2014 camp photo

ABC logo American Banjo Camp

Sep. 11 - 13, 2015
Fort Flagler State Park
Nordland, Washington

Spend a weekend away from the toil and cares of everyday life, with nothing to do but learn about the 5-string banjo or fiddle or guitar or some other instrument from world-famous teachers, play in jams, eat delicious food, and possibly even sleep!

The American Banjo Camp takes place on the first weekend after Labor Day each year at a spectacularly scenic converted fort on the Puget Sound.

ABC is a camp for adults of all ages (students under 18 may attend if accompanied by a parent). There you can study old-time or bluegrass banjo with world-class instructors. Or you can take classes in fiddle, guitar, or other instruments (see the schedule).

The schedule is packed with hands-on classes and faculty concerts as well as dozens of jamming opportunities. An "Extra Day" offers a band scramble, student open mic, hosted jams, and panel sessions.


Are you a member of the Washington Bluegrass Association or the Oregon Bluegrass Association? If so, you're eligible for the WBA/OBA New Member Scholarship that will take $50 off your first registration fee!

The 2015 Class Schedule is ready for viewing!

T-shirt design

The design for the 2015 ABC comemorative T-shirt is this golden banjo on a royal blue background...

Jenny Glover's fine Fiddletails blog is featuring a tune, "Sadie at the Back Door," written by Jere Canote and performed at ABC in 2009. Here's a link to her blog.

Mess Hall

The 13th American Banjo Camp will take place at scenic Fort Flagler (near Port Townsend, WA) on the weekend after Labor Day (Friday, Sept. 11th to Sunday, Sept. 13th, 2015) with an optional "Extra Day" on Thursday, Sept. 10th.

ABC is not just for banjos anymore! We also feature a FIDDLE track as well as GUITAR, BASS, MANDOLIN, and JAMMING classes!

What does music do to your brain? This YouTube Video explains a lot!

Our Program

American Banjo Camp is committed to offering highly specialized classes tailored to the expertise of our faculty. Over the course of ABC you’ll have the opportunity to take eight different classes and socialize with the instructors outside of class. See the details of our classes and schedule.

Our Faculty

We pride ourselves on having teachers that are among the best in the world! It's just frosting on the cake that they're also among the best players in the world. See their biographies here.

Tuition and Registration

We try to keep the tuition and other costs as low as possble while providing priceless instruction and inspiration. We can also offer a limited number of scholarships. We have forms to register for camp and to apply for a scholarship.

Camper InfoFt Flagler Map

Most of the things you need to know when you're getting ready for American Banjo Camp – how to get to camp, what to bring, songs to play in jams, etc. – are on the Camper Info page.


If you have a question, check here. Somebody may already have asked it! If you don't have a question yet, look here and you may find one.


ABC has been running since 2003; we have photos and other information about past camps. The Misc page also has ABC posters and flyers you can print out, as well as a place to get ABC T-shirts, mugs, etc. and links to other music-related web sites.

Directors & Coordinator

Peter LangstonCo-director Peter Langston also directs both the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and the California Bluegrass Association's Summer Music Camp at Grass Valley, CA. Peter grew up in the urban "folk scare" of the 50s and 60s and has played bluegrass and old-time music on a range of instruments for more than 50 years.

Ken PerlmanCo-director Ken Perlman has served as music director for several banjo teaching festivals, including the Maryland Banjo Academy, Banjo Camp North, the Bath Banjo Festival, Midwest Banjo Camp, and Swannee Banjo Camp. He is also on the old-time staff for the American Banjo Camp, specializing in melodic clawhammer banjo.

  Janet PetersonOn-site Coordinator Janet Peterson lives in Bellingham, Washington, and is a sign language interpreter for the deaf and deaf/blind. She is a founding member of the band Motherlode in which she sings and plays cello and guitar, (but never the banjo). Janet is a year-round Coordinator for the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and Co-Director of the California Bluegrass Association's Summer Music Camp at Grass Valley as well as being the on-site coordinator for the American Banjo Camp.  

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