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MARCH 13-16, 2025

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LODGING

On-site Accommodations

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Banjo Camp students have several lodging options – guest room single occupancy, guest room double occupancy, cabin bunk, RV site, or tent camping (lodging types are described below on this page). At Camp Weed, we have room for all students to stay on site and we strongly encourage all students to stay on-site. However, students may elect to stay off-site – at a private home, motel/hotel, AirB&B, or conventional B&B – and register for camp as commuters.

How to Reserve Your Lodging

You must reserve and pay for your lodging directly through our host, Cerveny Conference Center.  Here’s the best procedure. After you register for camp, to arrange for your on-site lodging contact Cerveny Conference Center directly by phone (386-364-5250), and ask for Gina (or explain that you wish to reserve lodging for Suwannee Banjo Camp). Simply ask to reserve the type of lodging you prefer.

NOTE: YOU CAN ALSO TRY USING THE LODGING RESERVATION APP ON THE CERVENY CONFERENCE CENTER WEBSITE. In the past however, this app has been plagued with software glitches and hasn’t proved useful.

Lodging FAQ’s

Here are the answers to what we expect will be the “FAQ” about the current housing sign-ups arrangement.

  • Prices for Lodging. To obtain prices for the different types of lodging available at Cerveny, click here; lodging price information is repeated on the Registration Information page
  • Refunds for lodging. Housing reservations are fully refundable up to 72-hours prior to the start of Camp
  • Deposits for lodging. You may reserve a lodging unit at Camp with a deposit of 25%; it is also fully refundable until 72 hours prior to the start of Camp.
  • Roommates. The Cerveny payment platform allows you to specify a guest-room roommate, or ask to be assigned a double occupancy roommate.
  • Handicap-Accessible. You will have an opportunity to indicate special needs.

Note: Cerveny Conference Center has not always been quick to get back to people re housing inquiries. If they don’t return your call within 24 hours, contact SBC directly.

Reserve Guest Rooms and RV Spots early

Lodging reservations are assigned on a first come, first served basis. There are only a limited number of guest rooms and RV sites and experience tells us they will probably go fast. If you want to assure yourself of a guest room or RV hookup reservation, please sign up early!!

Guest Rooms

We have a limited number of motel-level residence rooms – called Guest Rooms – right on site. The guest rooms are very comfortable with double beds, “en suite” bathrooms and individual climate control. They are all a very short walk from most of our classrooms and the dining hall. They are close to the center of the action, but still well out of earshot of late night jammers. Students may sign up for either single or double occupancy. If you sign up with Cerveny Conference Center for double occupancy, you may either suggest a roommate or ask them to assign you one. Cerveny has six handicap accessible guest rooms. Please specify upon registration if you require a handicap accessible room.

**Note**: I’m told that the guest rooms are now all booked. See below for further instructions.

Also Important. Please do NOT reserve a guest room unless you have already registered for Camp, or intend to do so within the next day or two.

Guest Room Waiting List

There is now a waiting list for guest-room accommodations. To get on the guest-room waiting list contact Cerveny Conference Center directly by phone (386-364-5250), and ask for Gina (or explain that you wish to get on the waiting list for guest-room accommodations at Suwannee Banjo Camp). While you’re waiting, we recommend that you reserve a space in our cabins or tenting/RV site; or reserve lodging in a local hotel or BnB.

** Note: we have a special arrangement with Holiday Inn Express in Live Oak. **

Lodging Arrangement for Spouse/Companions: Spouse/companions who stay on site must register for housing separately and pay the full lodging price.

Note: we may need to limit the number of spouses and companions. If we begin to run out of space for additional registrants at Camp, we reserve the right to prioritize the admission of regular students.

Cabins

We have plenty of beds in relatively modern cabins that have electricity, heat, air conditioning, and indoor plumbing. Each cabin will have a maximum occupancy of nine students (note: we assign lower bunks only). All cabins are handicap accessible. Each cabin has 3 showers, 3 toilets and a 2 sink vanity. The cabins are located in scenic wooded areas. Cabin residents will need to walk a few minutes through the woods or along a road to get to the dining hall. A few classrooms are close by, but most of them are near the dining hall and require a few minutes of walking.

Note: Areas within each cabin are separated by built in cabinets, so that there is some privacy.  Please also keep in mind that if you participate fully in our program, you won’t be in your rooms very much (aside from sleeping)!

Note: We will have designated all male, all female, and couples’ cabins. 

Note: Guests staying in the cabins must bring their own twin-size sheets, linens, towels and toiletries.

RV Hookups & Tent Camping

We have a limited number of RV hookups available plus plenty of space for tent-camping. There is a conveniently located bath house with male and female sections that is available to both RV and tent residents. Note that it is a good 10-15 minute walk from the RV and tent site to the dining hall and main classroom area. Those staying in the RV/tenting site might consider bringing along a bicycle or planning to negotiate this short commute via your car.

