camps, Midwest Banjo Camp, American Banjo Camp, Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week, Banjo Camp North, Munich Banjo Camp, and Sore Fingers Week in the UK. She produced and engineered all three of the Chris Stuart & Backcountry albums, as well as solo projects by Chris Stuart and flatpicking guitar virtuoso Eric Uglum. Janet Beazley’s solo CD, 5 South, spent eight months on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Survey Chart, and she was featured as the cover story in Banjo Newsletter for the December 2011 issue. She is also a specialist in early music, teaching and performing on Renaissance and Baroque instruments.

    [bob carlin photo]Bob Carlin has taken the distinctive southern banjo style to appreciative audiences all over the US, Canada and Europe and he is a three-time winner of the late Frets Magazine "Favorite Banjoist" readers poll. He has several solo recordings with Rounder Records, including Banging and Sawing, Where Did You Get That Hat?, and Fiddle Tunes For Clawhammer Banjo, in addition to which he has recorded duo CDs with Bruce Molsky and John Hartford. He also played as a regular in Hartford's band for several years prior to the latter's untimely demise. A noted teacher, Bob recorded a two volume instructional series on clawhammer for Homespun Tapes, and he has served as instructor at the American Festival of Fiddle Tunes and at the Ashoken Fiddle and Dance Camp. He started his career as sought after produce of acoustic recordings by organizing the seminal recording, Melodic Clawhammer Banjo back in the 1970s. He is also a highly regarded folklorist.

    [cathy fink photo]Cathy Fink. In 1980 Cathy Fink became the first woman to win the West Virginia State Old Time Banjo contest, an honor she earned three times. Beginning in 1984, she has taught banjo, guitar, fiddle, vocal styles and more at a number of major music camps such as Augusta Folk Heritage, the Maryland Banjo Academy, American Banjo Camp, Midwest Banjo Camp, the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Steve Kaufman's Kamp, and Swannanoa. Cathy's banjo recordings include Banjo Haiku: 26 Clawhammer Banjo Tunes, Old Time Music Party, Old Time Slow Jam" with Bruce Molsky and Marcy Marxer, and the new DVD on Homespun Tapes, Singing With the Banjo, Clawhammer Style. Cathy has won two GRAMMY awards and performs full time with Marcy Marxer. /www.cathymarcy.com

    [adam hurt photo]Adam Hurt. Deemed a "banjo virtuoso" by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt has fused several traditional old-time idioms to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style, having been introduced to the instrument at age eleven in his native Minnesota. A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center and conducted banjo workshops at many venues around the country and abroad. Since moving to North Carolina in 2002, Adam has placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions, and he has claimed several state banjo and fiddle championships. Adam's music can be heard on multiple recordings. Adam has taught at the Swannanoa Gathering, the Augusta Heritage Center, American Banjo Camp, Midwest Banjo Camp, and Appalshop, among other venues around the country. www.adamhurt.com

    [mark johnson photo]Mark Johnson: has revolutionized the art of clawhammer banjo by adapting its techniques and rhythms to the demands of playing in a bluegrass ensemble. He calls his banjo style Clawgrass. He has performed and recorded with many bluegrass and acoustic luminaries and is also a gifted teacher and songwriter. His most recent recording -- Acoustic Rising with Emory Lester, released on the Crossroads/Mt. Home Record Label -- was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in 2007 as Instrumental Album of the Year. Mark has conducted countless clawhammer workshops at bluegrass and acoustic music festivals across the country, and he continues to host an annual clawhammer banjo workshop as part of the IBMA Fanfest in Nashville, Tennessee.

    [gerald jones photo]Gerald Jones, life-long Texan, has been involved with the performing, production and teaching of music for over 30 years. He's a skilled player in many different styles including bluegrass, western swing, country, classical, jazz, and Polish war hymns... He's played or recorded with with Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor, Mark O'Connor, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Hank Thompson, Red Steagall, Jerry Douglas, Junior Brown and many more. He's the editor of Mel Bay's webzine Banjo Sessions (http://BanjoSessions.com), and is a frequent contributor to Joe Carr's Mandolin Sessions. Gerald invented the Acoustic Plus pickup used by Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Alan Munde, Bill Keith and many other great banjo players. Gerald is also a favorite instructor at many bluegrass and roots music camps around the nation, teaching banjo, mandolin, and many special topics such as "Jam Survival Skills." Joe Carr said of Gerald, "students love him because he jams a lot with them and teaches as much out of class as in!"

