Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival To Host First Ever Mandolin Competition
By Russ Jordan
April 12, 2005 - 2:00 pm
Wayne C. Henderson Festival
The 11th annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition announces its first ever Mandolin Competition this year on the third Saturday in June‚ at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.
The festival takes its name from National Heritage Award recipient Wayne C. Henderson‚ a musician and instrument maker who lives in nearby Rugby‚ Virginia. Henderson's top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia; his guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of "Masters of the Steel-String Guitar", and in seven nations of Europe, Asia and Africa.
Five place awards in the Mandolin Competition will be presented:
First place Mandolin --Champion-- will receive an Anderson F-5 style mandolin.
Second place Mandolin Winner will receive a Henderson A-5 style mandolin.
Third place: $75.00 and a plaque
Fourth place: $50.00 and a plaque
Fifth place: $25.00 and a plaque
Gerald Anderson, builder of the First place prize mandolin, is a well respected mandolin builder who has worked in the Henderson Guitar Shop for 25 years. Gerald has built over 100 mandolins.