Note: The RV and tenting area has picnic tables and other amenities; some great jam sessions have sprung up there in the evenings.

A Note Regarding Complete Non-Participants

If your spouse/companion plans to simply stay in an on-site lodging space, RV, or tent through the weekend without signing up for meals, attending concerts or having any other contact with the camp, they do NOT need to register for camp; nor do they need to pay a facilities use fee. However, we do ask that you supply us with their names and emergency contact information.

Lodging Prices

Note that “Full-Camp” refers to three nights’ lodging (Thursday thru Saturday) and “Weekend-Only” refers to two nights’ lodging (Friday and Saturday). Full descriptions of each kind of lodging appears above.

Here are the latest lodging prices, including 10% Florida Housing Tax:

  • Guest Room, Single Occupancy (motel-level accommodations). Full Camp: $270; Weekend-Only: $180
  • Guest Room, Double Occupancy (motel-level accommodations).  Full Camp: $135; Weekend-Only: $90
  • Cabin Residency (bunk beds but with indoor plumbing, a/c and heat). Full Camp: $75; Weekend-Only: $50
  • RV Residency with Hookup. Full Camp: $57*; Weekend-Only: $86*
  • Tent Camping Residency. Full Camp: $30*; Weekend-Only: $20*

* Note:  RV charges are per vehicle; tent camping charges are per tent. If there are multiple residents in the RV or tent, only one resident pays the RV or tent rate; all additional residents simply  simply pay the tuition and meals rate*

Camper Tips

For advice on finding the site, climate-appropriate dress, bedding, what to bring, etc. check out our Camper Tips! Please be sure to read this advice prior to coming to camp!

Off-site Accommodations

Special Arrangement with Holiday Inn Express in Live Oak

We have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate for SBC students at the Holiday Inn in Live Oak (the number there is 386 362-2600). Once our guest rooms are full, students who prefer motel-level accommodations may elect to reserve a room at the Holiday Inn. The rooms are very nice and have all recently been renovated. They have a pool and also offer free breakfast. Students who stay at the Holiday Inn register at the commuter rate. If you elect to eat breakfast at the Inn, and let us know by Feb. 28, 2024, we will refund that portion of tuition that covers breakfasts. Breakfast refunds will be made at check-in and amount to roughly $10 per meal.

**How to claim your discount: Make sure to call the local number (386 362-2600) and NOT the national reservation number. They will ask for a code; the code this year is simply “sbc.”**

** Important Deadline: Our block of rooms is only guranteed until Feb. 14 (one month before Camp). Please make your reservation prior to that date. **

Other Hotels and AirBnB

There are three sizable motels right in Live Oak, Florida, in addition to the Holiday Inn Express. In addition, quite a number of motels, etc. are to be found in and around Lake City, Florida, less than half an hour away. And don’t forget AirBnB; a quick check showed that there are quite a number of airbnb purveyors within easy range of our site.

Note: Because there are sometimes large regional events in March that draw crowds (such as stock car races), be sure to make your motel reservations early.

Other Motels in Live Oak, Florida

  • EconoLodge: 386-362-7459
  • Sunshine Inn 386-362-7828
  • Best Western Suwannee River Inn 386-362-6000

2023 Camp Tuition & Fees

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One Price for Tuition and Meals

At SBC, a single price covers tuition and meals, but lodging must be paid for separately through Cerveny Conference Center. There are several lodging options: guest room single occupancy, guest room double occupancy, cabin bunk, RV site, tent site, and commuter. All the lodging options, and how to reserve lodging from Cerveny Conference Center are are all explained in detail on the Lodging Page.

Tuition Prices (Including Meals) for Full Camp and Weekend-Only Options

  • Full Camp (from Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, includes meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch): $690
  • Weekend-Only Option (from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon; includes meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch): $565

Note: Lodging must be paid for separately, directly to Cerveny Conference Center. For instructions, see below and also the Lodging Page.

Commuters

Commuter rates for tuition and meals are the same as for resident students; the only difference is that you simply do NOT need to sign up for on-site housing. This said, please be sure to check the “commuter” box on the registration form so we know that in your case lodging is not required.

Non-playing Spouses, Chaperones and Companions

Half Price!! We offer a special arrangement for non-playing spouses, chaperones and companions of registered students. The spouse/companion/chaperone pays half the regular price for tuition and meals. The spouse/chaperone/companion rate entitles them to the full meal plan and access to demonstrations, jams, and concerts. They may not attend classes. Every non-playing spouse/companion/chaperone must fill out a separate registration form.

Lodging Arrangement for Spouse/Companions: We are unable to offer a half-price arrangement re lodging at camp. Spouse companions who stay on site will have to sign up for housing separately and pay the full lodging price.

Note: we may need to limit the number of spouses and companions. If we begin to run out of space for additional registrants at Camp, we reserve the right to prioritize the admission of regular students.

