Daniel Boner- Director of Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies, Band Director-Country Band and Bluegrass Band, Voice Harmony, Individual Instruction.
A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Daniel Boner has made national and international concert tours of Italy, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Canada, England, and Scotland; performing at venues that include St. Peter's Basilica, NATO Headquarters, the Smithsonian National Folklife Festival, the Grand Ole Opry, and The White House. In 2004 he teamed up with bluegrass shamisen virtuoso, Takeharu Kunimoto, as a member of The Last Frontier, performing throughout the United States and Japan. Daniel's music can be heard on more than fifty recordings, including his 2007 solo album, The Gospel Way, and his production of David Grindstaff's Here and Now, which featured a number of IBMA and Grammy Award-winning artists. Daniel has performed onstage with many bluegrass and Grand Ole Opry stars including Ralph Stanley, Jesse McReynolds, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, and the late Porter Wagoner.
Ron Roach - Chair, Department of Appalachian Studies
Ron Roach is Chair and Professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University. A native of North Carolina, he is from a family with deep roots in the mountains and music of Virginia and North Carolina. Prior to joining the ETSU faculty in 2013, Ron served twelve years at Young Harris College in the north Georgia mountains, where he was Professor of Communication Studies and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In September 2013, he was one of several scholars who represented the Appalachian region at the inaugural Carpathian-Appalachian International Conference on Human and Community Development in Highland Regions, held in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Ron studies the rhetoric of Appalachia as manifested through literature, music, and speech and has recently written articles about early bluegrass festivals and the work of Appalachian writer Alexander Key.
Telephone: (423) 439-7494
Office: Brooks Memorial Gym, 304A
Roy Andrade- Assistant Professor, Individual Instruction- Bass and Guitar, Band Director- Bluegrass Band and Old Time Band, Guitar Class.
Roy Andrade is a musician and teacher best known for known for his work with the string band Reeltime Travelers. In his post-touring life, he has been instrumental in growing the old-time music side of Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies where he teaches banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin and directs old-time string band groups. Since 2006 he has regularly produced recording projects for traditional artists, most notably the Doc Watson family Milestones box set. He continues to perform regularly was recently featured on NPR's Mountain Stage with the ETSU Old Time Pride Band.
Telephone: (423) 439-6957
Office: Brooks Memorial Gym, 304D
Lee Bidgood- Assistant Professor, Band Director - Bluegrass Band, Individual Instruction - Mandolin.
Lee Bidgood performs and researches in areas ranging from church worship and Czech tramp singing to bluegrass, old time, country, and early music. He received his doctorate in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music from the University of Virginia; since then his writing has been published in "Lide/Mêsto," "The International Country Music Journal," The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Lee's research has been supported by a Fulbright Grant (IIE), a Presidential Fellowship (UVA), a FLAS summer fellowship, and two major RDC grants from ETSU. He has presented his work to the Society of Ethnomusicology, the American Musicological Society, the International Council for Traditional Music, and the International Country Music Conference. With filmmaker Shara Lange, Bidgood co-produced Banjo Romantika (20013), a full-length documentary film about Czech bluegrass.
Lee has performaed on mandollin and fiddle with North Carolina bands the Steep Canyon Rangers and Big Fat Gap and on viola da gamba and baroque strings with amateur and professional early music groups. He has toured internationally and recorded with Roll's Boys and performed with other Czech bands including G-Runs and Roses and Reliéf. At ETSU Lee has taught "Bluegrass History I-II," "Survey of Contemporary Bluegrass," "Bluegrass and America's Music," "Ethnomusicology in Appalachia," as well as two study abroad courses.
Nate Olson- Assistant Professor, Individual Instruction - Bluegrass Fiddle, Band Director
Nate Olson is a musician, educator, author, and fiddler who hails from the Western US. He holds a doctorate in music education from Columbia University, and his dissertation examines fiddle and folk music in higher education. Before beginning his doctorate, he was the assistant director of the Folk Music Program at Brigham Young University teaching fiddle, as well as Bluegrass, Irish, Klezmer , and various other ensembles. His students performed extensively in the South Pacific, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
A competitive fiddler since his youth, Nate has won numerous awards, including several Utah State championships. He recently released Championship Contest Fiddling, a MelBay publication featuring transcriptions and extensive interviews with contest champions. Nate has also been a member of several award-winning Bluegrass and eclectic acoustic ensembles, recording and performing throughout the intermountain West and abroad.