    [walt koken photo]Walt Koken started playing banjo in 1959. He joined the Busted Toe Mudthumpers in the late 1960s. In 1969, after losing his friend George Dorian - the fiddler of the Mudthumpers - in a car accident, he took up the fiddle in earnest. In 1972 he formed the well known Highwoods Stringband, in which he played fiddle. Highwoods toured the US as well as Latin America and Europe, and recorded three LPs on Rounder Records. In the 1990’s he began producing CD’s of his own banjo playing, featuiring traditional and original tunes and songs. Two of these recordings appeared on Rounder and one was released on his own Mudthumper label. In 2003 he produced a fiddle/banjo duet CD, Just Tunes, with his partner, fiddler Clare Milliner. The next year, Walt and Clare teamed up with Pete Peterson and Kellie Allen to form the Orpheus Supertones Stringband. The Supertones recorded two CDs on Mudthumper, and recently they released a third CD which also included bass player Hilary Dirlam. Walt has also released his latest banjo CD, Sittin’ in the Catbird’s Seat. In 2011, Walt and Clare released a comprehensive volume called The Milliner – Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes, which features Clare's transcriptions of 1404 tunes.

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    Chuck Levy has been declared both Florida's Old-Time Banjo Champ and its old-time Fiddle Champ. He is equally at home on the fiddle, the 5 and 6 string banjos (five strings plus a short string), whether fretted or fretless, playing clawhammer, 2 finger up-picking, or minstrel styles. Chuck also plays the akonting (ekonting), an African ancestor to the banjo, which he studied in The Gambia and Senegal. Chuck directs and teaches at SBC and the Stephen Foster Old-Time Music Weekend, and also has taught at the Mars Hill Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week. He is the founder and past president of the Florida Banjo Society and a past president of the Florida State Fiddlers Association. Chuck teaches fiddle and banjo in Gainesville, Florida. Chuck is a consultant and endorsed artist for Gold Tone, which designed the OT-6, a 6-string banjo, to his specifications. His website is www.banjourneys.com.

    [clare milliner photo]Clare Milliner. Clare’s Mom made sure all four of her kids played some instrument. She started playing piano at age four and violin at eight, and went on to major in music in college. Despite all the musical training, she was able to learn how to play the fiddle sometime in the early 80s and has been doing so happily ever since. Clare has taught fiddle for a number of years at Mars Hill and other workshops around the country as well as in England. She has recorded a CD of fiddle/banjo duets with Walt Koken called Just Tunes and has recorded three other CDs with the Orpheus Supertones Old Time Stringband. With Walt, she transcribed 1404 fiddle tunes from the original sources and compiled them in a ground-breaking book, The Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes.

    [Alan Munde photo]Alan Munde needs no introduction to long-time Bluegrass fans. From his early creative work with Sam Bush in Poor Richard's Almanac to his traditional bluegrass apprenticeship with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys to his 21-year stint anchoring the landmark Country Gazette, Alan has blazed a trail as one of the most innovative and influential banjo players of all time. Along the way, Alan also recorded and contributed to numerous instrumental recordings, including the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year -- Knee Deep in Bluegrass. Alan has supplemented his recorded work with several instructional publications for the banjo; from 1986-2006 he taught Bluegrass and Country Music at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. For more on Alan's career click here.

    [alan o'bryant photo]Alan O'Bryant is best known as a singer, songwriter and banjo player with The Nashville Bluegrass Band. Originally from from Reidsville NC, his career in Nashville spans some thirty plus years of recording, producing, publishing and performing worldwide. He has taught classes on such topics as banjo technique, instrument set-up, and band performance dynamics at such venues as American Banjo Camp (Nordland, WA), Augusta Heritage Center(Elkins WV), Midwest Banjo Camp (Olivet, MI), Nashcamp (Cumberland Furnace, TN), Rocky Grass Academy (Lyons, CO), and Wintergrass Academy (Tacoma WA). Besides playing with the Nashville Bluegrass Band and hanging out in his home studio, Alan currently enjoys pickin’ with his two sons Calan and Ian, and learning old time tunes on the mandolin and five string banjo. He teaches privately at the Fiddle & Pick Music School near his home in Pegram, TN.