Complete Non-Participants Who Reside on Site

If your spouse/companion plans to simply stay in an on-site lodging space, RV, or tent through the weekend without signing up for meals, attending concerts or having any other contact with the camp, they do NOT need to register for camp. You just need to supply us with their names and emergency contact information.

Reserving and Paying for Lodging

You must reserve and pay for your lodging directly through our host, Cerveny Conference Center at Camp Weed. Here’s the procedure. First register for camp. We then send you an acknowledgement email, which also contains a Cerveny Lodging Link. Use this link to reserve and pay for you on-site lodging. All the lodging options, and how to reserve lodging from Cerveny Conference Center are are all explained in detail on the Lodging Page.

Lodging Prices

For your convenience, lodging prices are re-stated here. Note that “Full-Camp” refers to three nights’ lodging (Thursday thru Saturday) and “Weekend-Only” refers to two nights’ lodging (Friday and Saturday). Full descriptions of each kind of lodging appears above.

Here are the 2019 lodging prices, including 10% Florida Housing Tax:

  • Guest Room, Single Occupancy (motel-level accommodations). Full Camp: $270; Weekend-Only: $180
  • Guest Room, Double Occupancy (motel-level accommodations).  Full Camp: $135; Weekend-Only: $90
  • Cabin Residency (bunk beds but with indoor plumbing, a/c and heat). Full Camp: $75; Weekend-Only: $50
  • RV Residency with Hookup. Full Camp: $57*; Weekend-Only: $86*
  • Tent Camping Residency. Full Camp: $30*; Weekend-Only: $20*

* Note:  RV charges are per vehicle; tent camping charges are per tent. If there are multiple residents in the RV or tent, only one resident pays the RV or tent rate; all additional residents simply  simply pay the tuition and meals rate*

Students Under 18

Minor students may attend SBC if accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Parents must sign a permissions form that allows their child to attend (please contact us and ask us to send a Youth Permissions Form). If a non-parent acts as “guardian” at Camp he or she must have signed permission to do so from a parent. Parents or Camp-Guardians may register as students, but if they do not wish to fully participate in Camp they may register for SBC at the non-playing spouse/companion” rate (see above).

Paying a Tuition Deposit

**Note: All new registrations made after Jan. 16, 2023 must be accompanied by payment of full tuition.**

Our internet sales platform requires a certain system for handling deposits and balances. If you wish to put down a $100 deposit to hold your place at camp, you just partially register at this time. During the deposit registration process, you will enter your name and email. You’ll also be asked to fill out a questionnaire, which allows you to provide us with information about your interests. When you select “Deposit Only” on the registration form, a charge for $100 will appear in your shopping cart. Once you finish the financial transaction, you will be issued a thank you email. Within a few days, you will receive a follow-up email from Suwannee Banjo Camp with a promo code for $100 which you will apply when you complete a full registration (see below).

Note 1: All those who have registered with a deposit must submit the remainder of their tuition by Jan. 16, 2023. Again, all new registrations made after that date must be accompanied by payment of full tuition.

Note 2:  When you place a tuition deposit, unless you plan to commute you must also reserve lodging through Cerveny Conference Center at Camp Weed. See details on the Lodging page.

Note 3: You may register right up to the start of Camp!

Paying Your Tuition Balance

Once you have paid your tuition deposit and filled out your questionnaire, you are registered for Camp as far as we are concerned. To pay your balance online, however, our sales platform requires the following procedure:

  • Go to the Register Here page to find our registration form. Then register for camp as if you are STARTING FROM SCRATCH, beginning with the tuition and meals package of your choice. You do NOT have to re-do the survey about your interests.
  • After you select the full-tuition amount and click, you will find yourself on a second page that has a box labeled “promo code.” Enter your promo code in that box, and the $100 deposit you’ve already paid will ultimately be deducted from your amount.

Refunds for Cancellation 

Here is our refund policy:

    • There is no penalty for cancellation until Jan. 16,  2023.
    • Jan. 17 -March 1:  students who cancel after Jan. 16 and before March 1 will have $100 deducted from their tuition or deposit refunds.
    • March 1 – March 16. We must commit to a firm meals count by March 1 and have to pay for these meals whether or not a given registrant attends camp; students who cancel after March 1 and before the start of Camp will have $150 deducted from their refunds.
    • Students who cancel on or after the start of Camp on March 16, 2023 (or who simply fail to appear at camp) will have $250 deducted from their tuition refund.

Covid-19 Cancellation Policy

We are extremely optimistic that we’ll be able to hold Suwannee Banjo Camp safely in 2023 at our usual venue in Live Oak, Florida. In the very unlikely event that we need to move the camp online again due to Pandemic concerns, here is our policy.

