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John Flynn
Sep-13-2004, 1:58pm
I am considering a long-term work assignment in the Washington, DC area. I am interested in finding out:

Who are the major OT players/bands in the area?

What local OT jams and events are there in the area?

What are the local OT-related organizations?

Who teaches, or might agree to teach, OT mando in the area?

Thanks in advance for any information.

Jeff Hoelter
Sep-13-2004, 3:21pm
Try here:

I don't think the old-time scene in DC is as big as the bluegrass scene, but I think you'll find the people if you look hard enough. #Try the DC Bluegrass Union site for resources too in particular the events calendar:

And Virigina and West Virginia ain't far and there's lots of old-time music there....


Sep-14-2004, 5:07am
Mando Johnny,

If you are going to be in the D.C. area for any length of time, you will want to join the Folk Society of Greater Washington - http://www.fsgw.org. This will let you know of all the musical activities in the area for each month. Someone already pointed out CABOMA. If you are interested in a mandolin teacher, you can find none finer than Tom Espinola. He teachers through the House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, MD. You can do a search and find their web site and contact them that way. There are opportunities to play around here, so if you are coming let us know.

John Flynn
Sep-14-2004, 10:59am
Jeff and Charlie:

Thanks! I will follow-up with all those contacts if and when I get assigned to DC.

Any other input from the board would be appreciated also.