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    Ken Perlman. Perhaps the best-known exponent of the "melodic" clawhammer style, Ken is known wherever banjos are played as a master of clawhammer technique and an expert teacher of clawhammer mechanics. He has been a Banjo Newsletter columnist for over 25 years; he has written several books on clawhammer instruction including the well known works Melodic Clawhammer Banjo and Clawhammer Style Banjo , and he has recorded several series of audio and video banjo instruction. He has taught at well over a score of banjo and general music camps including the American Banjo Camp, Banjo Camp North, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Common Ground on the Hill, Maryland Banjo Academy, Midwest Banjo Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Smokey Mountain Banjo Academy, the Swannanoa Gathering and the Tennessee Banjo Institute. His most recent recording -- a duo project with fiddler Alan Jabbour -- is called Southern Summits. His most recent solo recording is Northern Banjo, and his most recent book is Everything You Wanted to Know About Clawhammer Banjo . For more on Ken, go to his website, www.kenperlman.com

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    Danny Smith is our principal guitar instructor for 2014. He is a South Georgia based multi-instrumentalis, playing guitar, mandolin and bass primarily, and occasionally also banjo and fiddle. His musical experiences have ranged from Southern Rock to Country Music and Southern Gospel, to Contemporary Bluegrass. During the 1990s, Danny played mandolin and guitar with several local groups at festivals and churches in the South Georgia and North Florida area. He now plays regularly with Gentle River out of Jacksonville, FL and the Gainesville, FL based Scott Anderson Band. His website is crosspickingmusic.com.



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    Pete Wernick is renowned worldwide for his accomplishments and contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize. He is also a respected author and teacher, songwriter, and long-term President of the International Bluegrass Music Association. Petes' instructional books, CDs and videos include best-sellers in their respective fields: Bluegrass Banjo, Bluegrass Songbook, How to Make a Band Work, and many others. A pioneer in bluegrass music instruction, since 1980 his banjo camps, bluegrass jam camps, and clinics have inspired players nationwide and overseas. In 1990, Hot Rize was the first recipient of the IBMA's coveted "Entertainer of the Year" award; the band received a Grammy nomination the folliwng year. After Hot Rize disbanded as a full-time unit, Pete joined forces with such cutting-edge musicians as Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Jeff White, Chris Thile, Peter Rowan, and Jerry Douglas. His 1993 solo album On a Roll (Sugar Hill), won high praise, and saw and the debut of his innovative bluegrass/early jazz band, the Live Five, later renamed FLEXIGRASS. Pete has Pete is based in Niwot, Colorado; he now and tours and records with the traditional bluegrass band Long Road Home, with his wife Joan in a duet, and with Pete Wernick & FLEXIGRASS. He recently assisted on Steve Martin's Grammy-winning banjo album, "The Crow." www.petewernick.com

    Logistics

    Location: The camp has just moved to Cerveny Conference Center at Camp Weed, located in Live Oak, Florida.

    Air Travel: Live Oak is in northern Florida, rougly equidistant from Tallahassee and Jacksonville. The nearest airports
    are in Tallahassee and Jacksonville. (It's a little under one and a half hours to our site from either Jacksonville or Tallahassee).

    Road Travel: Live Oak is not far from the intersection of I-75 and I-10 in North-Central Florida. That's about a 4.5 hour drive south of Atlanta, and a 3.5 hour drive north of Orlando.

    Tuition, Room & Board

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    Tuition. Our tuition rate for the regular Camp is $400. This rate which covers tuition and our meal plan, but does NOT include lodging. For lodging options and rates see various Accommodations.

    Deposits. Until Feb. 1, 2014 you may reserve a spot at Camp with a $100 deposit. After Feb. 1, 2014 all new registrations must be accompanied by full tuition payments.

    Tuition Balances. All tuition balances must by paid in full by Feb. 1, 2014.

    Tuition Rate for the Extra Day. Our Extra Day program costs only $115. This price includes tuition and three meals: from Thursday dinner through Friday lunch. For Extra Day lodging options and rates see various Accommodations.

    Meal Plan for the Regular Camp. Our catered meal plan for the regular camp covers all meals from dinner on Friday, April 11 through lunch on Sunday, April 13. All meals will be prepared by the outstanding Cerveny Dining Facility. There will routinely be omnivore and vegetarian options at each meal. Cerveny can also provide vegan meals, and provide meals for those with restricted or special diets. Please let us know on the registration form under "special needs" if you require a special diet plan. Students may opt out of the regular camp meal plan only by special request.