  • If we need to cancel SBC 2023 – or move the camp online – due to Covid safety concerns, every registrant will be offered a full refund for tuition and meals payments – either by check or through our payment platform.
  • Cerveny Conference Center will also refund all lodging payments and deposits
  • If we move online, registrants will be offered the opportunity to roll over their deposit, or a portion of their full payment to SBC-online tuition.
  • In the event that we need to cancel, registrants will also have the option of leaving their deposits or full payments for tuition and meals in the “system” for 2024,
  • We will make our final decision on moving forward with the in-person camp no later than Jan. 1, 2023. However, if the situation is borderline we might wait a little longer before making the final determination.
  • If at any point our venue, Cerveny Conference Center, preempts us and decides to close down for the season for safety concerns we will immediately inform all registrants and offer to refund all tuition and meals payments.

2024 Registration Information & Fees

SBC Registration & Fees

You must register to attend Suwannee Banjo Camp. You may register online or by mail. We also ask you to fill in a questionnaire about your interests and playing background that will help us plan the coming Camp.

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To register, go to the Register Here page. You’ll have the choice of filling out our registration form online (and paying on line via credit card), or filling out a hard copy and paying via Paypal or check.

Lodging Must be Reserved Separately

You must reserve and pay for your lodging directly through our host, Cerveny Conference Center. All lodging options, prices, and how to reserve lodging from Cerveny Conference Center are explained in detail on the Lodging Page. For your convenience, lodging options are briefly noted (with prices) below.

About the Registration Questions

We ask about your interests and playing background on your questionnaire form to help us design our program. Your responses do NOT commit you to take any particular class or pursue any particular level of instruction.

One Price for Tuition and Meals

At SBC, a single price covers tuition and meals, but – as noted above – lodging must be paid for separately through Cerveny Conference Center (more on this below and on the Lodging Page).

Attendance Options: Full Camp vs. Weekend-Only Options

FULL CAMP. The Full Camp option gives you access to all classes, concerts, jams and all other scheduled activities from Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. March 14-17. All meals are included from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch.

WEEKEND ONLY OPTION. The Weekend-Only Option gives you access to all classes, concerts, jams and all other scheduled activities from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. March 15-17. All meals are included from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.

Tuition Prices (Including Meals)

  • Full Camp (from Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, includes meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch): $695
  • Weekend-Only Option (from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon; includes meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch): $565

Note: Friday lunch is NOT included in the Weekend-Only Option. However, you can opt into Friday lunch for  $13.50 by choosing that option on the registration form.

Lodging Options & Prices

Lodging must be paid for separately, directly to Cerveny Conference Center. There are several lodging options: guest room single occupancy, guest room double occupancy, cabin bunk, RV site, tent site, and commuter. All lodging options, and how to reserve lodging from Cerveny Conference Center are explained in detail on the Lodging Page. For your convenience here are the latest lodging prices, including 10% Florida Housing Tax.

  • Guest Room, Single Occupancy (motel-level accommodations). Full Camp: $270; Weekend-Only: $180
  • Guest Room, Double Occupancy (motel-level accommodations).  Full Camp: $135; Weekend-Only: $90
  • Cabin Residency (bunk beds but with indoor plumbing, a/c and heat). Full Camp: $75; Weekend-Only: $50
  • RV Residency with Hookup. Full Camp: $57*; Weekend-Only: $86*
  • Tent Camping Residency. Full Camp: $30*; Weekend-Only: $20*

**Note.** I’m told that the guest rooms are now all booked. You can get on a waiting list, select alternative lodging at Camp, or reserve hotel or air bnb lodging in the area. For more details go to the lodging page.

* Note:  RV charges are per vehicle; tent camping charges are per tent. If there are multiple residents in the RV or tent, only one resident pays the RV or tent rate; all additional residents simply  simply pay the tuition and meals rate*

** Also Important: Please do NOT reserve a guest room for our weekend unless you are already registered for SBC, or intend to do so within a day or two.

Commuters

Commuter rates for tuition and meals are the same as for resident students; the only difference is that you simply do NOT need to sign up for on-site housing. If you intend to commute, please be sure to check the “commuter” box on the registration form so we know that in your case lodging is not required.

Non-playing Spouses, Chaperones and Companions

Half Price!! We offer a special arrangement for non-playing spouses, chaperones and companions of registered students. The spouse/companion/chaperone pays half the regular price for tuition and meals. The spouse/chaperone/companion rate entitles them to the full meal plan and access to demonstrations, jams, and concerts. They may not attend classes.

Lodging Arrangement for Spouse/Companions: We are unable to offer a half-price arrangement re lodging at camp.who stay on site need to pay for lodging at regular rates.

Note: we may need to limit the number of spouses and companions. If we begin to run out of space for additional registrants at Camp, we reserve the right to prioritize the admission of regular students.

Complete Non-Participants Who Reside on Site

If your spouse/companion plans to simply stay in an on-site lodging space, RV, or tent through the weekend without signing up for meals, attending concerts or having any other contact with the camp, they do NOT need to register for camp. You just need to supply us with their names and emergency contact information.

