~ About Our Next Banjo Camp ~

Dates for Next Camp:

MARCH 14-17, 2024

The Latest
CAMP NEWS

  • Gold Tone Banjos has just donated an OB2 Bowtie Resonator Banjo to SBC. The instrument will find a new home at camp via silent auction, with proceeds going to our scholarship fund.
  • 1/24/24. A team from Gold Tone Banjos will join us on Saturday March 15 to display their line of instruments and offer fretted instrument setup and repair services. Gold Tone President Wayne Rogers will also offer a special class on banjo setup and repair.
  • 1/23/24. The on site “Guest Rooms” (motel level rooms) are now all booked. There is still plenty of alternative lodging availableat Camp in the cabins, RV and tenting areas. If you prefer Guest-Room-level accommodations you can get on the Guest Room waiting list or reserve hotel or air bnb lodging in the area. For more details go to the lodging page.
  • 1/20/24. Niki Portmann will be joining us as a guest instructor and accompanist. She will teach a single bass class on Saturday, “Get Started Playing Bass.”
  • 1/15/24. We have reserved a block of rooms with a special rate at Holiday Inn & Suites in Live Oak. The block is guaranteed only until Feb. 14. For more details see the “Off-Site Accommodations” section of the Lodging page.
  • 12/21/23. Our T-shirt and tote bag design for 2024 has just been posted. To view and get more info, go to the welcome page and scroll to the bottom. To order go directly to our sales platform.
  • 11/30/23. Our 2024 Program Schedule featuring all classes, demos, concerts & jams has been posted. Click here to view!!

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Dates: Thursday – Sunday MARCH 14-17, 2024

Just Posted: The Suwannee Banjo Camp 2024 Program Schedule

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.

Here is our 2024 Suwannee Banjo Camp Program Schedule

The SBC 2023 Camp Photo

2023 Photo

Click to Access & Download a High Res Version of our 2023 Camp Photo, Suitable for Printing

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

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.

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 and 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 2:00 PM on Thursday March 14; hands-on classes start promptly at 9:15 AM on Friday March 15. Camp ends following lunch at 1:30 PM, Sunday March 17. Check-in for the Weekend Only Option starts at 11:00 AM Friday, March 15; 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 17.

Scholarships

We are usually in a position to offer several partial scholarships. We would like to particularly encourage music students under 25 to apply. We also offer a few work-trade scholarships. For more information or to apply, visit our Scholarships page.

This is Our 2024 Faculty

  • Old-Time Banjo: Paula Bradley, Hilarie Burhans, Frank Evans, Adam Hurt,  Ken Perlman, and Maggie Shar
  • Bluegrass Banjo: Scott Anderson, BB Bowness, Greg Cahill, James McKinney, Alan Munde, and Tony Trischka
  • Fiddle: Erynn Marshall (principal instructor); classes will also be taught by Adam Hurt and others TBA
  • Guitar: Jim Hurst (principal instructor); classes will also be taught by Alan Munde and others TBA

Photos and bios of our 2024 staff are posted on the Instructors page.

Covid Protocol as of Dec. 2023

  • We strongly recommend that all attendees be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and continue to get annual boosters as recommended by the CDC and medical community.
  • We will also follow common sense precautions re Covid testing, masking, and social distancing.
  • We reserve the right to ask all attendees to take a home Covid test before setting off for Camp (anyone who tests positive should of course stay home)

Here’s Our 2024 T-Shirt & Tote Bag Design

Here is our great T-shirt – and tote bag – design for 2024, featuring our beautiful White Lake at sunrise (viewable from the glass wall of our Dining Room), a banjo, and a majestic avian visitor.

T-shirts are available in both standard cut and ladies’ cut. Standard cut colors are Carolina Blue and “Prairie Dust”; ladies’ cut colors are Carolina Blue & “Mauvelous.” Sizes available in both cuts are S,M,L,XL & XXL; XXXL is available in standard cut only.

100% cotton tote bags are available in both natural and tan.

Click to Order Your T-Shirts or Totes

Click on the photo to see the design in more detail