Wintergrass 2017 Sponsors-4Culture

4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve our shared heritage, and create arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors. Wintergrass is honored and pleased to be among the recipients of 4Culture funding via a highly competitive grant process. Check out the multitudes of great work also sponsored by 4Culture.


4Culture is a tax-exempt public development authority (PDA), with a fifteen member Board of Directors, who are nominated by the King County Executive and confirmed by the King County Council. A Public Development Authority is a public entity created by cities or counties to provide public services with the agility and flexibility of the private sector; to provide services more efficiently than an agency of government; and administer federal and state funds.


Wintergrass 2017 Sponsor-PSAV

Who knew coming to the big city would be so much fun? The crew at PSAV has actually made staging and lighting support fun. We love working with them and are astonished at their generosity in the details and their willingness to think creatively with us.


PSAV is a leading full-service event technology provider in the global audiovisual and event technology services industry. We employ over 8,200 employees across 1,400 on-site venues locations and 49 branch locations within the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore. Our highly trained technical staff delivers innovative solutions in support of events ranging from small meetings in single conference rooms to global multi-media conference events with thousands of attendees. As our customers look to deliver more dynamic and impactful events, the event technology services we provide are a critical need and continue to grow in importance and we are able to support all aspects of events from planning through execution. Our services go beyond traditional and cutting-edge event technology and include creative event design, Internet connectivity and bandwidth management, overhead rigging and 3-D mapping.

PSAV’s roots go back nearly 80 years and our focus on innovation and customer service has evolved PSAV from a small, regionally based provider of audiovisual services to a leading global event technology services provider. Initially focused on U.S. hotel venues, we started developing relationships with venues at a time when most properties still chose to provide their own, in-house audiovisual services to their customers. By the 1990s, as events and the associated technology needs grew increasingly complex, we observed that more U.S. hotels began outsourcing event technology services, bringing third-party providers on-site to work with guests directly regarding their needs for specialized technological expertise. Over the last decade, this trend has accelerated and broadened to include other venues such as convention centers, conference centers and sports stadiums.

Wintergrass 2017 Sponsor-Peghead Nation

Another great sponsor of Wintergrass is the Peghead Nation, the online home of roots music instruction, gear, and news. With more than 20 streaming video courses taught by some of the best players, including many Wintergrass pals like Bruce Molsky, Evie Ladin, Brittany Haas, Bill Evans, and more, musicians of all levels can dive deeply into their favorite styles and learn the tunes and techniques they need to make the music they love. Also, their free blogs are packed with informative demonstrations, inspiring performances and the latest news about events, new albums and other happenings in the roots community. We are grateful to partner with Peghead Nation and thank them for supporting Wintergrass and the roots community!peghead-logo-with-headstock launched in September 2014 and is the home of roots music instruction, gear, and news for players of guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, bass, and ukulele.

With Peghead Nation’s e-learning courses, you can learn to play your favorite instruments with some of the best teachers in the roots music community. You’ll also stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and news from the roots music world with video demonstrations of new instruments and gear, reviews of great new albums and videos, backstage conversations with touring musicians, thought-provoking and humorous columnists, and much more.

Peghead Nation, Inc. was founded in February 2014 by Dan Gabel (Executive Producer), Scott Nygaard (Editor), and Teja Gerken (Producer). They are each passionate musicians who have deep experience in the world of acoustic music instruction, journalism, and business. They are committed to helping you learn to play roots music, learn about your favorite instruments, and stay inspired and entertained so you can play and share the music you love.

Wintergrass 2017 Sponsors-Ted Brown Music


Every year Ted Brown Music donates a ‘petting zoo’ of instruments to the Youth Academy. This makes it possible for any student to attend the Youth Academy regardless of whether or not they own an instrument. It also makes it possible for students to explore instruments they may not be familiar with. We’re very grateful for this extraordinary act of trust and generosity.

Ted Brown was passionate about helping people make music. When he opened the doors to his first music store in 1931, he worked with a small team of people who shared that passion. Today, Ted Brown Music has grown to become a leader in the Northwest music community, serving the diverse needs of six cities across Washington State. From instrument rentals and repairs to pro audio, music lessons, and live events, Ted Brown Music is Washington’s premier provider of all things music.

