Hello Everybody!

ComptonWelcome to the 5th Annual Monroe Mandolin Camp! We have an incredible line up of instructors on mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass, thus completing the quintessential instrumentation of a Bluegrass band! And to make things even more exciting, we have ORIGINAL BLUE GRASS BOYS once again being a part of this camp sharing their music and stories of life on the road with Bill Monroe!

Using the international language of Bill Monroe’s music as our foundation and common bond, friendships are made and renewed each September as we celebrate the Father of Bluegrass, and his contributions to the world of music!

Participants will have over 100 classes to choose from, one-on-one knee-to-knee individual tutorials with an instructor of their choice, organized slow, intermediate and fast jams to join each evening, daily Special Presentations that enhance the formal instruction portion each day, a Saturday evening Concert led by our instructional staff, a pre-camp welcome Square Dance with traditional caller, the traditional pre-camp opening night pizza party jam, and so much more!

New for 2018

    • Guitar and Singing classes.
    • Upright Acoustic Bass track.

Our complete stellar line up:
Mandolin: Mike Compton, Matt Flinner (“Playing it Forward”), Skip Gorman, Caleb Klauder (old-time track), Mark Royal, John Keith.
Fiddle: Original Blue Grass Boys Byron Berline and Bobby Hicks.
Banjo: Original Blue Grass Boy Bob Black and Alan Munde.
Guitar and Vocal Styles: Jody Stecher.
Upright Bass: Mike Bub.
Luthiers: Paul Duff and Will Kimble.
Rhythm Hoss & Boss: Raymond Huffmaster & Mississippi Chris Sharp

Our missions and aims with the Monroe Mandolin Camp are multiple: Teach original and traditional roots and blues influenced Bluegrass music as created by Bill Monroe. Provide a welcoming, all-inclusive community setting. Present a curriculum that helps players understand the culture that created this music, and the techniques needed to apply this knowledge to their own musical endeavors. Educate contemporary mandolin enthusiasts about the stylistic elements and backbone of this art form. Preserve the music created and recorded by Bill Monroe.

The 2018 camp will be hosted in a new location, Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, which is nestled in a beautiful valley with panoramic vistas of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. With on-site accommodations and dining options, a 2.4 mile walking track around a 200 acre lake, a 24-hour fitness center, on-site cafe and close proximity to the Asheville Music scene (The Altamont Theater, The Orange Peel, The Grey Eagle, Isis Music Hall), this 100+ year conference center is the perfect place to nurture ones soul with both nature and music!

We look forward to having you be a part of this experience. We’ll see you down the road, and look forward to welcoming you for the first time—or welcoming you back—to the Monroe Mandolin Camp experience!

Mike Compton
Heidi Herzog