The Teacher 
June Camp is excited to welcome Bata Marcetic to teach Serbian  Folk Dances. Miroslav Bata Marcetic was a leading performer, soloist and choreographer, with the Serbian National Folk Ensemble “Kolo” in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro (former Yugoslavia) for seventeen years and is the recipient of several awards for his artistic work. He has attended almost all folk dance seminars held in former Yugoslavia and eventually, he became the instructor of several workshops held in former Yugoslavia, Japan, Israel and currently in Canada and the USA. As a well-known choreographer, he was chosen by the Folk Dance Association of Serbia to be a judge at folklore competitions that were taking place in Serbia and Montenegro from 1980 to 1993. In 2004, Miroslav established his own school of dance, “Academy of Serbian Folk Dancing” which includes more than 300 dancers of all ages, and a folk band instructed and directed by Mica Petrovic, a music coach par excellence, whose last forty years of his adult life have been dedicated to publicizing and promoting Serbian folk music. Miroslav Bata Marcetic has devoted his entire professional career to the preservation and perpetuation of folklore and dance. His contribution to the Canadian Serbian folklore community is immeasurable.

The Band

Live music parties EVERY EVENING by members of the Pinewoods Band: 

Tom Pixton, Ralph Iverson, & Patrick Yacono!


Tom Pixton 

Tom Pixton is one of Boston’s most active International, Balkan, and Scottish folk dance musicians. He has worked with many of today's most accomplished dance teachers and musicians as accordionist, pianist, band leader, music arranger, and CD producer. As a soloist or with the Pinewoods Band, he has provided dance music for dance camps, workshops, and special events in the US, Canada, and Japan. He has provided music leadership for theBoston Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance SocietyCambridge Revels, and the Folk Arts Center of New England. Tom is thrilled to once again be leading the live music at this year’s June Camp in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Ralph Iverson (violin, gadulka, saxophone, flute, tambura, kavalRalph Iverson started playing for international folk dancing in 1985.  He has been a member of many folk dance groups including Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble (orchestra director), Cambridge Folk Orchestra, Pinewoods Band, Pajdashi, Rakija, Zdravets, and Zornitsa. He plays many instruments including violin, gadulka, tambura, and penny whistle. Ralph also plays violin with the New England Philharmic and with MIT Gilbert and Sullivan
Players. He recently submitted a winning composition for gadulka and accompaniment to a "7/8" competition in Bulgaria.

Patrick Yacono (clarinet, kaval, gajda, vocals
Patrick Yacono has been active in the Boston international folk dance music scene for many years. He currently plays in several bands, including the Cambridge Folk Orchestra, the Pinewoods Band, Rakiya, Shining Moon, Zdravets, and Zornitsa, performing frequently at folk dance events and festivals throughout New England, in addition to appearances elsewhere in the US, Canada, and Bulgaria. He currently teaches the instrumental section of the International Music Club, a group of musicians that meet and rehearse under the auspices of the Folk Arts Center of New England to play for folk dances. An accomplished pianist, Patrick earned his doctorate from Boston University in Collaborative Piano, writing his thesis on the songs of the Bulgarian composer Marin Goleminov, and performs frequently as a piano accompanist and as principal keyboard player of the New England Philharmonic. In his "spare time," Patrick works as a research assistant at the Harvard Medical School.

 YOU can also join the Band! Practice sessions will be scheduled during camp so that anyone who wants to be part of the band can join in for select numbers. Stay tuned for more information.