10 - 13, 2020
near Seattle, Washington
Spend a long weekend away from everyday life's toil and cares with nothing to do but hang out with world-famous teachers and play the 5-string banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass, or . . .
ABC features four levels of instruction in bluegrass banjo and four levels of instruction in old-time banjo, as well as a full-time guitar track, a full-time fiddle track, and a full-time mandolin track! We even have a resident bass specialist who will teach some bass classes.
American Banjo Camp runs from Thursday to Sunday. We offer nine class sessions — each session is one hour and fifteen minutes long. There are staff concerts on both Friday and Saturday evenings; over the course of the weekend you’ll have the opportunity to hear our entire staff in concert. Rounding out the program are “demonstrations,” a student open mic and band scramble, and staff-led bluegrass and old-time jams conducted at a variety of skill levels.
ABC also offers a Weekend-Only Option (Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon).
See here for more details.
American Banjo Camp takes place at
Pilgrim Firs Conference Center near Port Orchard, WA.
The American Banjo Camp offers full programs in
mandolin, fiddle, and guitar.
Click here for more details.
ABC offers a "commuter" option! You can stay off site and still take part in our program. See the Commuter Option on the Lodging page for details.
Members of WAMA (Washington Acoustic Music Association),
OBA (Oregon Bluegrass Association),
or WBA (Washington Bluegrass Association)
who are new to ABC are eligible for the WAMA/OBA/WBA New Member Refund of $50 at check-in!
The American Banjo Camp takes place on the first weekend after Labor Day each year at a camp on the Puget Sound. ABC is a camp for adults of all ages (students under 18 may attend if accompanied by a parent). There you can study old-time or bluegrass banjo with world-class instructors. We also have full-time programs in fiddle and flatpick guitar plus classes in bass, mandolin, voice, and other instruments (see the schedule).. American Banjo Camp is committed to offering highly specialized classes tailored to the expertise of our faculty.
American Banjo Camp starts mid-afternoon on Thursday and runs through lunchtime on Sunday. Our format allows us to use our time efficiently and gives us an opportunity for a bit of breathing room. Here are just some of the features:
+ A student orientation is held right after dinner on Thursday evening.
+ Thursday gives time for entertaining and informative “demonstrations” as well as our student open mic and band scramble.
+ Hands-on classes start first thing Friday morning.
We also offer a Weekend-Only Option.
We pride ourselves on having teachers that are among the best in the world! It's just frosting on the cake that they're also among the world's best players. See their biographies here.
We try to keep the tuition and other costs as low as possble while providing priceless instruction and inspiration. We can also offer a limited number of scholarships. We have forms to register for camp and to apply for a scholarship.
ABC's site is the Pilgrim Firs Conference Center near Port Orchard, WA—on the Olympic Peninsula. Pilgrim Firs—a “colony” of cabins and lodges nestled among tall conifers surrounding a private lake—is a sylvan but modern facility. Sleeping and bathroom facilities are clean and comfortable as are classrooms, dining hall, and social spaces such as the rooms where people can comfortably jam after hours. And if inclement weather ever comes our way, all of our events can move inside. Our location is relatively close to SEATAC airport (making for easy arrivals and departures), and it is accessible to Seattle proper.
For more specifics on our site, go to the Pilgrim Firs Website.
Most of the things you need to know when you're getting ready for American Banjo Camp – how to get to camp, what to bring, songs to play in jams, etc. – are on the Camp Info page.
ABC has been running since 2003; we have photos and other information about past camps. The Misc page also has (or will soon have) ABC posters and flyers you can print out, as well as a place to get ABC T-shirts, mugs, etc. and links to other music-related web sites.
Co-director Peter Langston directs the California Bluegrass Association's Summer Music Camp as well as the American Banjo Camp. He recently won an award for his work directing the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop.
Co-director Ken Perlman has served as music director for several banjo teaching festivals, including the Maryland Banjo Academy, Banjo Camp North, the Bath Banjo Festival, Midwest Banjo Camp, and Suwannee Banjo Camp. He is also on the old-time staff for the American Banjo Camp, specializing in melodic clawhammer banjo.
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