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Dr. Banjo's Four 2015 Camps

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Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampJam Camp or Bluegrass Camp? The two are not the same! Bluegrass Camps concentrate on small group playing and overall ear skills (as in our jam camps), but add daily classes by-instrument and on Bluegrass trio harmony singing. Additional sessions cover songwriting, bluegrass history, practice routines, "band lab", and more. With good use of expert staff and space, we gladly welcome everyone from novice jammers to performing bands.

No more Banjo Camps? Pete says: "Maybe not. I think the key to getting better on any instrument is to play as much as possible in small bluegrass groups, and work on the skills to play good bluegrass. A camp with all banjos doesn't work as well as a nice mix of instruments, with good guidance on singing and ensemble skills. For my best banjo instruction and guidance on what to practice at home, I recommend my wide range of DVDs."

Boulder Bluegrass Camp (Boulder, Colorado), January 4-10, 2015

Full staff of outstanding Colorado musician/teachers led by Pete and Joan Wernick including Jordan Ramsey (mandolin), Justin Hoffenberg (fiddle), and Hereford Percy (bass, banjo, more). The camp aims to get each musician comfortable playing and performing in small groups, and includes activities and guidance for all levels of musicians. Full bands are welcome!

As of Dec. 4 the camp still has space for two full bands or two partial bands. Registration is also open to individuals on instruments other than banjo in the small group jams (no banjo-only spots left). All will be placed in groups with experience/skill levels considered. More fiddlers needed! Get More information here and you can Register here.

Costanoa Bluegrass Jam Camp (Pescadero, CA), March 4-6 (with optional half-day March 3)

The coastal setting and the choice of cozy accommodations make a great backdrop for this all-levels/all-instruments camp. An optional Intro to Jamming 1/2-day starts the camp.

Immediately following the camp will be the small-scale Brookdale Bluegrass and Ol' Timey Festival, put on by Barb and Eric Burman in the style of their well-remembered Brookdale festivals. A great Bluegrass getaway! Get More information here and you can Register here.

Merlefest Bluegrass Camp (Boomer, NC), April 20-23, 2015

Pete's "flagship" camp, located in the rolling hills 10 miles from Wilkesboro, makes for a rustic getaway with hearty meals and great camaraderie among jammers young and old, local and from far away.

The Merlefest Bluegrass Camp will include classes by instrument. The expert, experienced staff will coach small groups at all levels, trio harmony singing and offer a variety of electives. Campers do two songs on the Cabin Stage at Merlefest!

Festival info: Watch, Dr. Banjo's site for updates on this camp.

Silver Bay Bluegrass Camp, (Lake George, NY) June 22-26, 2015

Last year's first annual camp at Silver Bay was a breakthrough success, and this year should be bigger and better.

Pete Wernick will lead a staff of 9 Wernick Method teachers for a fun-and-results drenched five days in the peaceful setting of New York's Adirondacks. The camp will include daily instrumental classes, coached small groups, harmony singing, and a great range of afternoon workshops including songwriting, slow jams, practice techniques, "band lab" and more!

Families will be eager to come too! With on-site activites ranging from water sports, tennis, a full craft-shop, climbing wall - you name it! A half-day camp program is available. For a look at the facility, activities, and accommodations, go to

Register before Dec. 31 and receive $25 off tuition! 80 spots are expected to fill early. All reservations (camp and accommodations) are made only through Silver Bay at 518-543-8833, x350.

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