As of June 12 we've reached our capacity for Southwest Mandolin Camp. Another possibility is to join us at our DNA Acoustic Music Camp Oct. 7-10 where Steve will be teaching mandolin and we have an uproarious good time. You may also register for SW Mando Camp and we'll place you on our waiting list. Invariably there will be cancellations.



October 28 - 31, 2021


Join us October 28th - 31st, 2021, Thursday evening through Sunday, at the historic Black Range Lodge in Kingston, NM for Southwest Mandolin Camp sponsored by DNA Music Camps. We welcome players of all levels from beginner to pro for a fun-filled learning experience to expand your mandolin horizons. 

Camp begins with happy hour and dinner at the Lodge at 5pm on Thursday, Oct. 28th and ends on Sunday, the 31st mid afternoon. The Lodge and camp staff are dedicated to making this a safe and COVID free environment; we are in the process of formulating a policy concerning vaccination requirements. See below for an introduction to our 2021 faculty plus a sampling of class descriptions from 2019. 

•    This all-mandolin camp features workshops and classes on all levels and skill sets from beginner to advanced. 
•    Classes are "hands on" including special demonstrations and lectures. 
•    Topics and styles include bluegrass, Celtic, old-time, cross-picking, swing and jazz. 
•    Faculty performances and 
jams organized by skill level 
•    Evening open jams 
•    Outstanding hospitality at the Black Range Lodge on the eastern border of the Gila Wilderness. Please contact the Lodge at 575-895-5652 to reserve room and board (or camping space.)

Meet the faculty for our inaugural Southwest Mandolin Camp:

Steve Smith

Mandolin, octave mandolin

Steve is known not only as one of this country’s top mandolin players but also as an outstanding educator and composer. A touring musician his entire adult life, he currently appears coast to coast with The Hard Road Trio and the Tim May and Steve Smith Duo. Steve has been on faculty at many of the major US acoustic music camps including Kaufman Kamp, Camp Bluegrass and Colorado Roots Camp; he’s well known for performing and teaching bluegrass, swing, jazz and roots music of all kinds. Steve has been showcased on over 40 recordings on mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello and guitar.

Tim May

Old time mandolin

Tim has been working in and out the Nashville area for over 25 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer on guitar, mandolin, banjo and dobro. His extensive knowledge of Old-time and early American musical styles come to light in his mandolin playing. Tim has taught at all of the major camps throughout the US. and Europe and has an extensive knowledge of the history of early Gibson mandolins and is an experienced mandolin and mandocello player as well.

Marla Fibish

Celtic Mandolin

One of the prominent voices of the mandolin in Irish music, Marla brings a deep and distinctive sensibility to the tradition. She has performed and taught nationally and in Ireland, and was a featured performer at the 2018 Masters of Tradition festival in Bantry, Co. Cork. Marla also plays mandola, tenor guitar and button accordion, and is a singer and a composer. She is known for her musical settings of works from a variety of poets, as well as original tunes written in traditional forms. This work is featured in the duo Noctambule, her longtime collaboration with guitarist and husband Bruce Victor. Their earlier releases include Travel in the Shadows in 2013 and The Waking in 2015.

KC Groves

Beginning Mandolin

We welcome this exceptional musician/songwriter to our staff to work with our beginner mandolins. KC was notably the band leader of the old time sensation Uncle Earl. She resides in the epicenter of the acoustic music scene, Lyons, Colorado, where she has spearheaded one of the largest and longest running weekly jams in Colorado.

Jordan Ramsey


The 2016 National Mandolin Champion at Winfield, Jordan is an award-winning mandolinist and teacher residing in the Front Range area of Colorado. Renowned for his Cross-picking and Bluegrass skill set Jordan is also known for his Gypsy swing and ethnic stylings.  A native of Tennessee, he attended the Bluegrass and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University and played with the school’s premiere bluegrass ensemble from ’05 until ’07.  Jordan’s teaching experience includes adjunct faculty at Regis University, University of Northern Colorado, Swallow Hill Music Association, River of the West Mandolin Camp, Kaufman Kamp, Don Julin's Mandolins Heal the World, and Simon Mayor Mandolin Retreat.

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