Wintergrass Sponsor-Orvis

Orvis is a family-owned retail and mail-order business specializing in high-end fly fishing, hunting,clothing and sporting goods. Founded in Manchester, Vermont in 1856 by Charles F. Orvis to sell fishing tackle. Characterized by the leading fly-fishing trade journal as an “800-pound gorilla” in the fly-fishing industry, Orvis is recognized for its “unparalleled influence on the sport.” Orvis is the oldest mail-order retailer in the United States. Orvis has a great retail location right across the street from the Bellevue Hyatt Regency. Plenty of great info on fishing,hunting and outdoors info on their website,blogs and in the store. Orvis gives back to the community by playing an active role with many conservation groups and donates 5% of their profits to a variety of conservation efforts.


Wintergrass Intensives

Wintergrass Intensives Registration Form

New! Wintergrass Intensives – Thursday, February 24, 2011
Serious musical study for serious students

Wintergrass is pleased to announce our new adult education program. Wintergrass Intensives are designed for the experienced musician who wants to deepen their knowledge and hone their skills under the tutelage of the finest working musicians. This year we’ll offer a full day program for singers and 3 half day programs for intermediate to advanced players of guitar, mandolin and banjo.

Vocal Harmony with Laurie Lewis, Dale Ann Bradley and Tom Rozum
February 24, 2011 9am-4pm

The human voice is the oldest musical instrument, and almost all of us have one, of some sort or another. One of the most fun/fulfilling/exciting things you can do is to use that voice to harmonize with others. In this intensive workshop, we will spend the day learning and applying the basics, and working on the refining the nuances of bluegrass harmony singing.

The day will start right off with an overview of harmonies, with examples and “voice-on” learning of parts, both in a large bluegrass choir and in intimate duets and trios, where you will have the opportunity to work with the individual instructors.

In the afternoon, each instructor will be teaching a mini-class on such topics as phrasing and nuance, style, finding the right key for your voice and your song, and arranging tips. This will be followed by more learning of specific harmony parts and singing, singing, singing!

Bring comfortable clothes, a recording device if you like, and you water bottle.

Guitar Intensive with Josh Williams
February 24, 2011, 1-4pm

Study intermediate guitar with six-time SPBGMA Guitar Player of the Year and 2008, 2009 IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Josh Williams. Josh toured Special Consensus, went on to work with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage from 2003-2007, currently plays with the Tony Rice Unit and now fronts his own Josh Williams Band.

Mandolin Intensive with Adam Steffey
February 24, 2011, 1-4pm

Five-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year and Grammy award winner, Adam Steffey will take you through the paces during this session. Steffey has a long, illustrious career as an in-demand band member, playing with Lonesome River Band, Allison Kraus & Union Station, Mountain Heart, The Dan Tyminski Band and most recently The Boxcars.

Banjo Intensive with Ron Stewart
February 24, 2011, 1-4pm

Multi-instrumental threat Ron Stewart is one of the most sought after session players in the genre’s history, and is in high demand as an engineer and producer. In his thirty-three years of playing banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, and mandolin, Ron has performed with a who’s who of bluegrass, including Lynn Morris, Curly Seckler, JD Crowe and The New South, followed by a stint as a member of the Dan Tyminski Band and most recently with The Boxcars.

To register for any of these offerings, please fill out the Wintergrass Intensives Registration Form and mail it in.

Wintergrass 2011 Performers-The Josh Williams Band

Josh started his bluegrass path taking banjo lessons at 9 years old and added guitar and mandolin shortly after. By the age of 12 he had formed his own regionally touring and recording  band “Josh Williams and High Gear”. Shortly after Pete Wernick  asked Josh to participate in a group called “The Bluegrass Youth All-stars”.  This band was made up of players about Josh’s age, and was scheduled to appear at the IBMA Awards Show in Owensboro, Kentucky, in October of 1993.  These original Bluegrass Youth All-stars included Josh Williams on banjo, Chris Thile on mandolin, Cody Kilby on guitar, Michael Cleveland on fiddle, and Brady Stogdill on bass.  This band was an instant success, and led to the formation of “The Young Acoustic All-stars”, a group that recorded one album for New Haven Records, “Somewhere Down The Road”. Josh continued with High Gear until 1999 and then joined the Chicago based band Special Consensus until leaving to fill the guitar position with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage in 2003 while recording a few solo projects. Josh played with the Rage until January 2008 when he left to form the Josh Williams Band.

Josh’s guitar playing has won the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year 3 times and SPGMA Guitar Player of the Year 5 times.

