~ About Our Next Banjo Camp ~

MARCH 12-15, 2020

The Latest
CAMP NEWS

  • (2/22/20). We still have room for more students. New students can register right up to the start of Camp. We recommend that last-minute registrants give us a heads up via email, or text the director at 781-316-5564.
  • (2/22/20). Check out our 2020 T-Shirt design at the bottom of welcome page . For the first time, the design is now available on 13″x17″ canvas tote bags. It’s too late to pre-order, but we’ll have a few extra shirts and totes available at Camp.
  • (1/31/20) We are now recommending that all lodging reservations and balance payments be made directly by phone to Cerveny Conference Center (386-364-5250). The lodging app on their website has been incorrectly stating that all lodging is full (there’s actually plenty of room . . .)
  • (1/29/20) Meredith McIntosh of Asheville will be joining us as a guest musician. She will also teach a class on using Alexander Technique to promote musician wellness.
  • (1/21/20) Gold Tone Banjos has donated a BG-150F Resonator Banjo to SBC; it will be auctioned at camp; proceeds go to the scholarship fund. Gold Tone comes to SBC every year with a display of their products; they will also set up or repair the instruments you have with you.
  • (12/16/19). The SBC 2020 Schedule Has Been Posted. Our 2020 schedule, including all classes, demonstrations, concerts & faculty led jams is now available. Check it out today!!
  • (11/20/19). Important Note on Lodging. Although we still have plenty of room in the cabins, RV park, and campground, all the onsite motel-level “Guest Rooms” have now been reserved. To get on the guest room waiting list and for other lodging options, see the Lodging page.

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* * SUWANNEE BANJO CAMP * *

Dates: MARCH 12-15, 2020

We Still Have Room; Sign Up Today!!

Check Out Our 2020 SBC Schedule 

 Click for Important Notes on Lodging

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.

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.

Just Posted, Our 2020 SBC PROGRAM SCHEDULE

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 in Camp Tuition & Fees.

Lodging Must Be Reserved Separately

Lodging must be reserved and paid for directly through our host, Cerveny Conference Center. For lodging options and lodging reservation instructions, see the Lodging page.

Important Note on Lodging. We have plenty of room in the Cabins, RV Park, & Camp Ground but as of 11/20/19 all Guest Rooms have been reserved. To get on the guest room waiting list, and for other options and instructions, see the Lodging page.

Please Read This Before Reserving Lodging or Paying Your Lodging Balance! Here’s the best procedure for now. After you register for camp, contact the Cerveny conference Center directly by phone (386-364-5250). to arrange for your on-site lodging. Simply ask to reserve the type of lodging you prefer. Your options are: cabin bunk, RV site, and tent camping (and  guest room waiting list).  Lodging types are described on our accommodations page.

NOTE: DO NOT  USE THE LODGING APP ON THE CERVENY CONFERENCE CENTER WEBSITE. IT HAS BEEN INCORRECTLY INDICATING THAT ALL LODGING IS FULL.

Commuting

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.

Banjo Classes

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 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.

Location

Suwannee Banjo Camp takes place at beautiful Cerveny Conference Center at Camp Weed in Live Oak, Florida. For more info, visit the Cerveny Conference Center website.

Starting and Ending Times for Full Camp and Weekend Only Option

Check-in for the full Camp Opens at 3:00 PM on Thursday March 12; hands-on classes start promptly at 9:15 AM on Friday March 13. Camp ends following lunch at 1:30 PM, Sunday March 15. Check-in for the Weekend Only Option starts at 11:00 AM Friday, March 13; 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 15.

This Is Our 2020 Faculty

  • Old-Time Banjo: Paul Brown, John Herrmann, Terri McMurray,  Joe Newberry, Ken Perlman, and Lukas Pool
  • Bluegrass Banjo: Scott Anderson, Bill Evans, Casey Henry, Ned Luberecki, Alan Munde, and Jeff Scroggins
  • Fiddle: Pete Vigour (principal instructor); classes will also be taught by Paul Brown and John Herrmann
  • Guitar: Jim Hurst (principal instructor);  classes  also be taught by Alan Munde & Joe Newberry
  • Guest Faculty: Susie Coleman, Ellen Vigour, and Others TBA

Photos and bios of our staff are posted on the 2020 Instructors page.

Just Out! SBC’s T-Shirt Design for 2020

Here’s our cool 2020 design: a photo capturing our beautiful lake at Sunrise, framed by – what else! – a 5-string  banjo rim. Standard shirt sizes run S-3X; women’s cut shirts run S-2X. Color options for standard shirts are Carolina blue, light pink and pistachio; color options for women’s cut shirts are Carolina blue, light pink and “key lime.”

Click on the photo to see the design in detail. Click for mock ups of all the color options.

New this year. Check out the same design on our 13″ x 17″ canvas tote bag in natural color or tan.