2nd Annual Monroe Mandolin Camp - September 9-13
By Mandolin Cafe
April 20, 2015 - 9:30 pm
2nd Annual Bill Monroe Camp - September 9-13, 2015, near Nashville, Tenn.
Nashville, Tenn. — The 2nd Annual Monroe Mandolin Camp will be held September 9-13 just outside of Nashville. This hands-on musical camp focuses on the mandolin artistry of Grand Ole Opry star and creative musical legend Bill Monroe.
As the only musical camp that focuses solely on this prolific composer and musician, the camp provides attendees with world-class instruction, an international community of fellow mandolin and Monroe enthusiasts, and an experience that will deepen their musical endeavors and journey.
The camp takes place on a private retreat just West of Nashville on 300 serene acres; an idyllic location for attendees to concentrate on being completely immersed in the magic of Monroe music.
The all-star, internationally known staff includes Mike Compton as Director, David Davis, Skip Gorman, David Long, Casey Campbell, and Mark Royal; luthiers Paul Duff and Will Kimble; special presenters Tony Williamson; and Original Blue Grass Boys Tom Ewing, Mark Hembree, Blake Williams, and Glen Duncan.
- Focuses solely on the traditional music created and played by the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. No psychograss, no gangstagrass, no progressive-grass, no jazz-grass, no jamgrass. All hardcore Monroe, all the time.
- Every attendee has the opportunity to sign up for an exclusive knee-to-knee, one-on-one individual sessions with an instructor of their choice.
- "Monroe-Mando-Mania" Opening Night Jam: You never know which Nashville musician on the professional scene will show up for this! Last year, legends such as Roland White, Robert Bowlin, Laura Weber Cash, Dave Talbot, and Billy Smith were just a few! Throw in pizza and kegs of micro-brewed local beer and you have an opening night party jam that will be the first of many highlights!
- Original Blue Grass Boys Tom Ewing, Glen Duncan, Mark Hembree and Blake Williams will tell stories of what it was like to be a Blue Grass Boy. They will answer questions and play a few tunes during this special event.
- Luthiers Paul Duff and Will Kimble will present "The Art of Mandolin Construction" and reside on-site shop for instrument repairs, set-ups, and refinements.
- Tony Williamson from Mandolin Central will present the History of the American Mandolin. An expert and historian on Gibson and the Loar era instruments, Tony will demonstrate instruments during his presentation.
2014 Monroe Mandolin Camp Attendees
There will also be a Monroe Mandolin Camp Youth Scholarship Benefit Concert at Carter Vintage Guitars on September 12. The concert features all camp instructors and luthiers, the Blue Grass Boys, and six incredibly talented youth, ages 10-16, who are the 2015 Youth Scholarship recipients. This event will have limited seating in-store and will be televised on Concert Window for viewers around the world.
Hot catered meals, miles of walking trails, a fishing pond, 12-15 daily classes to choose from, daily instructor-led slow jams, late night snacks and drinks to go with the all-night jams, fire pits, gourmet coffee each day, and a Sunday Morning Gospel Revival at the lake all make the Monroe Mandolin Camp a destination and an experience to remember.
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