Alan Munde is one of the most highly respected and best-loved banjo players in the world.A master of both melodic and traditional Scruggs styles of playing, Alan has playedprofessionally for over 40 years. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. Long admired for his creative mastery of adapting fiddletunes to the banjo, Alan's vast repertoire ranges from standard bluegrass and Texas swing to gospel, jazz and original compositions. Stylistically, Alan's playing is lyrical innature. His artful back-up is unsurpassed, enlivening songs with a delightful, endless mix of rolls, runs, licks and chops played with precision, clarity and beautiful tone.Of hismore than 20 recordings, two-- Alan Munde's Banjo Sandwich and A Traitor in Our Midst-- were best-selling bluegrass albums for years. Alan also recorded and contributed to the2001 International Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Album of the Year, Knee Deepin Bluegrass. In 2008 he and his longtime partner Joe Carr were presented with the IBMA Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Eddie Collins is recognized as one of today's foremost instructors in bluegrass music. He has authored numerous book, DVD and iBook instruction courses designed to help all levels of players from beginner to advanced on banjo, flatpick and country blues style guitar, and mandolin. His “Smokin' Licks” books for banjo and guitar have become national best sellers. Eddie currently authors the "Beginner's Corner" column for Banjo Newsletter.
Collins resides in Austin, TX, where he teaches music and performs with some of the finest musicians in Texas. He has numerous recording credits, including his latest Americana solo project, Keep On A Pickin'! (August, 2015) . Eddie holds a Master’s degree in education and formerly taught teacher education courses at California Lutheran University. He has performed and conducted workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Eddie’s career and original music have been documented in several publications and were highlighted on the nationally-syndicated television show, Texas Music Café.
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Dale from Texas grew up in a musical environment developing an interest in music at a very early age. He started on piano and later began playing the guitar and fiddle. Dale first participated in fiddling contests across Texas and is a past four time Texas State Champion. Over the years Dale has won other prestigious contests, including the World’s Championship, in Crockett, Texas, The Super Bowl of Fiddling, the Colorado State Championship, and The Western Open Old Time Championship. Dale also won the National Old Time Fiddling contest adult division in 1995. He also had the extreme honor of serving as a judge in many of our nation’s most prestigious fiddle contests.
Dale’s love for music, however, was not limited entirely to fiddle contests. Through the years Dale has been a band member with the likes of Wynn Stewart, Sammi Smith, Johnny Rodriquez, Carl Smith, Leon Rausch and Red Stegall, Stonewall Jackson, Marty Robbins, Ray Price, Bill Monroe and Legendary Sons of The Pioneers.
Dale became a full-time music teacher in the early 1990s. As an instructor, he has had the honor of being an instructor in many prestigious music camps across the country. At present, he, along with his wife Tobi, own and operate Dtmorris music studios,Boyd Texas. Dtmorris music has a clientele of students of all ages, of whom they are very proud.
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Chris Sanders, a Minnesota transplant who now lives in Las Cruces, NM, grew up in a musical home and inherited her grandmother’s talent for playing by ear and her mother’s life long passion for music. She toured with the Concordia Choir and worked with various bands in Colorado and the San Francisco Bay Area, taking a detour along the road to get a masters degree in vocal performance and raise a family. While teaching voice at New Mexico State University, she directed and arranged for the vocal group Cider Jazz. She has also taught the University of Texas El Paso, directing the UTEP Jazz Singers.
She has taught at Hill Country Acoustic Camp, appearing at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2009, and at Camp Bluegrass. She counts Neil Semer and Dede Wyland as major teaching influences.
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Tim Porter is one of our favorite guitar teachers at HCAMPs. His talent encompasses country, jazz and fingerstyle guitar.Tim plays in several bands in the Central Texas area and plays and sings a bit on several CD's produced with the Harry and the HighTones group. Tim is a one of those special talents we hide out here in the Hill Country. He plays all genres of music, is an exceptional musician who also translates his talent into being a superb instructor. And if that is not enough - Tim can do your tax returns!
Student Comments: Great player , Great Instructor.
Great rapport, kept checking with us to see if we were getting what we wanted - lot of variety - extremely knowledgeable and skilled. - very encourging.
Good pace - knows where students are and how to move them forward. Good balance of theory, music, songs we wanted to learn, techniques, etc.
If Tim ain't coming back - I ain't coming back!.
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Guitarist and composer Kevin McCormick has studied and performed in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He holds a Diploma in Guitar Performance from the Indiana University School of Music where he studied classical guitar under the tutelage of Ernesto Bitetti, composition with Don Freund, and jazz with David Baker. He earned a degree in English from the University of Notre Dame with a concentration in poetry. Additional guitar studies were with Sergio Notaro at Centro Romano della Chitarra in Rome, Italy. His compositions range from solo and chamber guitar pieces to experimental rock and jazz works to a complete mass. From 1991 to 1995 he lived in Nagoya, Japan composing, performing, and studying the Japanese koto. Since 1994 he has taught guitar privately and at schools and universities. In 1999 he opened Mirabilis Studio for Guitar in Kerrville, Texas where he resides. He is currently Instructor of Guitar at Schreiner University. In 2010 the Symphony of the Hills to commissioned him to write Soleares a piece for guitar and orchestra which he premiered with the orchestra. His Magnificat (for guitar and SATB Choir) was commissioned for the 30th anniversary season of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio premiered in November 2013.
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Gerald has been a favorite at HCAMP for many years. He now hosts his own Acoustic Music Camp in Dallas each summer and teaches in various venues exposing students to his talents on the banjo as well as the mandolin.
Gerald began playing guitar as a teenager and got the Bluegrass bug as a senior in high school. Bob Davis was a talented flatpicker and singer who performed with the legendary Stone Mountain Boys which featured Ed Shelton. Davis lived in Gerald’s hometown and Gerald spent many nights at the Davis home soaking up the music. Through Davis, Gerald met many of North Texas’ bluegrass elite and got a few banjo picking pointers as well. He soon joined a bluegrass group comprised of students at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. This group evolved over several years to become Roanoke, a group which recorded one album in 1976 with Slim Richey’s Ridge Runner record label. During this period, Gerald recorded on numerous projects including recordings featuring Dan Huckabee, Country Gazette and an unreleased project of Jazz/fusion banjo with Mark O’Connor, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas This material foreshadowed the later work of Bela Fleck. After leaving the Roanoke band, Gerald moved to Louisville, Kentucky and played with Lazy River featuring Vince Gill. When this talented but short lived band dissolved, Gerald moved back to the Dallas area, where he still lives.
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