* * SUWANNEE BANJO CAMP * *
Dates for next camp: MARCH 12-15, 2020
Register for Our 2020 Camp
Click for Important Note on Lodging (as of 11/20/19)
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.
This was our 2019 SBC PROGRAM SCHEDULE
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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
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.
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 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.
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.
SBC’s 2019 T-Shirt Design
This was our 2019 design; aptly featuring an egret flying against a background of Spanish moss (this is a common sight at Camp; admittedly it is less common to see the egret carrying a banjo. . .). Look for our 2020 design in early January