Telephone: (423) 439-7476
Office: Sam Wilson, 149H
Ted Olson- Professor of Appalachian Studies, American Folk Music Instructor.
Ted Olson teaches courses in Appalachian music history. He is the music section editor for The Encyclopedia of Appalachia, the co-editor of The Bristol Sessions: Writings About the Big Bang of Country Music, a producer of several documentary collections of recordings from Appalachia, and the book series editor for the Charles K. Wolfe Music Series (University of Tennessee Press). Olson has received three Grammy Award nominations and has won an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for his work as a music historian.
Telephone: (423) 439-4379
Office: Nicks Hall, 214
Benjamin Bateson- Recording Lab Manager.
Benjamin Bateson, originally from Wheeling, West Virginia, began working in his banjo instructor's recording studio at the age of 16. This inspired him to pursue a degree in recording engineering from Middle Tennessee State University. While living in Middle Tennessee he started working for Roundabout Records and The Tracking Room studio on Nashville's music row. In 2008 Ben graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor of Science in Recording Industry with a focus in Production and Technology. In the beginning of 2009, Ben began working for Tennessee State Parks under folklorist Bobby Fulcher archiving much of the Cumberland Trail History Project materials.
Telephone: (423) 439-7474
Office: Nicks Hall, 219
Brandon Green- Lecturer, Band Director- Bluegrass Band, Individual Instruction- Banjo, Dobro, and Mandolin.
Brandon, a West Virginia native, is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. He has played on and produced numerous albums. Brandon has toured extensively with bluegrass bands throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as internationally in Ireland, Holland, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. He was a member of the Abrams Brothers for three years and has been a guest performer with artists such as Bill Keith, Jesse McReynolds & The Isaacs. Brandon also performs many venues with his gospel band "Judah's Lion". He had been enrolled in the Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music program at ETSU for a year before transferring to Concord University in West Virginia. At Concord, Brandon earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Music/Business), focusing on a study of classical music on the five string banjo.
Telephone: (423) 439-7447
Office: Sam Wilson Hall, 149G
Paul Leech- Country Music Lecturer, Band Instructor, Individual Instruction - Guitar, Bass, Mandolin
Growing up with a musical family in Pittsburgh, PA, "Tall" Paul discovered his love for roots music while finishing his undergraduate work at West Virginia University majoring in music performance. Every Wednesday after orchestra rehearsal, he would throw his doghouse bass on his shoulder and walk on down to the local old-time music jam. There he met many musicians dedicated to keeping this wonderful tradition alive and he soon became immersed in the scene. Since then, he has toured the Appalachian region and surrounding area in various roots oriented bands including County Farm (bluegrass), The Via and Woody Show (bluegrass), Hay Sugar (Americana), and Bayou Diesel (Zydeco). Tall Paul is currently the director of ETSU's Country Pride Band and teaches music theory and guitar class as well. He currently divides his time gigging with Country Pride, Bayou Diesel, and the ETSU based bluegrass band Blue Horizon.
Telephone: (423) 439-7433
Office: Sam Wilson Hall, 149B
Jane MacMorran– Director of the Appalachian, Scottish, Irish Studies Program, Individual Instruction –Celtic Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle, Celtic Band Director.
An accomplished player of many musical styles, former United States National Scottish Fiddling Champion Jane MacMorran teaches individual instruction in Celtic fiddling, directs Celtic band classes, and teaches music theory and Scottish studies courses. Jane directs the Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies Program and leads the ETSU study abroad courses in Scotland and Ireland. Jane is a popular teacher at workshops across the U.S. and has performed extensively in the U.S. and Scotland. She holds a B.M. in Violin Performance, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of the Highlands and Islands/University of Aberdeen in Scotland. In the classical world, Jane studied Suzuki pedagogy with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan and served as concertmaster of Symphony of the Mountains for two decades.
Telephone: (423) 439-7992
Office: Sam Wilson Hall, 123D
Colleen Trenwith- Lecturer, Bluegrass Band Instructor, Fiddle Harmony Instructor, Individual Instruction Guitar and Fiddle.
