Camp & Jam Workshops
The Camp & Jam is about fun with music through education. The Camp & Jam is part of a 10 year history of providing workshops to musicians, young, old,beginner and experienced alike. In the past we've depended on the performers who travel into the area for the shows and workshops, the teacher goes home and the student is left on his own. This year we have also included local teachers so lasting student teacher relationships can be made. Last year over 100 people participated in the free workshops we offered. And we only see it growing!
Our workshops are completely free, no festival ticket is required and no fee to sit in a class. Donations are accepted and 100% goes to our music education fund. Tri-County Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that hosts the workshops and pays teachers. Local recognized teachers, from private and public schools alike as well as our guest performers from around the country will help make this year's workshops the best and most informative yet. David Keeley is heading up the workshops and can be reached at (509) 738-6491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Schedule is still being updated so check back !
Jesse Maw - Fiddle
Jesse has taught or performed at workshops and festivals across the U.S., including the Shasta Music Summit, the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, and Djangofest Northwest. He also gives private instruction in his spare time. Along with the violin, he plays and enjoys the mandolin, guitar, tenor guitar, and tenor banjo. He also engages in a bit of singing, and one of his personal favorites: whistling.
Having grown up in the beautiful, natural environment that encompasses the Flathead Valley in Montana, Jesse developed a love for the outdoors and a contemplative life style. His interests revolve around continual learning through reading, writing, and listening, in subjects such as literature, philosophy, language, sports, and of course, music, to name a few. Jesse is currently engrossed in making and performing new music, as well as researching and forming ideas when approaching life's subjects from a fresh, musical perspective
Malia Furtado - Fiddle
Front Royal, Virginia
From the Northern end of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Malia grew up surrounded by music. She started playing classical violin at the age of three and at age seven, her family started playing bluegrass after going to the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention. Combining her classical and bluegrass repertoire, she established herself as an award winning musician, placing first at the Loudon County, Chesterfield, Burlington, and Galax Fiddle Contests, to name a few. Additionally, she has performed at some notable venues that include the Kennedy Center, Ryman Auditorium, America's Cup of Polo, ROMP, and the Carter Family Fold. Previous bands she has played in and for include her family band, All 4 Hymn, Blue Light Special, Driving Force, No Speed Limit and Heather Berry.
Will McSeveney - Banjo
Columbia, South Carolina
It’s hard to be considered bluegrass without the presence of Scruggs Style 5-string banjo, and fortunately for us, Will delivers just that to North Country… And then some! Will is currently attending Law School at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Will is fast becoming one of the most prominent banjo players, young or old, in the Northwest bluegrass scene today. Will’s powerful command of the instrument, and awareness of timing and taste have made him a valuable asset in our future endeavors. Drawing influence from such key figures as Terry Baucom, Jason Davis, Ron Stewart, Jim Mills, and last but not least, the great Earl Scruggs. It is plain to see that Will plays banjo in pursuit of one purpose…. DRIVE!
Michelle Rivers - Song Writing
Michelle Rivers grew up in Leipers Fork, Tennessee, just close enough to Nashville to be influenced by its sound, yet far enough away to be shaped by the pristine beauty of the outdoors and the simplicity of small-town life.
Michelle was that free-spirited kid who always had a song in her head, completely caught up in her own little world, and knew by the time she was four that she would be a songwriter. As a teenager, Michelle was shy and songwriting was an outlet for her—a way of expressing thoughts and emotions she wasn’t sure how to articulate. In the early years, her dear friend, Jill Paquette DeZwaan, was a mentor and inspiration for her music. Michelle was enthralled by the honesty of Jill’s songs, which helped guide the direction of her own songwriting style.
Sara Brown - Voice
Kettle Falls, Washington
Sara Brown is a well know local performer. She has received many awards for her singing. She teaches regular voice classes to a variety of students will teach voice at the Camp & Jam workshop program as well.Here is perfect chance to meet and learn from a well know local teacher in a casual group situation and hopefully sign up ith Sara for more lessons
Zach Top - Guitar
Zach has been a sensation playing guitar and singing in the Northwest even during the years of his youth, winning contests and wowing folks at festival jams. He has recently taken over the lead vocal responsibilities for his band North Country and the mandolin. His workshop will be of his number one instrument the guitar
Steve Harris - Guitar
Steve plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals in the band he formed called Circa Blue in July 2010. He grew up playing several instruments in his family band. In his workshop he shares his philosophy on guitar which formed in part by being influenced by the structure and discipline of those early years
Macy Morgan- Fiddle
Macy has been playing fiddle for most of her life and has learned from the best in the nation including the Ludiker family, Andrew Wilson, Katrina Nicolayeff and Jacie Sites to name very few and has been vocally coached by Sara Brown and Dannie Lynn Plummer. Macy has won and placed in many fiddle contests, band contests and talent shows and continues to progress. Some of her favorite performances include being chosen to perform the National Anthem at Relay For Life, entertaining the elderly at the local long-term care facilities and playing for numerous weddings and other various events and festivals like the Spokane and Seattle Folk Life Festivals. She has Eastern Washington University's 5-credit Music in the Humanities course for music teaching, theory and history and a Ludiker Strings Teaching Certificate. And judging by the picture, she's a pretty good shot too.
