2020 Instructors


  • Mike Compton, DirectorMike 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. ...
  • Alan BibeyAlan Bibey
    Since first hitting the scene in the early 1980’s, Alan has made a name for himself as one of the most technically gifted mandolinist in bluegrass and acoustic music. He was an original member of ...
  • Casey CampbellCasey Campbell
    Casey is a Nashville native bringing a fresh perspective to the traditional mandolin style. In his playing you will hear a mixture of tremolo, cross-picking and triple-stops that are sure to make you tap your ...
  • John KeithJohn 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 ...
  • Mark RoyalMark 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, ...
  • Adam TannerAdam Tanner
    Old-Time Mandolin Track Adam Tanner grew up in northern California and was exposed to early country music by his older brother who was learning the guitar during the Bluegrass boom of the 1970’s By 13 Adam began ...


  • Laura OrshawLaura Orshaw
    Powerhouse fiddler and vocalist, Laura Orshaw, has toured throughout the United States and Canada with Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Jenni Lyn, mandolinist of Della Mae, 2018 IBMA Emerging ...


  • Alan O’BryantAlan O'Bryant
    Alan O’Bryant (aka OBanyon) is best known as a singer, songwriter and banjo player with The Nashville Bluegrass Band. Originally from Reidsville, NC his career in Nashville spans some forty-plus years of recording, producing, ...

Fiddle & Banjo

  • Aynsley Porchak & James McDowellAynsley Porchak & James McDowell
    Aynsley Porchak began playing fiddle at the age of 9. She was introduced to bluegrass through the music of Kenny Baker and Bobby Hicks, and quickly fell in love with the music. In order to ...

Guitar & Vocal

  • Robert MontgomeryRobert Montgomery
    Robert Montgomery takes you back to pre-WWII style country music with his renditions of knockdown banjo and singing from the likes of Uncle Dave Macon and Louis Marshall “Grandpa” Jones, as well as guitar. Robert ...
  • Mississippi Chris Sharp & Piper Sharp MyersMississippi Chris Sharp & Piper Sharp Myers
    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 producer ...

Upright Bass

  • Cary BlackCary Black
    Cary Black is a bassist, vocalist, teacher, and producer who lives in Sebastopol, California. As a teacher, Cary is known for his encouraging, intuitive, patient, and coherent teaching style. He enjoys accommodating a variety of learning styles while ...


  • Paul DuffPaul 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 ...

Stories From the Road

  • Raymond HuffmasterRaymond 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 ...

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