Colleen Trenwith is from New Zealand and started her musical journey on classical violin, gaining a L.T.C.L diploma (Trinity College, London) and was selected for the N.Z.National Youth Orchestra. Eventually, she was introduced to the world of fiddle, old time and bluegrass music and has played in various bands including New Zealand's Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, old time, western swing and country bands in NZ. Hamilton County played on the Grand Ole Opry in Bill Monroe's segment of the show in June, 1971 and at Bill Monroe's own Beanblossom Festival, where Colleen met, and had the opportunity to twin with Kenny Baker. Baker was great inspiration to her music with his flowing melodic style and fiddle compositions, which seemed to suit her own playing. She has taught both American and Irish fiddle styles for many years in New Zealand schools and privately, writing books of fiddle tunes to pass on to students and other violin teachers, with a passion for passing on the joy of playing the fiddle to others. In August 2007, Colleen began studying as a student at East Tennessee State University where she completed the requirements for a minor in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music, and since January, 2010 she has been on the faculty in the program.
Telephone: (423) 439-7404
Office: Sam Wilson Hall, 149A
Dwayne Anderson- Individual Instruction- Bass
Upright bassist Dwayne Anderson has been around music from early on in life, having grown up around his grandfather, who also played bass. It was this exposure to bluegrass music throughout his young life that helped to instill in him a strong sense of rhythm and timing. At the age of 15, Dwayne decided to try his hand at the upright bass. He asked his grandfather to show him a thing or two, and after only two short months of practice, was able to go out and start jamming with other bluegrass pickers. Before joining Darin & Brooke Aldridge (2011 - present), Dwayne performed with Blue Shadow and with Clearview. Dwayne is currently an adjunct bass instructor at East Tennessee State University. During his time as a student at ETSU, Dwayne was fortunate enough to receive one-on-one training with legendary bassist Barry Bales. While he has learned to pick a little on other bluegrass instruments, bass remains his forte—everything from bluegrass, to country, or jazz and swing. He plays a 1960 Kay bass.
Hunter Berry- Individual Instruction- Fiddle.
A native of Elizabethton, TN, Hunter Berry has learned his craft very well. Before joining Rhonda Vincent & The Rage in 2002, Berry performed with Melvin Goins and Doyle Lawson. He has won SPBGMA fiddle awards for four consecutive years and has been nominated for IBMA awards on two occasions.
Sally Berry- Individual instruction, Voice.
Sally Berry began her musical journey at a young age traveling and singing with her family band. While growing up, she performed at many festivals, made appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, and recorded on the Grammy nominated album "Ragin' Live." Singing became a way of life, but it was not until 2009 that she began a career performing internationally with the group she led with her sister, Next Best Thing. The band recorded two projects and made appearances on radio and television shows such as Song of the Mountain, Woodsongs, and Music City Roots. They were also invited to perform at the prestigious Ryman Auditorium, SPBGMA, and for the governor at the Missouri State Fair. After graduating in 2011 from East Tennessee State University with a degree in Sociology, she came off the road and began teaching at ETSU as a voice instructor in the spring of 2012. Sally currently resides in Elizabethton with her husband, Hunter, two dogs, Waylon and Dolly, and a pig, who is lovingly known as Merle Hoggard.
Greg Fields– Individual Instruction – Guitar.
Veteran of The ETSU Bluegrass Band circa 1982, Greg Fields is an accomplished vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer. Greg hails from Sullivan County Tennessee, a hotbed of traditional music and is a popular instructor of guitar and bass.
Jeremy Fritts- Individual Instruction- Guitar.
Jeremy Fritts's musical interests are quite diverse. His career has ranged from performance and composition to concert promotion and instruction. Having studied bluegrass, classical, and jazz music at the college level, Jeremy earned his Master's Degree in Guitar Pedagogy from Belmont University in 2002. Over the course of the last twenty-five years, Jeremy's band (The Fritts Family) has released more than a dozen recordings. Their most recent project, "One More Mountain," debuted nationally on the Singing News chart, and the Roots Music Report Roots Gospel chart. In addition to teaching and performing, Jeremy enjoys writing and arranging music. He has authored a series of instructional DVD's and books and his guitar arrangements have been featured in "Flatpicking Guitar" magazine.
Jason Leek- Individual instruction- Voice, and director - advanced vocal harmony bands
Awards/accomplishments - Grammy nomination for a recorded project with country artist Vince Gill - Guest vocalist on the 2010 release of the "legendary" Paul Simon - veteran musician/performer having toured with several top bands in the music industry - established studio musician/vocalist - Established performer in the bluegrass genre, having played with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Marty Raybon, was a founding member/co-owner of HeartTown and was a founding member of the Grammy nominated band Barry Scott and Second Wind - Experienced voice teacher, teaching all genres, performing arts and group lessons.
