~ About Our Next Banjo Camp ~

Dates for Next Camp:

MARCH 10-13, 2022

The Latest
CAMP NEWS

  • 3/21/21. Dates for next camp have been posted. We hope the next Camp will be in person, but will of course follow safety guidelines. Our next in person camp, may well also feature an online component. Stay posted!
  • 3/8/21. Concert Lineups for both nights of Camp have been posted. To view them, click here.
  • 3/5/21. All Attendees Take Note: the Shift from Eastern Standard to Daylight Time Occurs 2:00 AM on Sunday March 14 (Right in the Middle of Camp!)
  • 2/24/21. Jam leaders for our slow and “regular” bluegrass and old-time jams have just been posted for both days. Check them out on the SBC Program Schedule.
  • 2/11/21. We’ve just posted beginner videos for on the website: Intro to the Banjo; Intro to Clawhammer Banjo, and Intro to Bluegrass Banjo. To check out the links, go to Banjo Camp Classes, then select the tabs for either old-time classes or bluegrass banjo classes.
  • 1/22/21. Kristin Scott-Benson (Sunday only) and Grace van’t Hof (Saturday only) have joined the SBC Bluegrass banjo staff. Their photos and bios are now up on the Instructors page. Their class topics will be posted shortly.

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Dates for Next Camp: Thursday – Sunday
MARCH 10-13, 2022

We Expect to Hold the 2022 Camp “In-Person” at
Cerveny Conference Center in Live Oak, Florida;
but Are Prepared to Move Back Online if Necessary 

SBC 2022 Will Open for Registrations
in Mid-to-Late August;
Please Check Back Then

We’ll Announce in August How We’ll Conduct SBC 2022

This Was our Schedule for SBC 2021 Online 

Check Out Student Comments for Our 2021 Online Camp

Come study 5-string banjo online with some of today’s best players and teachers. Our program features hands-on classes, plus faculty concerts and instructor-led jams. Suwannee Banjo Camp offers four levels of serious instruction in both clawhammer and bluegrass banjo styles. We also offer some instruction in old-time fingerpicking and 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 2021 Online begins at 10:00 AM (Eastern Time) on Saturday morning March 13 and concludes at 10:00 PM Eastern on Sunday March 14. We offer ten class sessions —  five each on Saturday and Sunday — with ten class options offered per session. 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 most (and perhaps all) of our staff in concert. Rounding out the program are staff-led bluegrass and old-time jams each conducted at slow and “up-to-speed” skill levels. For a full description of our program including classes, concerts, jams and other activities, see our SBC 2021 Program Schedule.

Just Out: Here’s Our Schedule for SBC 2021 Online 

Click to Access & Download a High Res Version of our 2019 Camp Photo, Suitable for Printing

2019 Camp Photo

About the Online Camp: How We’ll Do It

Classes will be conducted over Zoom. Whova is an app that coordinates all the classes, concerts, etc.  It allows students to view all classes taking place at a given time and select the one they wish to attend (and yes, you can change your mind midstream!). The Whova connection also allows you to access handouts and also gives you access to videos of all classes that have already taken place.

For more information on how to navigate SBC online see FAQs and Camper Tips.

About the Online Videos

Videos of all classes will be recorded in real time and posted online for students to access. So you can attend classes live but also have full access to videos of all other classes. Videos of all classes will be available for viewing until May 1, 2021 (more than six weeks after the conclusion of Camp).

Full Camp vs. Single-Day Options

  • The Full Camp option includes two full days of classes (plus the concert and jams for those days).
  • You can also sign up for Saturday only or Sunday only. Each single day package features five hands-on class sessions (with ten class options per session – that’s 50 classes in all!!) plus the concert and jam opportunities for that day.

Rates for Full-Camp and  One-Day Options are on the Camp Registration Information page.

Special Note for Guitar and Mandolin Students. 

Mandolin classes are offered only on Saturday, whereas guitar classes are offered only on Sunday.

Classes

For information on all our class programs go to the Classes page and select one of the following tabs: old-time banjo, bluegrass banjo, fiddle, guitar, or mandolin.

Location

For 2021, Suwannee Banjo Camp is located on the internet!! You will access the camp through this website via the Whova app; more information on how this is coordinated will be provided later.

We hope that by 2022, SBC can return to its usual venue, beautiful Cerveny Conference Center at Camp Weed in Live Oak, Florida).

Starting and Ending Times

Our program begins at 10:00 AM Eastern time each morning. The last class each day concludes at 5:45 PM Eastern Time. Then after a quick break, we’ll offer staff led jams and a concert. The program concludes each day at 10:00 PM Eastern.

Our 2021 Faculty

  • Old-Time Banjo: Riley Baugus, Allison de Groot, Chuck Levy,  Joe Newberry, and Ken Perlman and Lukas Pool
  • 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 Eden Pool and Ellen Vigour
  • Guitar: All classes will be taught by Jim Hurst
  • Mandolin: All classes will be taught by Mike Compton

Photos and bios of our staff are posted on the 2021 Instructors page.

Concert Lineups Now Posted

Concert lineups for both evenings of Camp have been posted. To view them click here.

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.

Click on the photo to see the design in detail.