Ashley Dreyer - Kids Music Camp
Spirit Lake, Idaho
Ashley Dreyer has been playing music since she was 12 years old. She started out playing in fiddle contests across the country where she earned several titles as a teenager.
Ashley will be hosting the first Kettle Falls Camp and Jam Kids Music Camp. The kids in the camp will get to learn a tune or two, practice jamming skills, and ultimately get to perform on the festival stage. Musician skills will be encouraged to grow at this camp, and it will be lots of fun for any kid who plays music or would love to learn how. Ashley attended many festivals and camps as a child, and can't wait to play music with the kids at the Kettle Falls Camp and Jam!
Daniel Gore - Mandolin
Daniel Gore is teaching an intermediate to advanced mandolin. One of his musical loves is Brazilian Choro music, and is well known for his Bluegrass picking. His workshops are well thought out and very informative
Brent Purvis - Theory/History
Brent Purvis is the Colville High School Band and Choir Director. He goes out of his way to make sure his students are given the best possible education, not only in school but also with band camps and has years of experience working with a diverse student body.
In addition to being a music teacher, he is regular performer in the Sara Brown Band playing trombone and keyboard. He has also written, composed, and arranged a full-length Broadway-style musical-comedy, which was recently produced with high acclaim.
Gary Killings - Brass and Woodwind
Gary Killings is the brand new music teacher at Kettle Falls Schools teaching 5-12 grade music. Gary is a seasoned saxophone player, but he is also experienced in flute and clarinet. He cut his musical chops in Miami, Florida playing in a rock & roll band on Saturdays and a symphonic orchestra on Sundays. Over the past 30 years Gary has performed with numerous musical groups in the Inland Northwest. He has also collaborated with many local artists in the studio making recordings.
Stazya Richman - Voice
Stazya has been popular a voice instructor for many years in the Steven County area. She is classically trained but teaches and performs a wide variety of genres. She is an active member of Kettle Fall's own Woodland Theatre company and not only serves on their board of directors, but has had major rolls as an actress. As one of our local teachers, this is a perfect opportunity to "meet the teach" you might be interested in getting lessons from!
Richard Eich - Guitar
Richard has raised many a first time player to band member and has been instrumental for many who continue to play through their adult lives. He teaches all the bluegrass instruments and how to use them in a band setting. This year his focus will be on guitar. If you join Richards class, don't be suprised if he signs you up for open mic ... he's that good! And gentle too!
Dan Howard - Guitar
Dan Howard is the owner of All-Star Music in Post Falls, Idaho by day and bluegrass guitar shredder extraordinaire the rest of the time (except when he's fishing).
Back in California he had all the coolest licks an electric guitar player could have. Now he shares his talent on the acoustic guitar with fellow jammers at bluegrass festivals and jams. We're so glad he was converted.
Susan Dankovich - Contra Dance
Contra dancing is a social dance that one can attend without a partner. The dancers form couples, and the couples form sets of two couples in long lines starting from the stage and going down the length of the dance hall. Throughout the course of a dance, couples progress up and down these lines, dancing with each other couple in the line. The dance is led by a caller who teaches the sequence of figures in the dance before the music starts. Callers describe the series of steps called "figures", and in a single dance, a caller may include anywhere from 6–12 figures which are repeated as couples progress up and down the lines. Each time through the dance takes 64 beats, after which the pattern is repeated.
Susan Dankovich is well know around Spokane and is one of many great callers. Don't miss out and also come to the Saturday evening dance near the main stage as well!
Clair Worley - Irish Dance
Kettle Falls, Washington
With schools in Spokane and Kettle Falls, Washington, the Haran Irish Dancers have been beloved by Northwest audiences for 18 years. Their schools are made up of dancers from age 6 to 60 and beginners to world-class champions. Our love of dance shines through in everything we do. Dance instructor Claire Worley will teach Irish Dancing as well as allowing the Camp & Jam to use her studio located across Juniper Street from Happy Dell Park for additional dance and music workshops.
The Stevens County Stompers have been a fixture for years in the area. Here is your chance to try out clogging and experience the fun for yourself.
Michelle Hancock - Yoga
Kettle Falls, Washington
My background in yoga and bodywork began in 1997. I studied at the Brenneke School of Massage and the Institute of Structural Medicine in Seattle. This began my understanding of how our anatomy is designed to assist our health and happiness. I believe that every action of our body is there to create strength and balance. I studied with Allison Rubin at Harmony Yoga in Spokane and Robin Rothenberg at Essential Yoga Therapy.