* * SUWANNEE BANJO CAMP * *
Dates for Next Camp:
Thursday – Sunday MARCH 10-13, 2022
SBC 2022 Is Now Open for Registration;
Sign Up Today!!
We Expect to Hold the 2022 Camp “In-Person”
but Are Prepared to Move Back Online if Necessary
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, bluegrass guitar and – just recently added – bluegrass mandolin.
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.
This Was Our Schedule for SBC 2021 Online
This Was Our In-Person Schedule for SBC 2020
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, Guitar & Mandolin Tracks
For more information on our full-time programs in fiddle, guitar and mandolin, go to Classes, and then choose either the Fiddle Track tab, the Guitar Track tab, or the Mandolin 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 10; hands-on classes start promptly at 9:15 AM on Friday March 12. Camp ends following lunch at 1:30 PM, Sunday March 13. Check-in for the Weekend Only Option starts at 11:00 AM Friday, March 11; 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.
Our 2022 Faculty
- Old-Time Banjo: Paul Brown, Adam Hurt, Terri McMurray, Michael Miles, Ken Perlman and Maggie Shar
- Bluegrass Banjo: Scott Anderson, Greg Cahill, Gina Furtado, Gabe Hirshfeld, James McKinney, and Alan Munde
- Fiddle: Pete Vigour (principal instructor); classes will also be taught by Paul Brown, Adam Hurt, and Ellen Vigour
- Guitar: Jim Hurt (principal instructor); classes also be taught by Alan Munde and others
- Mandolin: Mike Compton (principal instructor); classes will also be taught by others TBA
- Guest Faculty: Ellen Vigour and Others TBA
Photos and bios of our staff are posted on the 2021 Instructors page.
- 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 also adhere to the best of our ability to the latest CDC recommendations re masking and social distancing during Camp.
- Here is a more complete statement of our SBC Health Protocol for 2022.
This Was Our T-Shirt (and Tote Bag) Design for 2020
This was our cool 2020 design: a photo capturing the beautiful lake (at Cerveny Conference Center) at Sunrise, framed by – what else! – a 5-string banjo rim.