Students Under 18

Students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult in order to attend SBC as either a resident or commuter. They also must bring along a Parental Permission Form signed by parent or guardian. Submit the signed document as a scanned attachment via email or send a hard copy to:

Suwannee Banjo Camp
c/o Ken Perlman
307 Bellevue St.
Boston, MA, 02132

If the accompanying adult is not a parent, he or she needs to bring along a document signed by a parent which authorizes him or her to act in loco parentis at our Camp, a role we refer to as Camp Guardian. Parents or Camp Guardians of minor students may register as students, or if they don’t wish to attend classes may register at the chaperone rate, which is identical to the non-playing spouse rate (see above). To register as a spouse/companion/chaperone, click the appropriate box on the registration form and you will automatically be charged the appropriate amount.

*Waiver*

Our Event Insurance company requires that all participants sign a waiver of some kind. All registrants must indicate on their registration form that they have read and agree to the following statement.

As a participant in Suwannee Banjo Camp 2023, March 16-19, 2023, I understand that the venue, Cerveny Conference Center, consists of a several buildings around a central plaza plus various cabins, gymnasiums, out buildings, variously connected by boardwalks, gravel roads, dirt roads and paths through wooded areas, fields, and alongside a lake; and that many of these facilities are accessible only via external stairs and ramps. I undertake to negotiate my way among these facilities with due care. I understand that neither Cerveny Conference Center nor Suwannee Banjo Camp maintains a lifeguard on White Lake, and that if I engage in activities on the Lake I do so at my own risk (note: swimming in White Lake is not recommended due to risk of encounters with alligators and other reptiles). I also knowingly accept any possible risks associated with following the musical advice and directives offered during the course of our event by Suwannee Banjo Camp’s employed instructors.

Covid Protocol for 2024

  • 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)

Payments

The Suwannee Banjo Camp payment platform accepts Visa and Mastercard. You may register right up until the start of camp, depending on space. Until midnight on Jan. 13, 2024 you may reserve a place at camp either by advance payment of full tuition, or by paying a deposit of $100. Beginning 12:01 AM on Jan. 14, 2024, all new registrations must be accompanied by payment of full tuition. All balances are also due on Jan. 14, 2024.

How to Register Online

Simply click on the link right below this paragraph to get to the registration page . . .  Then fill out the registration form, complete your payment and you’re in! You may register right up until the start of camp.

Register Here

Registering Multiple Attendees

You may register one, two, or even multiple attendees on the same registration form. However, if you wish to register two or more students with different main interests, skill levels, etc., we would appreciate it if you fill out a separate form for each person.

Payment via Postal Mail

If you prefer to pay by postal mail, simply fill out a Printable Online Registration Form. Then send the form with a check or money order (made out to Suwannee Banjo Camp) to this address:

Suwannee Banjo Camp
c/o Ken Perlman
307 Bellevue St.,
Boston, MA, 02132

One Additional Payment Method

Send us a scanned copy of your filled out Printable Online Registration Form, and pay us via Paypal. For more information on sending Paypal payments email us directly.

Special Instructions for Paying Deposits and Balances Online

Paying a Tuition Deposit

If you wish to put down a $100 deposit to hold your place at camp, fill out the questionnaire in full but select “Deposit Only” at the end, and a charge for $100 will appear in your shopping cart. If you are registering more than one person on your form, you must pay a $100 deposit for each one.

Promo Code. Once you finish the financial transaction, you will be issued an automatic thank you email. Within a few days you will also receive a follow-up email from Suwannee Banjo Camp with a promo code that credits you for $100 when when you go to pay your balance (see below).

Note: All those who have registered with a deposit must submit the remainder of their tuition by Jan. 14, 2024.  All new registrations made after that date must be accompanied by payment of full tuition.

Also Note:  When you place a tuition deposit, unless you plan to commute you must also reserve lodging through Cerveny Conference Center at Camp Weed. See details on the Lodging page.

Paying Your Tuition Balance

Once you have paid your tuition deposit and filled out your registration form, you are registered for Camp as far as we are concerned. To pay your balance online, however, our sales platform requires the following procedure:

  • Return to the Register Here page and find our registration form. Then register for camp as if you are STARTING FROM SCRATCH, beginning with the tuition and meals package of your choice.
  • After you select the full-tuition amount and click, you will find yourself on a second page that has a box labeled “promo code.” Enter your promo code in that box, and the $100 deposit you’ve already paid will ultimately be deducted from your amount.

Cancellation Policy

  • There is no penalty for cancellation until midnight, Jan. 14,  2024.
  • Jan. 15 -Feb. 29 (it’s a leap year!):  students who cancel after Jan. 14 and before Feb. 29 will have $100 deducted from their tuition or deposit refunds.
  • Feb. 29 – March 14. We must commit to a firm meals count by Feb. 29 and have to pay for these meals whether or not a given registrant attends camp; students who cancel after Feb. 29 and before the start of Camp will have $150 deducted from their refunds.
  • Students who cancel on or after the start of Camp on March 14, 2024 (or who simply fail to appear at camp) will have $250 deducted from their tuition refund.

