|When:||Back to Calendar June 20, 2014 – June 22, 2014 (all-day)||Where:||Pry House Field Hospital Museum
18906 Shepherdstown Pike
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|Cost:||$60 per person Pre- Registration is Requried|
The Antietam Early Banjo Gathering is the premier event for enthusiasts and scholars of the 19th-century banjo music and culture. The conference, held at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on the Antietam National Battlefield, raises awareness of the early banjo’s significance in the development of American popular music and culture. It also underscores music’s importance in the lives of Civil War soldiers.
The event is a unique forum for both experts and novices to meet and share knowledge, playing technique, and research. Each year, the conference brings together dozens of people—researchers, collectors, musicians, and instrument builders—from across the nation to participate in workshops, jam sessions, and scholarly lectures. The gathering takes place in and around an 1840s threshing barn, lending an appropriate setting and atmosphere that is both scholarly and casual.
The Antietam Early Banjo Gathering typically features five to six different program sessions throughout the weekend. Presenters on each day talk or demonstrate on a wide range of subjects, including instrument construction, playing techniques, music, history, and other topics closely associated with the early American banjo. The conference’s schedule allows ample time for “jam sessions” and mentoring with some of the nation’s most experienced players.
The cost of registration for the Seventh Annual Antietam Early American Banjo Gathering is $70 for Non-Members and $60 for Members. Registration includes Saturday lunch, continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lectures, and overnight accommodations for those who wish to camp on the Pry House property (Note: registrants must provide their own period or modern tent), and admission to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Pry House Field Hospital. Hotel accommodations are available in nearby Hagerstown, MD at a discounted rate for gathering participants.
Registration opens at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on Friday afternoon. Formal sessions typically begin on Friday evening and run through Sunday afternoon. A public concert is held on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The Saturday concert is staged in or near the Pry Barn, while the Sunday concert takes place at the Dunker Church on Antietam Battlefield. As a part of the gathering, registered participants are invited to perform in these concerts. While participation in either concert is purely voluntary, attendees are encouraged to share and each performance gives participants an opportunity to play publicly with well-respected musicians in these special, historic venues.