Instructors 2018

Mandolin

  • Mike Compton, Director Befriended and mentored by Bill Monroe, the acknowledged Father of Bluegrass Music, Mike Compton is one of today’s foremost interpreters of Monroe’s genre-creating mandolin style. Compton’s mastery of mandolin is at once effortless and exceptional. ... more
  • Matt Flinner Multi-instrumentalist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy, he played bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens. Flinner later took up the ... more
  • Skip Gorman For over half a century Skip has enjoyed singing, playing and performing an impressive and varied palette of traditional American and Celtic folk music. As an accomplished singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist, Gorman has completed ... more
  • John Keith John Keith was born in Parkersburg, WV and raised just up and across the Ohio River in Newport, OH. He and his wife, Tina, now live near Cambridge, OH. where John is a full-time minister ... more
  • Caleb Klauder Caleb Klauder has been playing mandolin in the traditional styles of bluegrass and old time fiddle music for over 20 years, and he performs with the Foghorn Stringband. Caleb also fronts his own honky tonk ... more
  • Mark Royal Hailing from Ohio County, Kentucky, birthplace of Bill Monroe, Mark stays true to his roots as an avid follower of the Bill Monroe mandolin performance style. A fixture on the western Kentucky regional bluegrass scene, ... more

Fiddle

  • Byron Berline Berline started playing  fiddle at age five, and quickly developed a talent for it. In 1965 he recorded the album Pickin’ and Fiddlin’ with the Dillards. That same year he met Bill Monroe at the ... more
  • Bobby Hicks After more than fifty years on the road, Bobby Hicks—indisputably one of the most influential fiddlers in bluegrass music—has come home to his native North Carolina. In 1954 Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys came ... more

Banjo

  • Bob Black Banjoist Bob Black has bluegrass roots going straight back to Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music.” As a Bluegrass Boy, Bob toured and recorded with the late great musical master for 2 years (1974 ... more
  • Alan Munde Alan Munde was born November 4, 1946 in Norman, Oklahoma and began his bluegrass banjo musical career while attending the University of Oklahoma. He and fellow student Byron Berline, fiddler extraordinaire, spent much of ... more

New For 2018: Guitar & Singing!

  • Jody Stecher When it comes to folk, old-time, and bluegrass music, there are few players that can compete with Jody Stecher. Since the 1960s, Stecher and his recordings have been credited by an entire generation of ... more

New For 2018: Bass!

  • Mike Bub Bassist Mike Bub has been a part of the bluegrass community for years. He is best known for his upright bass and baritone vocal talents, and as a member of the Del McCoury Band. Mike ... more

Luthiers

  • Paul Duff After building his first mandolin in 1982, Paul became fascinated with the array and diversity of skills, many from a bygone era, required to successfully build a mandolin. In the almost three decades since, he ... more
  • Will Kimble After studying music and playing guitar for years, Will Kimble rediscovered bluegrass music in his late twenties and began playing a mandolin his father Fred had built. A move to North Carolina where his dad ... more

Rhythm Hoss & Jam Boss

  • Raymond Huffmaster A guitar rhythm hoss who played with the Osborne Brothers, Raymond Huffmaster also was friends with Monroe, Baker and the Blue Grass Boys. A man with a heart the size of the sun, Raymond will ... more
  • Mississippi Chris Sharp Singer/Songwriter and Silver Wolf Records recording artist, Mississippi Chris Sharp was born under the influence and musical heritage of Jimmie Rodgers in Meridian, Mississippi—their shared home town. He was an original cast member and technical/post-production ... more