A lot has changed, but after all these years, we’re still passionate about helping others make music. Whether a couch-bound strummer or a first-chair virtuoso, Ted Brown Music gives musicians the tools they need to pursue their passion. Our educational services representatives work with local school districts to help support and grow their music programs, offering free instrument pickup and delivery from school and providing complimentary services at school music events. Our nonprofit, Ted Brown Music Outreach, helps ensure everyone gets to experience the joy of music by putting instruments in the hands of young musicians.

Come visit us in Tacoma, Seattle, Richland, Yakima, Silverdale or Puyallup. Our message is simple: Your music is our passion! outreach-logo500px-e1351872067392

Welcome to Ted Brown Music Outreach

We believe music enhances the quality of life by improving learning abilities, relieving stress, and providing a chance to change lives.

Our purpose is to put instruments in the hands of young musicians while supporting their musical activities and programs.

With all the proven benefits that music involvement has to offer, it’s amazing to still see school districts cutting out the arts from their schools.  We see this as only hurting our children.  This organization is taking on the task of raising awareness to these problems and implementing some programs to keep kids involved with making music.  We realize that there are a lot of programs going on in our community to give kids this opportunity.  We don’t want to replace these programs but assist them and continue to bring out more opportunities.  We ask that you please look through our website and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Wintergrass 2017 Sponsors-Deering Banjos

Welcome to the wonderful online world of Deering Banjos where we invite you to check out our full range of American made banjo’s including the Deering, Vega, Tenbrooks, and Goodtime banjos, all of which are hand built by Janet and I and our team of 48 dedicated banjo specialists right here in our Spring Valley, California facility, just 10 miles East of downtown San Diego.

We focus only on making banjos in our factory so that all of our staff’s 271 years of combined banjo building expertise is directed toward making the highest quality banjos in all price ranges and providing the best banjos in the world.

We would love to have you come visit us and take a factory tour.  It is a great honor for us to share the joy we and our staff have in making banjos.  Over the past 41 years we have made more than 100,000 banjos and every one of them has been crafted with special attention.

We are a family run business, and we regard our craftsmen, suppliers, dealers, and especially our customers as part of the Deering family. Our focus and passion is to create great banjos that enable you as an artist to enjoy expressing yourself and your music.

We look forward to building your special banjo.

Greg Deering began learning woodworking from his father at the age of two by watching him build model airplanes. Growing up in San Diego, he received his first tools and tool box which he had carefully laid out in his wagon on his third birthday. Many of these tools he still has today. That is how important this was to him. It was a career in the making.


At the age of 13, Greg purchased his first banjo by investing pay from his paper route into a used banjo. He learned to play Kingston Trio songs on his banjo with his best friend Tom playing guitar.

Greg made his first banjo as an industrial arts major at San Diego State College. In 1970, at 19 years of age he joined other enterprising young college students at the American Dream Co-Op and began doing instrument repairs and building banjos. This co-op would become the birth place of at least four now world renowned instrument manufacturers – a true tribute to the concept of the American dream! The American dream became the theme of Greg’s life when he and Janet started the Deering Banjo Company in 1975 as a family business. Together they not only raised two children but built, piece by piece, the Deering banjo factory.

Today, over 40 years later, the Deering Banjo Company has seen many a milestone including the launch of the Goodtime Series in 1997, the relocation to a new 18,000 sq.ft. premises in 2001 and the launch of the Eagle II in 2009, a breakthrough in banjo tone with the development of the new Twenty-Ten™ tone ring.

In its young 41 year life, Deering has delivered the finest hand built American instruments to over 100,000 happy musicians and counting… one banjo at a time.


Wintergrass 2017 Sponsors-Taylor Guitars

We are happy to welcome back Taylor Guitars. These folks down in San Diego build beautiful guitars and have a very impressive roster of artists including Zac Brown, Nanci Griffith, Jonathan Edwards, Leo Kotke and a whole lot more. We are pleased we’ll be hearing the sounds of Taylor Guitars as we stroll through the Wintergrass halls. And if you’re lucky, you may just take one home from the Wintergrass raffle!