Introduced to music at a very early age, Jason Leek soon developed a strong passion for singing. While in high school, Jason was part of an a cappella "doo wop" group and this sparked his desire to study voice. After high school, Jason started an a cappella quartet in which he sang in for 4 years. During this time, he would develop his skills and knowledge of harmony singing and voice. Studying every aspect of singing and all styles from barbershop quartets, bluegrass, gospel, and country all the way to theater and everything in between, he soon developed a strong passion for teaching. While enjoying his career as a professional musician, Jason feels his true passion is with helping others reach their music and vocal goals.
Will MacMorran- Individual instruction- Celtic Guitar.
From Bristol, TN, multi-instrumentalist Will MacMorran is best known for his work with Celtic rock supergroup Seven Nations. Will is one of the country's premier Highland Bagpipe players and his unique style of Irish rhythm guitar playing is also in demand. Will received his B.S. in Audio Engineering Technology from Belmont University and has completed his M.A. in Liberal Studies at ETSU. Will teaches BLUE 1810 Intro to Sound classes, individual instruction in celtic guitar and tenor banjo, and assists in coaching Celtic band classes.
A. Trae McMaken: Band instructor, individual instruction - Fiddle and Banjo.
Having grown up on the Michigan-Ontario border, Trae imbibed varied styles of fiddle playing including Irish, Scottish, Quebecois, Ontario Old Time, and Michigan Old Time. Trae can not only switch between these stylistic accents, he melds them into a dynamic creolized language of fiddling that reflects the diverse traditional heritage of his home region. Trae has also delved into Southern American traditions, drawing particularly on his study of fiddlers from the mountainous East Tennessee region. Though a fiddler, banjoist, multi-instrumentalist, and singer of wide explorations, Trae's continued passion for the music of the Great Lakes marks him as one of the few remaining practitioners and tradition bearers of that region's musical trove. In addition to his music, Trae is also a teller of tales and has been featured by the Partnership for the National Trails System for his work with the National Parks Service as a storyteller and musician. He has earned two master's degrees that focused on folklore studies and has performed or consulted for Northern Michigan University, Michigan State University, University of Notre Dame, and East Tennessee State University.
Jim Miller- Individual Instruction - Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin.
Jim Miller has been playing and performing traditional music for the past 40 years. An accomplished instrument builder and teacher, he has taught workshops at numerous festivals as well as won many awards for his musicianship, including first place on dulcimer at both Galax, VA and Fiddler's Grove, NC. For twenty years, Jim was the owner of the Hampton Music Shop, in Hampton, Tennessee, where he handcrafted over 750 hammered dulcimers. He has played with Celtic, Bluegrass, Swing, Blues and Old Time bands, and has done session work on many recordings.
Wyatt Rice - Individual Instruction - Guitar. email: email@example.com
Fans of acoustic guitar are well acquainted with the name of Wyatt Rice. Wyatt was an original member of the Tony Rice Unit and has been a fixture in that group over the years. Wyatt has also played lead and rhythm guitar with his own band, Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz, and with The Ronnie Bowman Committee. A frequent performer on the Grand Old Opry, Wyatt has recorded or performed with numerous artists, including David Grisman, J.D. Crowe, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Rickie Simpkins, Ronnie Bowman, Lee Ann Womack, The Lonesome River Band,Sierra Hull, Ricky Skaggs, and of course with his brothers Larry, Tony, and Ronnie. Wyatt is an accomplished guitar instructor, teaching at numerous seminars, workshops, colleges, and universities. He released a DVD on bluegrass guitar with Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and has been featured on several of its special compilation CDs. With his brother Ronnie, Wyatt operates Rice Recordings, which has produced projects by artists such as The Steep Canyon Rangers, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, and for record labels including Rounder and Rebel.
Ed Snodderly– Songwriting Class, Individual Instruction – Dobro and Guitar.
Singer-songwriter Ed Snodderly is a Sugar Hill recording artist both with the Brother Boys—of whom he is a founding member—and with dobro giant, Jerry Douglas. Ed teaches dobro and guitar and the department's very successful songwriting class. His acting credits include many successful roles in touring productions and he was seen by millions in the movie "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou."
Adam Steffey- Individual Instruction- Mandolin.
