Gembrook 2013Last week saw us complete another jam camp in Gembrook. This is the second camp we have run in this location and is was a great weekend for me and the feedback to date suggests it was a winner with the jam campers as well.

I arrived on Friday evening to find that Victoria has experienced some long periods of continuous heat with temperatures sitting well over 35 degrees for several days. Fortunately our choice of venue was air-conditioned.

We had a total of 18 jam-campers including three instructors Carolyne, Max and me. The biggest and certainly most satisfying thing about these jam camps for me, is to watch the levels of confidence and playing ability develop in each of our jam campers over the course of the three days of tuition. People who would have otherwise continued to play in the closet just opened up and shone as “jam-stars” as the camp progressed. A very satisfying process to watch.

I would encourage anyone who has the wish to play along with others, join in a jam session or simply improve their level of confidence when playing with others to come to one of our camps. They work.

Thanks to Carolyn and Max for their support and help over the three days. I do hope the Victorian weather improves and the threat of further bush fires and high temperatures abate in the near future.

Thanks to all of our jam-campers, those who attended their first camp and those who returned for their second camp. John, Joe, Mary, Brent, Joanne, Shirley, George, Alan, Duncan, Theo, Shane, John, Gilly, Ted, Mark, Carolyn and Max thanks for your attendance, participation, support and encouragement. We will try to return in 2014.

Thanks must also go to our fabulous hosts Anthony and Karen Hall at Stringybark Lodge in Gembrook for a wonderful weekend. The food was great as was your wonderful hospitality, many thanks to you and your team.

Keep on picking, and get out there and meet other players. Start a regular jam session. Put an advertisement in the local paper, a poster on the local community notice board. Invite others over for a jam – long live bluegrass music.