Owensboro, KY -- Returning for his 9th consecutive year as camp director is bluegrass music legend, Mike Compton. Known for his mastery of Monroe-style playing, Mike is a preservationist who continues teaching the music that Bill Monroe innovated and which set the standard for generations of bluegrass mandolin players to come. The International Bluegrass Music Museum's (IBMM) 9th Annual Mandolin Camp will take place November 14 through 16 at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.
Monroe-style will be taught at this year's camp, along with jazz, newgrass and cross-picking mandolin styles. In addition to three days of instruction, the camp offers attendees the opportunity to see old friends, meet new ones, learn from and socialize with mandolin masters young and old, and have their mandolin serviced by master luthier, Will Kimble, all within the historical context of the Bluegrass Museum.
Campers may register online at www.bluegrassmuseum.org or by calling the museum: (270)926-7891. Registration is $500 for museum members, $550 for non-members and includes three days of instruction, meals, lodging for two nights, free admission to the All-Star Faculty concert and reception Saturday night as well as a camp t-shirt.
Joining the IBMM three day program are some of Bluegrass music's most talented musicians and teachers...
- Mike Compton
- Many know Mike from the Nashville Bluegrass Band, John Hartford Stringband, or as the featured mandolin player on "O Brother, Where Art Thou". Mike returns as Director of the IBMM Mandolin Camp - his 9th straight year imparting Monroe-style knowledge to mando campers.
- Jesse McReynolds
- One of the greatest mandolinists of all time, a Bluegrass Hall of Fame member, and constant trend-setter in Bluegrass Music, Jesse joins the IBMM staff to teach his unique style of cross-picking, and provide insights into historical mandolin techniques from a life-time career in music.
- Don Stiernberg
- While still in his teens, Don learned to play the mandolin from the innovative virtuoso Jethro Burns, who guided him into a lifelong career in music. A leading exponent of jazz mandolin style and band leader of the Don Stiernberg Trio, Don has eight personal recordings, and appears on others by a variety of artists in all styles.
- Sierra Hull
- Band leader Sierra Hull attended Berklee College where she refined the skills she now teaches to others. Sierra has traditional bluegrass sensibility and skill that defies her age. Already having presented numerous mandolin workshops alone and with other mandolin virtuosos, Sierra brings a youthful slant to bluegrass mandolin applauded by veterans as well.
- Dominick Leslie
- Whether writing a new piece, learning a tune or performing with his confreres, Dominick has an infectious love of music that inspires others to excel with the same passion.
Dominick has performed the last three years at ROMP and given mandolin workshops each year that have been highly regarded by all attendees.
- Will Kimble
- Born in 1969, luthier Will Kimble fell in love with mandolins in 1997, and began building in 2000. His father, Fred Kimble, taught Will how to build and still works with him to this day. A favorite at IBMM camp, Will continues to provide mandolin repair, advice, and construction and care sessions at mando camp.