2015 Instructors

SPECIAL GUESTS:

Anne Luna - Although that thing's bigger than she is, Anne Luna makes playing the bass look easy. Having the good fortune of being raised in a musical family, Anne has been toting her bass to jams, festivals, and gigs for over half her life. While attending South Plains College where she received her AA in Commercial Music (2004), Anne was voted Female Instrumentalist of the Year for two consecutive years. To complement her instruction at SPC, Anne studied classical bass techniques at Texas Tech University (where she earned a degree in biology!). She has recorded with Alan Munde, Kenny Maines and Amanda Shires and performed with the Spring Creek Bluegrass Band, Doctor Skoob and the Acoustic Groove, the April Verch Band, Steve Smith and Hard Road, and Hot Foot Toby. She currently performs with The Hard Road Trio. She has taught at Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp, Camp Bluegrass, Desert Night Acoustic Music Camp, and several workshops across the country. She also teaches private lessons. She has performed at Tucson's Desert Bluegrass Festival, Mammoth Bluegrass Festival, High Mountain Hay Fever, Santa Fe Old Time and Bluegrass Festival, Black Hills Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass on the Green, The Rice Festival, Berkeley's Freight and Salvage, and Poor David's Pub in Dallas. Her playing has been described as graceful, elegant and at the same time, hard-driving. As a writer and vocalist, she brings a unique voice to round out the Trio. As an instructor, her energy and easy-going manner create a welcoming atmosphere for students.

Elliott Rogers was born in Osceola, Arkansas and grew up in Albuquerque NM. He fell in love with bluegrass music at an early age by hearing local bands like the Big River Boys and the Clear Ditch Ramblers. His trio in High School opened for Doc Watson. “That was a mighty big deal for me and pointed me in the direction I took with music.” That path led Elliott to Austin Texas after a hitch in the Army at FT Hood. There he worked for years with songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, George Ensle and Blaze Foley, and recorded with Lyle Lovett , Nancy Griffith and Robert Earl Keen on Roberts first album, ‘No Kinda Dancer’

“Along with everything else, we hosted a weekly Musician Night at the Soap Creek Saloon and had a great time in Austin.” Elliott and his wife Janice moved back to Albuquerque and as fate would have it, started a band with 2 members of the Big River Boys, the band that he would sneak in to see as a kid. “Wayne Shrubsall has taught me everything I know about Bluegrass and is an outstanding banjo player and musician.” (Look for his CD with Alan Munde, ‘Old Friends’.) He and Claude Stephenson on mandolin and super talented wife Janice on Bass make up the current Elliott’s Ramblers and have been festival favorites in the southwest for nearly 20 years. Elliott is also a member of the ADOBE BROS. a popular band that plays a huge variety of songs and styles. The Brothers are Moby Adobe (Wayne Shrubsall), Toby Adobe (Bruce Thompson), Obi Juan Adobe (Tim DeYoung) and Hydrophoby Adobe. They recently added the lovely Anita Pricechek on bass. What a band! Elliott’s songs have won awards and have been recorded by Jill Jones, the Bluegrass Patriots and Sons and Brothers. Elliott brings driving rhythm guitar, smooth lead and harmony vocals and contributes original material to the Gazette.

Dede Wyland - Best known in Bluegrass circles as the lead singer for Tony Trischa's influential 1980s band SKYLINE, Dede will share her beautiful voice and years of vocal teaching experience with a small group of lucky students. BACK AGAIN BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Nate Lee - Nate Lee brings a youthful energy to the camp. Like Steve Smith, Nate was born in Virginia, but moved to Texas when he was four years old. Growing up in a musical family in Ovilla, Texas (Nate’s father is banjo maker Chuck Lee), Nate started playing fiddle at the age of ten. He took lessons from Valerie O’Brien and gained valuable experience in Texas Old-Time Contest fiddling. Nate is currently a student at South Plains College. Nate plays fiddle and sings harmony vocals with the Alan Munde Gazette.