    Note: the regular camp meal plan does NOT include Friday lunch, but Friday lunch may now be added as an option (see below).

    Meal Plan for the Extra Day. All meals from dinner on Thursday evening through lunch on Friday are provided by the Cerveny Dining Facility.

    Friday Lunch. The regular camp meal plan begins with Friday dinner. However, students registered only for the regular camp may now opt in to the catered Friday lunch provided for our Extra Day participants. The cost is $13.50 per person. Just check the appropriate blank on the registration form. Note: If you're registered for the Extra Day, Friday lunch is already included.

    Vegetarian vs. vegan. For those unsure of the distinction, entrees classed as "vegetarian" often contain dairy products such as milk or cheese. Vegan meals contain no animal products whatsoever.

    Non-playing spouses, Chaperones and companions. We offer a special arrangement for non-playing spouses, chaperones and companions of registered students. The spouse/companion/chaperone pays half the price of the regular tuition rate ($200) plus the full rate for their selected lodging option (see Accommodations). The special tuition rate entitles spouses/companions/chaperones to the full meal plan and access to demonstrations and concerts. They may not attend classes.

    Non-playing spouses/companions and the Extra Day. Again, non-playing spouses, companions and chaperones of registered students pay a reduced tuition fee ($75) plus the full rate for their selected lodging option (see Accommodations). The special tuition rate entitles spouses/companions/chaperones to the full meal plan and access to all Extra Day programs.

    Note: All Non-playing spouses/companions residing at Cerveny must register for SBC regardless of their housing option and regardless of whether they eat with us or participate in SBC activities. If your spouse/companion plans to simply stay in an RV or tent through the weekend without signing up for meals, attending concerts or having any other contact with the camp, they will be assessed a "use fee" of $35 per day.

    Students Under 18. Minor students may attend SBC if accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Parents must sign a permissions form that allows their child to attend (please contact us and ask us to send a Youth Permissions Form). If a non-parent acts as "guardian" at Camp they must have signed permission to do so from a parent. Parents or Camp-Guardians may register as students, but if they do not wish to fully participate in Camp they may register for SBC at the "non-playing spouse/companion" rate (see above).

    Note: We may need to limit the number of spouses and companions. If we begin to run out of space for additional registrants at Camp, we reserve the right to prioritize the admission of regular students.

    Accommodations

    On-Site Accommodations. Students have several lodging options at Cerveny. At Cerveny, we have room for all students to stay on site and we strongly encourage all students to stay on site.

    Off-Site Accommodations. Students may elect to stay off-site at a private home or motel/hotel, and come to camp as commuters.

    Here are the lodging options at Camp Weed (Note: All prices include Florida state tax):

    • Guest Rooms. We have a limited number of double-occupancy rooms in a motel-like facilities right on site. Because there are only a limited number, and we expect demand to be high, we do not offer a single occupancy option (you may suggest a roomate or we will assign you one). The cost per night for staying in the guest rooms is 41.25 per person (including state tax).
    • Cabins. We have plenty of beds in modern cabins that have heat, a/c, and indoor plumbing. Each cabin will have a minimum occupancy of six students and a maximum occupancy of nine students. The cost per night for staying in the cabins is $33 per person (including state tax).
    • RV hookups. We have a limited number of RV hookups available. The cost per night of staying in one of the RV hookup sites is $29 per RV/camper vehicle (including state tax).
    • Tent camping. We have plenty of space available for tent-camping. The cost per night for staying on site in a tent is $16 per tent (including state tax).

    Lodging Price Menu (All prices include state tax):

    • Guest Rooms, single occupancy, per person. Regular Camp only: $165; Regular Camp plus Extra Day: 247.50
    • Guest Rooms*, double occupancy per person. Regular Camp only: $82.50; Regular Camp plus Extra Day: $123.75
    • Cabins, per person. Regular Camp only: $66; Regular Camp plus Extra Day: $99
    • RV Hookups, per vehicle. Regular Camp only: $58; Regular Camp plus Extra Day: $87
    • Tent Camping, per tent: Regular Camp only: $32; Regular Camp plus Extra Day: $48

    * Note: For double occupancy guest rooms, you may select a roomate or we will assign you one.

