2014 Monroe Mandolin Camp is over, and the 2015 dates are set: September 9-13, 2015. Mark your calendar now! More information and registration will be available soon. We will be launching our new “MonManCamp” website on January 1, 2015, and registration will be open at that time as well.
I’m very happy to welcome you to Monroe Mandolin Camp 2015! This camp has been set up with you, the Monroe-style fan in mind. It is a place where you and I can pursue and learn more about the musical language that Bill Monroe invented and nurtured. We are not looking at ourselves as “torch-bearers”, but as educators and practitioners of one of the world’s most exciting and valid mandolin styles.
We are offering you the traditional sound of bluegrass, in all its incredible complexity and beauty. Our goal is to teach you how to use Mr. Bill’s style so that you can express your own ideas and carry it forward to future generations of players.
We look forward to welcoming back old friends and acquaintances as well as the new players to this musical community, and continuing this an annual event on Monroe’s birthday weekend. This is a destination for us to come to where we know that we are among fellow Monroephiles, in a relaxing, welcoming setting. I encourage you to learn as much as you can, to soak in the classes and jams, to listen intently to the stories, and above all to have fun. Our goal is to handle everything so that all you have to do is show up, take the classes you want, make new lifelong friends and bask in the community that is “MON MAN CAMP”, and jam ’til your hearts content! We’ll see you September 9-13, 2015 and look forward to continuing this incredible journey!
Life is good.
Mike Compton, Camp Director
Heidi Herzog, Camp Administrator
2015 DATES: SEPTEMBER 9-13, 2014
Bluegrass music has attracted a diverse following worldwide. Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe characterized the bluegrass genre as: “Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin’. It’s Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It’s blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound.”
2015 DATES: SEPTEMBER 9 – 13, 2015
In 1938, Bill Monroe and his brother Charlie broke up their successful duet act, the Monroe Brothers. Throughout the 1930s, Monroe continued absorbing black and white musical traditions, closing in on the style that would become bluegrass.
In 1938, Bill formed his own band, the Blue Grass Boys (named after his home state of Kentucky) . In 1939 he joined the Grand Ole Opry and was a member until his death in 1996. Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys lasted 58 years and saw more than 150 different musicians pass through the band. For more than half a century, being a Blue Grass Boy was the crowning achievement of many musicians’ careers; for others, a stepping stone to establishing their own bands.
But it was the group, formed in 1946 — Lester Flatt (guitar), Earl Scruggs (banjo), Cedric Rainwater (bass), Chubby Wise (fiddle), with Monroe playing mandolin — that defined the classic bluegrass quintet. Below is a list of Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys who played with the band throughout the decades. Please click on the link to see a list of the men who proudly called themselves a “Blue Grass Boy”.