The California Bluegrass Association presents...

Summer Music Camp

June 9th-12th 2024

The 2024 CBA Summer Music Camp will be our 24th annual Camp at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, California.

JUNE 9-12, 2024

Registration opens Feb 1 at 12pm

The California Bluegrass Association’s Summer Music Camp is for advanced-beginners and intermediate players who want to improve their instrumental or vocal skills and work on jamming with others.

Camp starts June 9th with check-in, casual jams, and introductory classes and continues into the evening with a camp tour, dinner, instructor introductions, a first-night square dance… and more jamming!

Monday through Wednesday consist of intensive class sessions and elective classes and workshops on a wide range of topics.
Evening activities include instructor and student concerts, Old-time dances, and… more jamming!

The camp concludes on Wednesday evening with a post-camp/pre- Father’s Day Festival concert.

Your Support makes a difference!

With your help, the CBA continues to improve and develop our camps & education programs, plus we enable more to attend.  Thank you!

New 2024 Classes!

Square Dance Calling Intensive

Taught by Robin Fischer
Learn to call square dances and participate in the old-time ecosystem in a whole new way!

New Daily Elective: Clawhammer Banjo Fundamentals

Taught by Ryan Harlin
A daily drop-in class, separate from your intensive class, for beginners and early players. Get comfortable with the clawhammer style in each class and learn simple tunes you can bring back to wow your campmates!

Old-Time Fiddle & Banjo

Taught by Masha Crawford Goodman and Geff Crawford
Learn old-time tunes on fiddle or banjo in the morning session and then come together in the afternoon to jam and refine your technique.

New 2024 Merch!

We will be selling tshirts and limited edition prints of this original artwork by Kendl Winter

The 2024 Summer Music Camp is directed by
Adam ‘Roscoe’ Roszkiewicz.

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Register Online here

Registration opens February 1, 2024 at 12pm

Registration

Registration for Summer Music Camp opens February 1st! Please note that some classes fill up on the first day. The class you want may not fill up in the first day or two, but why take chances? For best choice of classes, early online registration is strongly advised!

Details here

Classes, Electives, and Jams

This year’s  Summer Music Camp Faculty lineup and all the class details will be announced soon.

Details here

Camping and Meals

Camping is included at no additional charge.

Meal tickets for delicious catered meals will be available and cover 3 meals a day including the ever-popular after-camp lasagna meal!  There are vegetarian options.

Details here

For Kids

While classes are geared toward adults, we offer a special program called Fungrass for children or siblings of campers who are not yet ready for camp classes, but are interested in music, arts and crafts, and fun!

  • Your instrument(s). Don’t forget capos, picks, spare strings, etc. The camp store will have accessories, but they might not have your particular favorites.
  • A tuner!
  • Clothing for hot days, warm or cool nights–be sure to include hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. We say this, though we occasionally have an unseasonably cool year, which requires a whole different wardrobe, so check the weather forecast for Grass Valley. But it’s usually very pleasant.
  • If you’re tent camping, bring camping supplies (tent, sleeping bag, etc). A nice level camping space under the pines, drinking water, bathrooms, and showers with limited supplies of hot water are provided. There are no picnic tables at the sites or BBQs. So a camp table will be helpful, and a camp stool for jamming is nice. Also, you can bring a comfortable chair for the evening concerts.
  • To help conserve resources, please bring a travel mug for drinks and a refillable water bottle.
  • For classes, a notebook and pen, battery-powered recording device (cell phone?), and extra batteries are very helpful and in some classes essential.
  • A cushion for your chair if you’re into comfort.
  • Earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
  • Flashlight or headlamp.
  • If you have a large or heavy instrument, you may want to consider bringing a wheeled carrier for making travel to classes easier. Lightweight, easy-carry gig bags are good for the same reason.
  • You may like to have something soft to stand on if you’re a bass player and get tired feet standing on cement floors.
  • Bring a yoga mat if you have one and want to attend the yoga classes.
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.
  • And don’t forget your dancing shoes!
  • Pets – Although some kinds of pets are allowed in the campground and in RVs, no pets are allowed in the Fairgrounds during the Music Camp or the Fathers Day Festival.
  • Bicycles – Bicycles are not allowed in the Fairgrounds during the Music Camp (or the Fathers Day Festival).
  • Loud electric instruments, unless they were played by the Carter Family.
  • Illegal drugs or firearms.