* * SUWANNEE BANJO CAMP * *
Next Dates: MARCH 11-14, 2021
We’ll Open for Registration towards the end of August; Check Back Then!!
This Was Our 2020 SBC Schedule
New This Year at SBC: Our First Full-Time Program in
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 – new this year – 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 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
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 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.
Our 2021 Faculty
- Old-Time Banjo: Riley Baugus, Allison de Groot, John Herrmann, Chuck Levy, Joe Newberry, and Ken Perlman
- Bluegrass Banjo: Scott Anderson, Greg Cahill, Gina Furtado, James McKinney, Alan Munde, and Jeff Scroggins
- Fiddle: Pete Vigour (principal instructor); classes will also be taught by John Herrmann
- Guitar: Jim Hurst (principal instructor); classes also be taught by Alan Munde & Joe Newberry
- Mandolin: Mike Compton; classes will also be taught by others TBA
- Guest Faculty: Susie Coleman, Ellen Vigour, and Others TBA
Photos and bios of our staff are posted on the 2021 Instructors page.
This Was Our T-Shirt (and Tote Bag) Design for 2020
This was our cool 2020 design: a photo capturing our beautiful lake at Sunrise, framed by – what else! – a 5-string banjo rim. Our 2021 design will appear some time in January.