Covid-19 Cancellation Policy

We are extremely optimistic that we’ll be able to hold Suwannee Banjo Camp safely in 2024 at our usual venue, Cerveny Conference Center. In the extremely unlikely event that we need to move the camp online again due to Pandemic concerns, here is our policy.

  • If we need to cancel SBC 2024 – or move the camp online – due to Covid safety concerns, every registrant will be offered a full refund for tuition and meals payments – either by check or through our payment platform.
  • Cerveny Conference Center will also refund all lodging payments and deposits
  • If we move online, registrants will be offered the opportunity to roll over their deposit, or a portion of their full payment to SBC-online tuition.
  • In the event that we need to cancel, registrants will also have the option of leaving their deposits or full payments for tuition and meals in the “system” for 2024
  • If at any point our venue, Cerveny Conference Center, preempts us and decides to close down for the season for safety concerns we will immediately inform all registrants and offer to refund all tuition and meals payments.

2024 Instructors

2024 Instructors

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Paula Bradley

Paula Bradley. A West Virginia-born multi-instrumentalist residing in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, Paula has been involved in old-time and roots music for many years. Known for her strong, spirited vocals, as well as deep knowledge of old-time music, she has toured with old-time darlings “Uncle Earl”; with old-time powerhouse Bruce Molsky (on guitar and banjo uke); recorded and toured with Tony Trischka and Bruce as part of the acoustic roots trio “Jawbone”; and, performed and recorded with old-time trio “The Rhythm Rats.” She has been an instructor at many camps and gatherings, including: Augusta, Swannanoa, Ashokan, Mars Hill, Bluff Country, MBOTMA, and Stephen Foster Old-Time Weekend. She was a founding member of the popular New England honkytonk combo (on piano) “Girl Howdy,” and with her late husband, Bill Dillof, old-time duet “Moonshine Holler” in which she played guitar, banjo, and banjo ukulele. Currently, she leads her own popular juke joint swing combo “Miss Paula & The Twangbusters,” and performs with a variety of old-time musicians.

Hilarie Burhans

Hilarie Burhans

Hilarie Burhans has been playing and teaching clawhammer banjo for more than 45 years. She lives in the Appalachian foothills of Athens, Ohio and is a much in-demand player at old-time music festivals thanks to her intensely rhythmic, driving banjo style. Hilarie co-founded the Hotpoint Stringband, a nationally-touring contradance band with whom she has recorded five albums. HBO used a song she recorded on the critically acclaimed show Deadwood, and she has collaborated on too many other musical projects to count! More than 5,000 subscribers enjoy her banjo YouTube channel, and her instructional videos on the Patreon platform have many devoted subscribers who praise her clear, relaxed teaching style.

Frank Evans

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Frank Evans fell in love with banjo at age 10 and quickly developed a passion for old-time Appalachian music. He won the youth banjo contest at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival when he was 13 and later placed second over all. He joined the bluegrass band, the Slocan Ramblers in 2010; their first album Shaking Down the Acorns gained attention world wide and earned them an invitation to open for Steve Martin at the Toronto Jazz festival. Currently, Frank tours world-wide and has played at such noted festivals as Rockygrass, Merlefest, and the Jacobs Ladder Festival. He has taught at Rockygrass Academy and Nimble Fingers Bluegrass Camp. The Slocan Ramlers released their most recent album, Queen City Jubilee in 2018.

Adam Hurt

Adam Hurt (Old-Time Banjo) Deemed a “banjo virtuoso” by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt has fused several traditional old-time idioms to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style, having been introduced to the instrument at age eleven in his native Minnesota. A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center and conducted banjo workshops around the country and abroad at such prestigious events as the Swannanoa Gathering, the Augusta Heritage Center, Midwest Banjo Camp, American Banjo Camp, Suwannee Banjo Camp, and Sore Fingers. Since moving to the South in 2002, Adam has placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions, including three first-place finishes at Clifftop, and he has claimed several state banjo and fiddle championships. Adam’s music can be heard on multiple recordings, including Earth Tones, Perspective, Insight, and his most recent, Artifacts. adamhurt.com

Ken Perlman

kenbnj02Perhaps the best-known exponent of the “melodic” clawhammer style, Ken Perlman is known where-ever banjos are played as a master of clawhammer technique and an expert teacher of clawhammer mechanics. He has been a Banjo Newsletter columnist since the early 1980s; he has written several books on clawhammer instruction including Melodic Clawhammer Banjo and Clawhammer Style Banjo, he has recorded several series on audio and video banjo instruction, and he has taught at well over a dozen music camps including Augusta Folk Heritage, Common Ground on the Hill, the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, the Swannanoa Gathering, and the Tennessee Banjo Institute; he has also been music or co-director of several banjo camps including American Banjo Camp, Banjo Camp North, the Bath International Banjo Festival,  Maryland Banjo Academy, and Midwest Banjo Camp. Ken toured for nearly fifteen years with renowned Appalachian-style fiddler Alan Jabbour (1942-2017), and recorded two CDs with him: Southern Summits and  You Can’t Beat the Classics. His most recent solo recording is Frails & Frolics, and his most recent banjo book is Appalachian Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo. In the summer of 2017, Ken was invited to offer a Master’s Showcases at the Appalachian String Band Festival, popularly known as “Clifftop.” According to organizer Bobby Taylor, these Masters’ events are set up to “showcase the legends who have dedicated their lives to the preservation and presentation of old-time music.” kenperlman.com

