CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

 

Jamie Anderson -  “Jane Schiessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music” (2006); “Best Performance in a Live Video,” Right Out TV, Music and Video Awards (2014); “Best Spiritual/Blues/Jazz Song,” Right Out TV, Music and Video Awards (2014).

 

Carlo Aonzo - “Vivaldi Prize at 6th Annual Vittorio Pitzianti National Mandolin Competition,” Venice, Italy.  “First Prize, 27th Annual Walnut Valley Mandolin Competition,” Winfield, KS.

 

Byron Berline - United States “Grand National Old-Time Fiddle Champion” (1965, 1967, 1970); International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) “Distinguished Achievement Award” (2013); IBMA “Instrumental Group of the Year” Award (1992, 1993, 1994) – with “California”, including Dan Crary, John Moore and Steve Spurgin; toured with Bill Monroe, the Rolling Stones, and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

 

Robin Bullock - INDIE Award for “Best Seasonal Recording”; Washington Area Music Association “WAMMIE” Award (3 years); “Maryland State Arts Council Governor’s Award”.

 

John Carlini - Guitarist, Grammy-nominated CD "Dawg 90", with David Grisman Quintet. Arranger and guitarist for David Grisman, Andy Statman, Tony Rice, Kronos Quartet, Tonight Show Band, Fabian, Jethro Burns, Don Rickles, and others. Music Director, Ice Escapades, for 8 touring seasons. Orchestrator, Broadway play "Song of Singapore". Toured with Broadway shows "Grease" and "Victor, Victoria" with Julie Andrews. Orchestrator and composer for DeLaurentis film "King of the Gypsies." Guitarist with Navy Show Band, 4 seasons. 

 

Dennis Caplinger - Member, Academy of Country Music Awards Show Band; Music Director for documentary film Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar (2011); Principal Artist, “Pickin’ On” CD series, including tributes to Eric Clapton, Santana, and the Rolling Stones.

 

Dan Crary - IBMA “Instrumental Group of the Year” Award (1992, 1993, 1994) – with “California”, including Byron Berline, John Moore and Steve Spurgin; IBMA Award for “Best Liner Notes” (2003); First Place Guitar Award, Frets Magazine, (1983); “International Ambassador of Country Music,” Australian/Asian Country Music Association (1985); INDIE “Best Seasonal Album” Award (1998).

 

Rick Cunha - Founding member, “Hearts and Flowers”; Writer, hit song “Yo-Yo Man”; toured with and/or recorded with Emmylou Harris, Mason Williams, Byron Berline, Doug Dillard, and Buck Owens.

 

Joe Ebel - Recipient, “Top Ten CDs of 2003 Award.”

 

Beppe Gambetta - Internationally acclaimed acoustic guitarist.  Appeared at hundreds of prestigious music festivals worldwide.  Performed with such luminaries as David Grisman, Gene Parsons, Patty Larkin, Norman Blake, Dan Crary, Tony McManus, et al.

 

Rob Ickes - Fifteen-time recipient of IBMA “Dobro Player of the Year” Award; “USA Peter Cummings Fellow” (2010); Grammy nominee, “Best Bluegrass Album” (2009); Grammy Award “Best Bluegrass Album” (1994); recorded and/or performed with Merle Haggard, Earl Scruggs, Tony Rice, Charlie Haden, David Grisman, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Buffett.

 

John Jorgenson - Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, mandocello, dobro, pedal steel, piano, upright bass, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone).  Three-time Country Music Association “Guitarist of the Year.”  Recorded and/or toured with Elton John, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams Jr., Barbara Striesand, Luciano Pavarotti, Roy Orbison, Patty Loveless, Bonnie Raitt, et al.

 

John Keawe - This Hawaiian slack-key guitarist and songwriter won Hawaii’s prestigious annual Na Hoku Hano Hano award for Slack-Key/instrumental album of the year four times between 1994 and 2011.  He was a participating artist on the first Grammy ever awarded for Hawaiian music in 2005.   In 2003, he also won a Hoku Award for Ki-Ho ‘alu, a special tribute for perpetuating the art of slack-key guitar.

 

Jens Krüger - Awarded CBS Records contract at age seventeen, this banjoist composed “Appalachian Concerto” for string quartet, “Spirit of the Rockies”, a suite for small orchestra, and “Lucid Dreamer”, a chamber music piece commissioned by the Kontras Quartet.  Inducted into Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame (2011); recipient of Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music (2013). 

 

Emory Lester - Contemporary mandolinist performed with Steve Martin on “Late Night With David Letterman (2012).  Frequent instructor at Master Series mandolin workshops across the U.S. and abroad.

 

Tim May - Grammy nominee “Best Country Instrumental Performance” (2005); “Best Instrumentalist”, The Nashville Scene Readers’ Choice Poll (2012).  Author (with Dan Miller), Flatpicking Essentials instructional books.

 

El McMeen - guitarist; winner, 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards ("IAMA") competition (Instrumental category); listed among IAMA's "Top 10 Best Acoustic Music Artists of the Decade;" author/co-author of numerous guitar books for Mel Bay Publications; featured on performance and instructional DVD's for Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop.

 

John Malcolm Penn - Co-Founder, California State Long Beach Banjo, Fiddle and Guitar Festival; performed with Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Freddy Fender, et al. 

 

Al Petteway - Grammy Award, “Best Pop Instrumental Album” (2005); INDIE Award (with Amy White) for duo guitar album “Gratitude.”  “Artist of the Year”, “Musician of the Year”, and recipient of 45 WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association.  Performed at The White House during the Clinton Administration.

 

Kenny & Amanda Smith - IBMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” (2014); IBMA “Emerging Artists of the Year” (2003); two-time IBMA “Guitarist of the Year” (Kenny).

 

Steve Spurgin - IBMA “Instrumental Group of the Year” (1992, 1993, 1994), with Byron Berline, Dan Crary and John Moore.  Winner, “New Folk” Award, Kerrville Folk Festival (1994).  Welk Music Group songwriter for Gene Watson and Reba McEntire.  Performed and/or recorded with Vince Gill, Mason Williams, Adam Steffey, Rob Ickes, Jens Kruger, Uwe Kruger, The Limelighters, and Freddy Fender.

 

Don Stiernberg - Leading contemporary exponent of the jazz mandolin style.  Performed and/or recorded with Jethro Burns, Johnny Gimble, and others.  Frequent instructor at music workshops across the globe.  Author of the instructional book Jazz Mandolin Appetizers.

 

Mason Williams - Grammy Award, “Best Instrumental Theme” (1968); Grammy Award “Best Instrumental Performance” (1968); Emmy Award “Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety and Music (1969); Gold Record, “Classical Gas” (1991); Oregon Musician Laureate (2000); Grammy Nominee, “Best Pop Instrumental Album” (2004); Writer or Head Writer of over 100 television programs/episodes; author, numerous books and articles.

 

Tony Williamson - “First Place, Mandolin,” Union Grove World Championship of Music(1969).  Performed and/or recorded with Alison Krauss, Chris Thile, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Bobby Hicks, Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Mike Marshall, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Don Stiernberg, Robin and Linda Williams, and Luciano Pavarotti.