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"Ability to play the banjo soon places one in a social position to pick and choose from scores of social invitations. Everywhere, the banjoist is assured of a hearty welcome..."

from THE BANJO, a 1927 pamphlet published by Gibson, Inc.

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Our Mentors

The thing about old time music is that it is all about community -- finding it, being part of it, passing it along. These are the folks who guided the original six of us. Without them we would not have gone beyond beginning banjo players stuggling to figure out the tab to June Apple and remember to all start the B part at the same time. With gifts of friendship and inspiration they shared with us what they had previously discovered from their own mentors. Brooke and Diane gave us countless banjo lessons. Listening to them play and sing was what inspired us to work hard. Jill made it her mission to get us off of tab as well as instigated our first real jam complete with a fiddler. Alan was that fiddler and he spent all day guiding us through tune after lovely tune, thus gently seeding the idea that "Oh wow! It's not just about banjos." Andrea sealed our jamming fates when she sent us her student Marsha, our first very own FOB fiddler. Howard, Hubie and Jim came to a jam and then kept on coming. They kept us on track, introduced us to the established old time community, showed us tunes and made us sound better then our parts. We feel continuously lucky to know these folks.


Brooke
Brooke Parkhurst
Howard Jones
Howard Jones
Alan Jabbour
Alan Jabbour
Jim Glaser
Jim Glaser
Andrea Hoag
Andrea Hoag
Hubie King
Hubie King
Diane Jones
Diane Jones
Jill Lagerstrom
Jill Lagerstrom