Josh Williams- guitar, vocals Jason McKendree – banjo, Nick Keen-mandolin, Randy Barnes-bass

John Jorgenson and Brad Davis guitar Workshop Nov. 18 2010

Takamine Guitars and Ted Brown Music
One Night with John Jorgenson
and Brad Davis

Acoustic Clinic


John Jorgenson

Known as one of the pioneers of the American
gypsy jazz movement, John Jorgenson is a
founding member of the Desert Rose Band,
the Hellecasters and six-year member of
Elton John’s band. Artists ranging from Barbra
Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs
have sought out Jorgenson’s guitar work.

Brad Davis

Country, bluegrass, gypsy jazz and rock …

Flatpicker Brad Davis has performed with a list of
legends inlcuding: Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris,
Pam Tillis, The Forester Sisters, David Lee Roth (Van
Halen), Sheryl Crow, Sam Bush, Warren Zevon, and
The Sweethearts of the Rodeo. Additionally, Brad
has recorded two album projects featuring Billy Bob
Two of the most versitile and prolific players together share the mic for this
singularly entertaining event. Expect tips, tricks, tales, licks and laughs while
you get blown away by the range of styles and methods that only Brad and
John can display. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this unique opportunity
to see two greats sharing their guitar knowledge, talent and passion at these
intimate one-time events.

Huge savings on all Takamine guitars.

Come to check out the Takamine 2010 line-up!

Date: Time: November 18 2010 6pm to 8pm

Location: Ted Brown Tacoma 6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Tacoma, Wa 98409

For More Information:1-800-562-8938
253-572-1416 fax

Wintergrass 2011- Exciting NEW Music Educator Seminar – “Alternative Styles to Motivate Music Students and to Help Them Achieve Higher Levels of Proficiency”

The Pacific Northwest continues to lead the country in its innovative approaches to music education! Wintergrass is playing a major role in bringing in highly regarded experts from around the country for a seminar for high school and middle school music educators on how to incorporate bluegrass and alternative styles music into their music program to motivate their music students, and to help them achieve higher levels of proficiency with their music. Participants will learn about the music, new approaches and case studies for motivating students, how to teach and present alternative styles music, how to provide music instruction for large groups and how to manage large group performances.

This exciting NEW one day professional development program is designed for middle school and high school music educators, music education professors, and college music education students, and is open to any interested participants.

Featured instructors include Renata Bratt, PhD Music, one of the leading alternative styles musicians and educators in the country; Bob Phillips, president of the American String Teachers Association, String Editor for Alfred Publishing and endowed chair of music education at the University of Alabama; Tom Kopp, PhD, Miami of Ohio college of education professor specializing in motivating non-traditional learners; and Pam Phillips, music producer, editor and project coordinator for Alfred Music Publishing.

The seminar will also provide the opportunity for participants to participate at no cost in the Wintergrass String Readers session, see performances by leading youth bands; learn to play their choice of a guitar, mandolin or banjo; have a brief tour of the Wintergrass Youth Academy; purchase a Wintergrass 4-day pass (February 24 – 27, 2011) at the discounted price of $100; and, if they have a 4-day Wintergrass pass, to observe the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra Invitational (Saturday workshop for three youth orchestras and Sunday performance by the orchestras).

The program will be held on Friday February 25, 2011 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm) at the Bellevue Hyatt in Bellevue, Washington. Graduates from this highly interactive seminar will receive a certificate and can receive 8 Washington State clock hours with appropriate paperwork. The registration fee is only $75 if paid in advance by February 18, 2011 ($85 at the door). To register go online to (Education) or contact Patrice O’Neill at (253) 428-8056. Payment can be made with credit card or check. No purchase orders, please.

Wintergrass will also have an additional full-day seminar on using Americana/bluegrass music in a cross-discipline approach to motivate learners on February 25, 2011 that is designed for non-music educators such as elementary and middle school teachers from various disciplines, home school educators, librarians, curriculum specialists, and college students studying general education.

Wintergrass 2011 Performers-Scythian

Scythian performed at the 2009 Wintergrass and played some great dance sets with their variety of fiddle styles.

Rousing and raucous, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility. Take a pair of classically trained dueling fiddlers, toss in a rhythm guitar and the occasional funky accordion, then power it with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist, and you’ve got the ingredients for a show you won’t soon forget. Their high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music has one goal in mind: to get people on their feet and dancing. Their repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary Celtic and folk music to the alluring and dramatic strains of Gypsy and Eastern European tunes, and then crosses back over the border to pick up some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks.

They will be playing Wintergrass 2011 for 2 nights Friday and Saturday Feb 25-26.

Alexander Fedoryka: violin-mandolin-harmonica-bass-vocals,   Josef Crosby: violin-bass-vocals, Danylo Fedoryka: rhythm guitar-accordion-vocals, Mike Ounallah: percussion-drums