Maggie Shar

Maggie Shar

Maggie Shar. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and now living in western Massachusetts, Maggie teaches private and group banjo classes to people of all ages from all over the world. She has offered banjo workshops at Ashokan Music and Dance Camps, Augusta Heritage Center, Banjo Camp North, Suwannee Banjo Camp, and Midwest Banjo Camp. She won 1st place at the 2018 Northeast Fiddler’s Convention Banjo Contest and the 2018 Oldtone Roots Festival Banjo Contest; and received 3rd place in the 2022 Online Oldtime Banjo Competition. In 2023 she was a finalist in the Appalachian Stringband Competition (Clifftop), as well as The Fresh Grass Awards. Nowadays, Maggie plays banjo in two bands: The Moon Shells and The Ephemeral Stringband; she is also co-creator of Little Roots, an early childhood music program. All three of these ventures have issued multiple CDs (see her website maggieshar.com for listings).

Scott Anderson

Scott AndersonNative Floridian Scott Anderson has been performing in professional bluegrass bands since the late 1980s; his first groups were Tom Henderson’s Bluegrass Parlor Band and a band he co-founded called Endless Highway. He has since toured in the US and abroad as banjoist and vocalist with the Jim Hurst Band and Keith Sewell; and he has performed or recorded with such well-known bluegrass figures as Claire Lynch, Vassar Clements, Larry Rice, Byron Berline, Adam Steffey, Clay Hess, Newtown, Chubby Wise, Allen Shadd, and Chief Jim Billie. He has also played banjo with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Scott has been a featured artist in Banjo Newsletter, for which he also writes features and conducts interviews. He now fronts Medicine Springs and The Scott Anderson Band and teaches private banjo and guitar lessons from his home in Gainesville. His recordings include Endless Highway, Rivers, Another Day (with his daughter Amanda), and his most recent, Tales from the Swamp.

BB Bowness
BB Bowness

Catherine “BB” Bowness. Born in the small town of Marton, New Zealand,”BB” Bowness spent her early years working and living in her family’s Fish-and-Chip shop. A world away from the heart of bluegrass, BB spent much of her childhood teaching herself banjo, and through dedication and tenacity became New Zealand School of Music’s first banjo student. After heading to America in 2012 she co-founded her current group, Mile Twelve, which has won numerous IBMA awards, including 2020 New Artists of the Year and 2017 Momentum Band of the Year. Immersing herself in the traditions of bluegrass and having studied jazz performance at university, BB’s banjo playing is an exciting synthesis of new and old ideas. Say Tony Trischka: “She demonstrates a command of the instrument, and plays with great rhythmic clarity both in the traditional and progressive realms. J.D. Crowe co-mingles with the future.” In 2020, BB was a winner of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize.

Greg Cahill

Greg Cahill formed the Special Consensus in the Chicago area and began touring nationally (and internationally) in 1975. Greg has appeared on all 20 of the Special Consensus recordings and has released three solo recordings (two with internationally renowned mandolinist Don Stiernberg, one with mandolin maestro Jethro Burns), and one European bluegrass music recording (with renowned Czech guitarist Slavek Hanzlik). He has also released four banjo instructional videos/DVDs (Musician’s Workshop), one banjo lessons book and one banjo tablature book (both co-authored with Michael Miles, Hal Leonard publishing). Greg has appeared on numerous recordings by other artists and on countless national television and radio commercials (jingles) and conducts workshops and master classes at bluegrass camps and festivals worldwide. His teaching credits include Nashcamp, the Maryland Banjo Academy, Banjo Camp North, Midwest Banjo Camp, Suwannee Banjo Camp, Nashville Banjo Camp, Augusta Heritage Bluegrass Week, Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshops, the Sore Fingers Summer School (UK), and Bluegrass Camp Germany. Greg has taught at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago for over 40 years and became the first adjunct professor teaching banjo for the Columbia College (Chicago) Strings Department in 2011. Greg is a regular contributor to Banjo Newsletter, received the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011 and was inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Hall of Greats in 2019.