Adam Steffey is surely one of the most recorded mandolinists over the past 15 years or more. He is a 5 time Grammy Winner and has been voted Mandolin Player Of The Year an unprecedented 10 times by the International Bluegrass Music Association. He is an adjunct faculty member at East Tennessee State University as a mandolin instructor in the 'Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Department' and has been an instructor at a variety of workshops and camps - including the famed Mandolin Symposium held each year in California.
He has been a member of some very influential acts including Alison Krauss, The Isaacs, and Mountain Heart. Adam is currently a member of The Boxcars (www.theboxcars.com) who were recognized as the 'Emerging Artist Of The Year' in 2011 and have been awarded 'Instrumental Group Of The Year' in 2011, 2012, and 2013 by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
He is also in demand as a session musician having recorded and/or performed with such artists as Alison Krauss, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Dolly Parton, The Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Bill Frisell, Susan Ashton, Rhonda Vincent, Dan Tyminski, Ronnie Bowman, Jim Mills, Dale Ann Bradley, The Lonesome River Band, The Isaacs, Mountain Heart, Jim Mills, The Cox Family, John Bowman, and many, many more.
Travis Stuart- Individual Instruction- Guitar, Banjo.
Travis Stuart began playing the banjo as a young teen in Haywood County North Carolina. He is a respected banjo player and multi-instrumentalist known for his rich style and solid accompaniment. Travis has toured the US and internationally with The Stuart Brothers , Dirk Powell Band, Riley Baugus, The Reeltime Travelers, Martha Scanlan and step dancer Ira Bernstein. Travis learned from old-time masters such Red Wilson, the Smathers Family, Snuffy Jenkins, and Byard Ray. He is dedicated to performing and teaching old-time music. A respected teacher, Travis has taught at music camps around the country and abroad. For the last 13 years he has led the JAM Junior Appalachian Musicians program in Haywood County, NC. Travis has recordings with The Stuart Brothers and has performed on many recordings and films.
Adam Tanner - Individual Instruction- Fiddle, Mandolin.
Adam grew up in northern California, and was exposed to Old-Time and Bluegrass music in his early teens. Proficient on fiddle, mandolin and guitar, he spent countless hours slowing down records trying to pick out every detail of the traditional music he loved. Adam's approach to playing reflects the diversity of styles heard on the early 78rpm discs and field recordings from which he draws his greatest inspiration.
Adam has toured in both the US and Europe as a member The Crooked Jades ,The Hunger Mountain Boys and most recently The Twilite Broadcasters.
Starting in 1995 and continuing into the present, Adam teaches private instruction in Old Time fiddle,back up guitar and Old Time and early Bluegrass mandolin at his home in Weaverville North Carolina.
The Swannanoa Gathering and Mars Hill College Blue Ridge old Time Music Week have had Adam on staff to teach fiddle,guitar and mandolin multiple times in the last several years to students of all ages and skill levels.
Frank Wing- Individual Instruction -Bluegrass Banjo, Guitar.
Originally from Kingsport TN, Frank is a recently retired biology teacher from Dobyns Bennett High School where he now teaches guitar for the adult education program. Frank began playing music at a very early age. His first interests were in piano. Later his passion shifted to guitar. He currently teaches individual instruction on guitar, five string banjo, Irish tenor banjo, and beginning Irish fiddle. A former member of the group The Boys in the Band with Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Barry Bales and Tom Ratliff, Frank is now involved with the band Sigean, which plays traditional Celtic, Irish and Scottish pieces.
Dave Yates– Individual Instruction – Mandolin and Guitar.
A native of Johnson City, TN Dave Yates has spent a majority of his life submerged in music. He began playing music when he was seven years old and has taught lessons since 1986 on many instruments. Some of his recent students include Hunter Berry and Beth Lawrence. For over 27 years Dave Yates played with Dave Friday; and was the opening act for Merle Haggard for nearly two years. Dave has played for five number-one gospel hits, one of which has won a Grammy.
Teresa Owens- Executive Aide.
Teresa graduated from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN, where she received a B.S. degree in Business Management. She is a native of the Tri-Cities area, and currently lives in Elizabethton, TN.
Telephone: (423) 439-7072
Office: Brooks Memorial Gym, 304
John Goad- Graduate Assistant, band instructor.
J. Wayne Lester - Graduate Assistant
Chris Sharpe - Graduate Assistant
Kalia Yeagle - Graduate Assistant