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International Bluegrass Music Museum 9th Annual Mandolin Camp

By International Bluegrass Music Museum
September 5, 2014 - 8:45 am

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The International Bluegrass Music Museum's 9th annual Mandolin Camp

The International Bluegrass Music Museum's 9th annual Mandolin Camp

Owensboro, Ky. — IBMM's 9th annual Mandolin Camp will be held November 14-16, 2014 at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro.

Returning for his 9th consecutive year as director of the International Bluegrass Music Museumís annual mandolin camp is bluegrass music legend, Mike Compton. Known for his mastery of Monroe-style playing, Mike is a preservationist who continues teaching the music that Bill Monroe innovated and which set the standard for generations of bluegrass mandolin players to come.

Monroe-style will be taught at this year's camp, along with jazz, newgrass and cross-picking mandolin styles from an incredible group of instructors including Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds, jazz master Don Stiernberg, blazing young virtuosos Sierra Hull and Dominick Leslie, and master luthier Will Kimble.

In addition to three days of instruction, the camp offers attendees the opportunity to see old friends, meet new ones, learn from and socialize with mandolin masters young and old, and have their mandolin serviced by master luthier Will Kimble, all within the historical context of the Bluegrass Museum.

Campers may register online at the museum web site or by calling the museum: (270)926-7891. Registration is $500 for museum members, $550 for non-members and includes three days of instruction, meals, lodging for two nights, free admission to the All-Star Faculty Concert and Reception Saturday night, and a camp t-shirt and poster.

Camp Faculty

Mike Compton: Many know Mike from the Nashville Bluegrass Band, John Hartford Stringband, or as the mandolin player on the soundtrack of the Grammy-winning film O Brother, Where Art Thou. Mike returns as Director of the IBMM Mandolin Camp - his 9th straight year imparting Monroe-style knowledge to mando campers.

Jesse McReynolds: One of the greatest mandolinists of all time, a Bluegrass Hall of Fame member, and constant trend-setter in bluegrass music, Jesse joins the IBMM staff for the first time to teach his unique style of cross-picking and provide insights into historical mandolin techniques from a life-time career in bluegrass music.

Don Stiernberg: While still in his teens, Don learned to play the mandolin from the innovative virtuoso Jethro Burns, who guided him into a lifelong career in music. A leading exponent of jazz mandolin style and band leader of the Don Stiernberg Trio, Don has eight personal recordings, and appears on others by a variety of artists in all styles.

Sierra Hull: Band leader Sierra Hull attended Berklee College where she refined the skills she now teaches to others. Sierra has traditional bluegrass sensibility and skill that defies her age. Already having presented numerous mandolin workshops alone and with other mandolin virtuosos, Sierra brings a youthful slant to bluegrass mandolin applauded by veterans as well.

Dominick Leslie: Whether composing a new piece, learning a tune, or performing with his confreres, Dominick has an infectious love of music and a brilliant creativity that inspires others to excel with the same degree of passion and professionalism. He has performed at ROMP for three consecutive years, and presented mandolin workshops there that have been enthusiastically recommended by all attending.

Will Kimble: Born in 1969, luthier Will Kimble fell in love with mandolins in 1997, and began building them in 2000. His father, Fred Kimble, taught Will how to build, and still works with him to this day. A favorite at IBMM camp, Will continues to provide mandolin repair, advice, construction and care sessions at mando camp.

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