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9th Annual IBMM Mandolin Camp
With Mike Compton continuing as Camp Director, the Bill Monroe banner will still be carried high at this year’s camp, while other faculty members will add different methods of teaching. (Mr. Compton may do so, as well!) The Museum’s goal is to be inclusive of several styles in our 2014 curriculum.
The current IBMM Mandolin camp faculty now includes:
- Mike Compton: For anyone who loves bluegrass mandolin, acoustic blues, or watching a musician express himself with incredible mastery of his instrument, Mike Compton is riveting. 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.
A mandolin master able to channel the Monroe-style playing better than anyone, Compton 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.
A true bluegrass icon and considered one of the best and most influential mandolin players in acoustic music today, Mike Compton is the General George Patton on the mandolin, and as passionate an advocate as you’re ever likely to find.
- Jesse McReynolds, one of the greatest mandolinists of all time, a Bluegrass Hall of Fame member, a man who has spent his entire life setting trends, joins IBMM faculty as a rare gift to mandolin students. The forever-young Mr. McReynolds will not only teach his unique style of cross-picking, but also provide insights into historical mandolin techniques, meanwhile keeping campers enthralled with stories of Jim & Jesse’s bluegrass days of old. Wow! You do not want to miss this opportunity to spend three days and nights with the legendary Jesse McReynolds!
- Dominick Leslie has studied with mandolin virtuosos David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Chris Thile, Don Stiernberg, Andy Statman, Mike Compton and others, and enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in 2008. Dominick is currently a member of the Boston based group The Deadly Gentlemen, and can occasionally be seen performing with The Grant Gordy Quartet, Noam Pikelny and Friends and a few other spontaneous acoustic groups. Whether writing a new piece, learning a tune or performing with his confreres, Dominick will always share his love of music with others and enjoy playing the mandolin. Dominick performed at 2013 ROMP and gave a Mandolin workshop at ROMP with Sam Bush. We look forward to adding his instruction to our growing list of instructors for the 9th Annual IBMM Mandolin Camp.
- Sierra Hull appeared on Kentucky’s own Woodsongs when she was 10 years old with her hero Sam Bush, was invited to the Opry stage at age 11, signed to Rounder Records and released her first CD at age 16, and currently attends the Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship. Sierra has a traditional bluegrass sensibility and skill that defies her young 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.
Don Stiernberg: While still in his teens, Don Stiernberg learned to play the mandolin from the influential and innovative virtuoso Jethro Burns. Jethro referred to Don as his “graduate student”, hired him to play in his band, and guided him into a lifelong career in music.
A leading exponent of jazz mandolin style, Don has eight recording projects of his own and appears on many others by a variety of artists in all styles. In addition to touring from coast to coast and abroad with his own trio, he stays busy with freelance performing and recording session work in and around his native Chicago.
Don also enjoys teaching and writing about the mandolin.Mel Bay has just released his method book “Jazz Mandolin Appetizers”, and he continues to contribute regularly to Mandolin Magazine. He has been an instructor at River of the West, Mandolin Symposium, Kaufman Kamp, Swannanoa, Mando Camp North, Cape Cod Mandolin Camp, Ashokan Swing Week, Accademia Internacionale di Mandolino, European Mandoline Akademy, and Momento Rio Bandolim. Don’s latest release, “Mandoboppin’”made Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Best of 2013 list.
- Luthier Will Kimble: Born in 1969, Will 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. He is also influenced by his friend and mentor, Lynn Dudenbostel. Will and his father are inspired by Loar-era Gibsons as they pursue their passion of building mandolins. Will will be providing mandolin repair, advice, and construction and care sessions at mando camp.
New performers are imparting their own footprints on bluegrass. Stay tuned (all 8 strings, please) for news of other faculty members and mando camp news to be announced…
- Prices: Note discount for early registration!
- Registration includes: All three days of classes, some meals (TBD), Lodging for two nights (Friday and Saturday), and camp T-shirt!
- Online mando camp registration will be available soon.