Welcome to the Monroe Mandolin Camp! The vision, creation, and planning for the Monroe Mandolin Camp started in 2013 and we have grown from our ﬁrst year into a 501(c)(3) Non-Proﬁt Corporation, bringing incredible music to people’s lives. Led by Mike Compton, and taught by some of the ﬁnest players and instructors in the world, 2014 was the ﬁrst year offering a full-immersion instructional program of the music of Bill Monroe.
We have grown our presence around the world and United States, spreading the gospel of Bill Monroe and traditional, roots, original Bluegrass Music and have had participants from all over the US, England, Canada, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, France, and Italy, using the international language of this music as our common bond, and the music of Bill Monroe as our foundation. Each year we have grown our program to include one-on-one knee-to-knee individual tutorials, a televised Saturday evening Scholarship Beneﬁt Concert, organized slow and fast jams, and Special Seminars that enhance the formal instruction portion, including: an extravaganza with Original Blue Grass Boys Tom Ewing, Mark Hembree, Glen Duncan, and Blake Williams; Tony Williamson and the History of the Mandolin; Cylinder Recordings with Martin Fisher from the Center for Popular Music; Walter Carter from Carter Vintage Guitars doing a show and tell of Vintage Instruments; and Luthiers Paul Duff and Will Kimble breaking down the nuts and bolts of Mandolin Construction.
Our daily evening jams have been great fun with a plethora of Nashville Studio Musicians who come to join the fun and provide support for the participants. Starting in 2016, we have expanded our offerings of instrument tracks, as part of our comprehensive offering of Monroe’s music to all bluegrass band instruments.
In 2016, we added a banjo track with the talented Alan O’Bryant as our instructor. In 2016, we also started including elements of old-time ﬁddle music that inﬂuenced Monroe, bringing in Adam Tanner, a master at old-time ﬁddle, and mandolin, to teach that connection to the music.
New for 2017
- New additions for 2017, we will be adding a Fiddle Track, with the incredible Blue Grass Boys, Buddy Spicher and Glen Duncan sharing teaching duties.
- In 2017, we will also be bringing in another key element heard in Monroe’s music-that of the Blues. Rich del Grosso will be spearheading these classes, and we promise a deeper insight into the blues and how that made it’s way into Monroe’s music.
- 2017 will also include a Banjo Track with Alan O’Bryant.
Our mission and aim with the Monroe Mandolin Camp is teaching original and traditional roots and blues inﬂuenced Bluegrass music as created by Bill Monroe, and we are right on track with our offerings.
With it’s gothic buildings and conference space, on-site private lodging accommodations, hot catered meals that will leave your taste buds absolutely satisﬁed, the Scarritt-Bennett Center in downtown Nashville, TN, “Music City USA”, is our permanent site for the camp. With it’s proximity to the Nashville International Airport, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Downtown Nashville, The World-Famous Station Inn, Carter Vintage Guitars, Gruhn Guitars, and many other “Music City” attractions, the Scarritt Bennett Center is a perfect setting for folks to settle into a 4.5 day intensive, hand-on, friendship making, community growing camp.
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!