Headquartered in El Cajon, California, Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, and has grown into the leading global builder of premium acoustic guitars. Taylor employs over 900 people and currently produces hundreds of guitars per day in its state-of-the-art factory complexes in both El Cajon and in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. The company maintains an active dealer network, with Taylor guitars sold through hundreds of retail locations in North America and with international distribution to 60 countries, including a distribution warehouse and factory service center in the Netherlands.

Renowned for blending modern, innovative manufacturing techniques with a master craftsman’s attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered among the best-sounding and easiest to play in the world. The company was a pioneer in the use of computer mills, lasers and other high-tech tools and proprietary machinery, and today, Bob Taylor is widely recognized throughout the musical instrument industry as the visionary acoustic guitar manufacturer. Among the company’s many innovations are its patented Taylor Neck, the first major innovation in the construction of the acoustic guitar in the last 100 years; the award-winning Expression System® 2 (ES2) pickup, a groundbreaking approach to amplifying an acoustic guitar; and the T5, the first, true hybrid acoustic and electric guitar that can produce amplified acoustic tones, full-crunch electric, and everything in-between with the flip of a five-way switch.

In addition to its forward-thinking approach to guitar design and manufacturing, Taylor has applied that same approach to its wood sourcing and environmental sustainability initiatives. Taylor is dedicated to the pursuit of best practices in forest management, new models of reforestation, and bringing ethically harvested tonewoods to market. This approach, together with outstanding playability, flawless craftsmanship, and stunning aesthetics, are just a few of the reasons that many of today’s leading musicians make Taylor their guitar of choice. The company’s artist roster numbers in the thousands, and includes the likes of Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz, Zac Brown, and many other established musicians.



Wintergrass 2017 Sponsors-Eastman Guitars and Mandolins


Eastman Guitars will once again sponsor Wintergrass this year and we are beyond happy to welcome them back. We have some juicy news too—thanks to Eastman, some lucky raffle winner will go home with a very cool MD814 F-style mandolin. It could be you!

Good luck and thanks to Eastman for their generosity!eastman-guitar-head

In 1992, Qian Ni, who had come to the United States from China to study music, founded Eastman Strings. In the beginning, he and his two musician colleagues bought instruments from Western-trained violin makers from their home town in China, but before long, they saw that a different approach was needed.

Mr. Ni hired a group of established master violinmakers, and with their help, he established a large master violin workshop devoted to the handcrafting of instruments—one of the first the world had known since the first half of the 20th century. In the short time since this workshop was founded, the reputation of Eastman Strings’ instruments for tonal quality and craftsmanship excellence has become a worldwide standard.

After establishing the instrument making workshop, Qian Ni went on to found a bow making workshop based on the same principals. In both workshops, master makers train and oversee talented woodworkers to create some of the world’s finest student, step-up, and professional instruments and bows. Today, the instrument and bow making workshops of Eastman Strings operate in precisely the same manner as late 19th century European workshops. They have virtually no power tools aside from the band saws used to cut out the necks and the outlines of the tops and backs of instruments. Chisels, knives, gouges, and scrapers, in the hands of outstandingly gifted craftspeople, are the primary tools used to create these modern instruments and bows, using methods centuries old.

Eastman Guitars will once again sponsor Wintergrass this year and we are beyond happy to welcome them back. We have some juicy news too—thanks to Eastman, some lucky raffle winner will go home with a very cool MD814 F-style mandolin. It could be you!

Good luck and thanks to Eastman for their generosity!

The story of Eastman does not stop with stringed instruments. In addition to fine violins, stringed instruments, guitars and mandolins, Eastman has become a major name in the band instrument business. Eastman builds woodwind and brass instruments and has continued the tradition of high quality at a low cost.

Most recently, Eastman became the owner of Haynes flutes, one of the most regarded brands ever and continues to operate that company in the tradition of Haynes. In the future you can be sure that Eastman will continue its fine tradition of craftsmanship and exceptional value in every Eastman instrument produced.