    Special Note: Spouses or companions staying on site who are NOT registered for our program will be assessed a "use fee" of $35 per day (that is, $70 for the regular camp and $105 for the regular camp plus Extra Day). Students registered for the regular camp who wish to stay on site Thursday night WITHOUT registering for the Extra Day will be assessed a "use fee" of $35 for Thursday.

    Arranging for Accomodations: Arrange for all on site accommodations with us. Just check the appropraite "boxes" on the registration form, and send payment in with your tuition.

    Reserve Guest Rooms and RV Spots early. We expect these will go very quickly! There is plenty of room in the cabins, but if we start to run low we'll publicize that on this site.

    Couples in the Cabins. Depending on availability Couples who want privacy may reserve a Guest Room or stay in the Campground. It is unlikely that there will be much in the way of privacy available in the cabins. Couples who require more privacy than we can provide are encouraged to stay off site.

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    Off-site Accomodations. There are four sizable motels right in Live Oak Florida (see listing below). In addition, quite a number of motels, etc. are to be found in and around Lake City, Florida, which is less than half an hour away.

    Motels right in Live Oak, FL

    • Econo Lodge: 386 362-7459
    • Holiday Inn Express 386 362- 2600
    • Sunshine Inn 386 362-7828
    • Best Western Suwannee River Inn 386 362-6000

    Note: Because there are sometimes large regional events in Aptil that draw crowds (such as stock car races), be sure to make your motel reservations early.

    Logistical Advice: For advice on finding the site, climate-appropriate dress, bedding, what to bring, etc. click here! Please be sure to read this advice prior to coming to camp!

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    Registration and Payment Information

    Registration: You must register to attend Suwannee Banjo Camp. To register, just print out the registration form , fill it in, and send it with payment to the address indicated. You can also register by fax or on line. Note that we also ask you to fill in a questionnaire about your interests and playing background that will help us design the Camp.

    About the Registration Questions. We ask about your interests and playing background on the Registration Form to help us plan the camp. Your responses do NOT commit you to take any particular class or pursue any particular level of instruction.

    Payments: Until Feb. 1, 2014, you may reserve a place at camp either by paying full tuition, or by paying a a deposit of $100. After midnight on Feb. 1, 2014 all new registrations must be accompanied by payment of full tuition. You may register right up until the start of camp, depending on space.

    Special Instructions for Registering April 1 or later. Please do NOT send registration forms or checks to us via US Mail on or after Tuesday April 1. Beginning April 1, send all registrations via email -- either accompanied by your credit card information, or by a message letting us know that you will bring a check to Camp. You may also both register and pay at camp, but if that is your intention please email us to let us know you are coming, or call us at 781 316 5564.

    Tuition Balances: All those who have reserved a space with a deposit, must send in the remainder of their tuition by Feb. 1, 2014. Again, all new registrations made after that date must be accompanied by payment of full tuition.

    Refunds: There is no penalty for cancellation until March 1, 2014. Students who cancel after that date will have $75 deducted from their tuition or deposit refunds. Students who cancel on or after April 10, 2014 (or who simply fail to appear at camp) will have $150 deducted from their tuition or deposit refunds, except in the event of serious illness or family emergency.

    SBC Work Study Program: We offer a few work-scholarships each year. The deal is as follows: we offer $150 off your tuition in exchange for 7-10 hours of work. Among the jobs you might be assigned to are helping with set-up and registration, assisting at the camp store and at meal times, serving as "go-fers," and (especially) being on call for helping to clean up the site at the end of camp. Be prepared to appear on site about an hour before check-in and to remain on site to help with cleanup for at least a couple of hours after the conclusion of Camp. Applicants should be physically fit, and should be unable to afford coming to camp without the scholarship. We would particularly like to encourage those under 25 to take advantage up this plan. If you are interested, please contact us and describe your situation. We reserve the right to discontinue this offer once we figure we have enough people signed up.

    On-line Payment: See registration form .

    Click to download a Suwannee Banjo Camp flyer

    Photo Credits

    - View of the Santa Fe River at top of page: Karen Jabbour
    - Photos on this page from 2006, and photos on
    photo page 1: Margo Rosenbaum
    - All photos on this page from 2007 and all photos on photo page 2007: John Malinowski
    - All photos on photo page 2: Jane Perry-Camp

    Send email to SBC Directors Ken and Chuck


    Here's our Group Photo from the 2008 Camp

    [camp photo, '08]