Tim McCasland - McCasland is a veteran of bluegrass music education with over twenty years experience as an instructor in the South Plains College Commercial music program. He is accomplished on the dobro, steel guitar, standard guitar and banjo. Tim's down-to-earth approach to music makes him an instant hit with students. Tim's many dobro instruction videos for Mel Bay Publications and Texas Music and Video have been popular for over ten years.

Ned Luberecki - A 25-year professional who’s noted for his dazzling technique, originality and broad sense of humor, Ned Luberecki has served for over a decade in The Night Drivers. His resume includes stints with Paul Adkins & The Borderline Band; Gary Ferguson; Radio Flyer and the Rarely Herd, frequent winners of SPBGMA’s Entertaining Band Of The Year award. He’s also drawn growing attention as a popular banjo instructor at some of the most renowned instructional camps in the US, Canada and Europe. Like Chris, Ned is also a broadcaster on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, where he hosts the regular newgrass show, Derailed, and the popular Sunday Banjo Lesson.

Since joining The Night Drivers, Ned has continued to make a name for himself as a guest on a variety of recordings and appearances, including tours with Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time and as the “other” banjo player with Tony Trischka’s Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular. In 2007, he released a popular solo project, Nedski, which included duets with friends like The Infamous Stringdusters’ Chris Pandolfi and Punch Brothers’ Noam Pikelny, along with comic favorites like “Cabin Of Death.” In 2010, he teamed up with the Sam Bush Band’s Stephen Mougin as Nedski & Mojo, releasing an acclaimed project (Nothing More) and making occasional appearances on shows like the syndicated Music City Roots.

Steve Smith - is a musician, composer, performer, and teacher. His music reflects the many influences his life, from his beginnings in Virginia as the son of a musician to his current home in the desert southwest (Las Cruces, New Mexico). You can observe these influences in his musical compositions, performances and multi-instrumental prowess as he conquers everything from Bluegrass and Old-time, to Jazz, chamber, Celtic and New Age music. Steve has performed professionally for over 25 years and has toured in 47 states, 8 European countries, Cuba, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has appeared in the national touring company cast of the Harry Chapin musical "Cotton Patch Gospel" as an actor and multi-instrumentalist. He also appeared in the off-Broadway production hit "The Robber Bridegroom" and composed the score to the Sam Sheppard play "Curse of the Starving Class". He is founder and leader of the old-time, retro-bluegrass, modern acoustic band Steve Smith and Hard Road. He is a former member of the group Cloud Valley and the Nothin' Doin' band. Steve plays mandolin, sings lead and harmony vocals.
www.DesertNight.com

Sterling Masat is a multi instrumentalist who currently teaches guitar, banjo and bluegrass studies at South Plains College. He started playing fiddle at age 4 and then discovered a much deeper interest in the banjo and guitar, two of the many instruments that he's learned to play and create with. Growing up in his family's Bluegrass-Gospel band, he recorded and toured for over 10 years before pursuing a degree in Commercial Music at SPC. He then moved to Nashville where he toured internationally with The Roys and Janie Fricke before starting his tenure at South Plains College in the fall of 2012. Through his teaching, Sterling hopes to encourage musicians of all ages to find their passion and excel in every facet of their studies.

The Rest of the Faculty:
(special in their own ways)

Joe Carr - Joe is an experienced teacher with many instructional books and videos to his credit. He will present several special topic lectures during the camp.

Gerald Jones - Certified banjo weirdo, who also plays guitar, mandolin and fiddle, you are more likely to see him at 3 a.m. in the dorm teaching and picking, than in class at 10:00 a.m. His special topics sessions are camp favorites.TheGeraldJones.com

Alan Munde - World class banjo stylist featured in the banjo bible, SPC instructor and excellent teacher. Many years teaching experience give Alan special insight into the problems faced by players of all levels. His time tested techniques really work! www.AlanMundeGazette.com