Early in his youth, Chris tramped off to the hills of western Pennsylvania to study the 3 B’s: books, beer and banjos. There he woodshedded with old hill cats in barns outside of abandoned steel and coal towns playing any instrument he could take a turn on. Hitting mountain trails, biking over rough terrain, rafting down rivers, all with a bottle of whiskey and a banjo on his back. Chris’s deep jazz pocket and graceful Kentucky-style banjo is only outmatched by the spritely twinkle in his adventurous eye. He was bold enough to believe that he should take his heartfelt chaos on the road, and is thus responsible for all of the shenanigans that embody the Bumper Jacksons: a 6...
Nick Cameron is a prolific mandolinist and three-time vocal finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Competition. He graduated in 2018 from the University of North Carolina at Asheville summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in music technology with distinction, and all of the credits for a Bachelor of Arts in music with a vocal concentration. Nick currently works as a full-time musician in the Washington metropolitan area, giving voice and mandolin lessons and performing in groups including Otto Sees Otto and the Oldgrass Stringband. As a teacher, Nick believes the most important aspect of music-making is sustainability. By learning to use their instrument properly, students can avoid long-term health issues associated with poor technique,...
A DC native, he holds a Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory and received his BA in Guitar Performance from UMBC. Erik is also a seasoned performer and has played for audiences in Italy, Belgium, the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center and 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. Erik teaches acoustic (nylon & steel) guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, electric bass, beginner mandolin, and lute.
Noah studied guitar at the Berklee College of Music. He’s toured nationally and currently performs in a number of DC’s favorite venues. Noah is also an active session player, with special expertise in composition and improvising. He brings his genuine passion for theory and ear training and a wide range of genres into the classroom.
Noah is a multi-instrumentalist musician with deep roots in the old-time tradition. He’s known for his unique fiddle interpretations and great facility with clawhammer banjo and old-time guitar, having won second place in clawhammer banjo at the 2017 Deer Creek fiddler’s convention. He’s a regular performer in the area, primarily playing with the Ellicott City-based string band Geraldine. In lessons, Noah finds out his students’ interests and provides them the tools they need to succeed. He provides his students with sheet music or tablature along with recordings for practice. Noah teaches fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar in Takoma Park.
Nick Wilby is an experienced performer and teacher living in Washington, D.C. Originally from Enfield, CT, Nick studied Jazz Guitar at the University of Massachusetts. Nick moved to DC to pursue a career playing and teaching music and to work with DC-based Pointless Theatre Company as a composer, arranger and performer.
Marta Samuel is a Suzuki violin and viola teacher. She graduated from Addis Ababa University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, specializing in Viola performance in 2006.
Luke prioritizes a low-stress and fun teaching style. With over a decade of teaching experience, he has developed a simple and practical method, helping his students identify personal blocks so they can learn more quickly and effortlessly. He helps his students learn how to play with good technique and pick up music by ear, emphasizing proper body posture and mechanics to reduce discomfort and maximize enjoyment.
Justin’s zest for music ranges across a variety of instruments, including acoustic guitar, 5-string banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and violin. His musical interests range from jazz to folk and bluegrass to flamenco, but he is currently focused predominantly on solo classical guitar and playing tango music with the Toccata Players.
Jonathan has traveled the world studying folk music in many styles. His passion for music lies somewhere between the mournful old-timey ballad and the high-octane fiddle tune, after his own experiences and through the words of great American songwriters.