James McKinney

James McKinneyJames McKinney is both a Scruggs and Reno style expert, one of the foremost jazz players of the bluegrass banjo world, and one of the most technically precise banjoists around. He won the Southern U.S. Banjo Championship at age 15. Before long he had won dozens of state and regional championships, including the National Banjo Championship at Winfield, Kansas. He made the first of several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry at age 19 and worked for a time at Opryland theme park as a banjoist and musical arranger. James moved to Nashville for good in 1990 to play full time in the James and Angela McKinney Band. He has taught countless workshops, and he has been on the staff at a number of major banjo camps, including the Midwest Banjo Camp, Smokey Mountain Banjo Academy, and the SPBGMA workshop. He has performed and/or recorded with Vassar Clements, Porter Wagoner, Barbara Mandrell, John Hartford, and Johnny Cash. His latest CD is called Mind Over Banjo.

Alan Munde

Alan Munde needs no introduction to long-time Bluegrass fans. From his early creative work with Sam Bush in Poor Richard’s Almanac to his traditional bluegrass apprenticeship with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys to his 21-year stint anchoring the landmark Country Gazette, Alan has blazed a trail as one of the most innovative and influential banjo players of all time. Along the way, Alan has recorded and contributed to numerous instrumental recordings, including the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year — Knee Deep in Bluegrass. Alan has supplemented his recorded work with several instructional publications for the banjo; from 1986-2006 he taught Bluegrass and Country Music at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas.

Tony Trischka

Tony Trischka

Tony Trischka is one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. For more than 35 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. He was not only considered among the very best pickers, he was also one of the instrument’s top teachers, and has created numerous instructional books, audio recordings, and videos. In the 1970s, Trischka made his recording debut with the bands Country Cooking and Breakfast Special. In the early 1980s, he began working with the group Skyline, which recorded a number of CDs between 1983 and ’88. Along the way, he has recorded numerous solo recordings, including Bluegrass Light, Heartlands, Banjoland, Robot Plane Flies over Arkansas, Hill Country, World Turning, Bend, New Deal, and his newest: Territory. He has worked as a musical leader for Broadway shows, appeared on television, and also on National Public Radioís Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage shows. In 2007, Tony was declared Banjo Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

Erynn Marshall

Erynn Marshall is an old-time fiddler, living in Hillsville, Virginia who is known internationally for her traditional music. Erynn learned the nuances of Appalachian old-time fiddling from archival recordings and directly from visiting 80-95 year-old southern fiddlers. Her effortless, transportive way of playing expresses joy, mournfulness, and stays true to the old tunes while revitalizing the tradition. Her original tunes are becoming common repertoire in fiddle circles. Erynn won first place fiddle at “Clifftop” (the first woman to do so) and the Mt Airy Fiddlers’ Convention. She tours regularly with husband/musician Carl Jones, has recorded numerous albums, appeared in five films and is featured in the books “As Has It” and “Singing at the Clothesline.” Erynn is coordinator for Swannanoa Old-Time Week (NC) and previously was director of music programs at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, VA and Alleghany JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). She is excited to be returning to Suwannee Banjo Camp!

Other Fiddle Instructors

Fiddle classes will also be taught by Adam Hurt & others TBA. Check out the 2024 SBC Online Schedule when it comes out for their class topics.

Jim Hurst

Jim Hurst Jim Hurst’s mastery of bluegrass guitar is revered by guitar students and widely respected by his musical peers. His eclectic career has made him a remarkable performer, an experienced instructor and a highly sought after session musician. His affability and gregariousness make him one of the most approachable musicians of his caliber. The product of a musical family, Jim was also influenced by the likes of Tony Rice, Clarence White and Jerry Reed. He got national exposure with Holly Dunn’s Rio Band, and had several high profile television and radio appearances while touring with Trisha Yearwood Jim also performed with Travis Tritt and Sara Evans, and then joined Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch and her Front Porch String Band in 1995. Later he formed a duet with bassist Missy Raines; in 2001 and 2002 they earned IBMA Guitar and Bass Player of the Year, respectively. Jim left the Claire Lynch Band in 2010 to embark on a solo career, and has five solo CD’s to his credit: Open Window, Second Son, A Box of Chocolates, Intrepid and his newest: Looking Glass. He performs his show full time and teaches at guitar workshops and music camps throughout North America and Europe. While he occasionally collaborates with other bluegrass notables, he is best known as a soloist.

Other Guitar Instructors

Guitar classes will also be taught by Alan Munde & others TBA. Check out the 2024 SBC Online Schedule when it comes out for their class topics.

TBA
Niki Portmann

Niki Portmann is currently the bassist for The Night Travelers with James McKinney on 5-string banjo. Together they tour and play in the continental U.S. and are looking forward to tours in both Western Europe and Australia. The Night Travelers’ first CD project, Campfire went into world-wide release in fall of 2012. Niki studied electrical engineering and worked as an engineer for many years before discovering the acoustic bass and re-discovering her childhood love for playing music. Using her engineering skills, she also works as sound engineer for The Night Travelers and founded Portmann Acoustics, which sells her own boutique line of custom engineered speakers and amplifiers for acoustic instruments. Niki was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in November 2016.

Other Guest Instructors

Additional guest instructors are TBA.