Taylor's Camp Youth Bluegrass Workshop

Hosted by Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival In Cashmere Washington

Registration for Taylor's Camp 2023 will be available by March 1st!

If you have any questions please email taylorsbluegrasscamp@gmail.com

June 16-17, 2023 Cashmere, Washington

Taylor’s Camp is a two day music workshop offered by the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival to youth under 18 years of age regardless of musical ability. Led by Matthan Hale and friends who have enjoyed a childhood of music. Taylor’s Camp culminates with an onstage showcase opportunity. Participants work with top notch, inspiring bluegrass musicians who give them something new and exciting to take away from their experience.

Cost:

FREE to festival attendees - (For ticket details go to WRBF Home Page)

Schedule: JUNE 16-17, 2023

Friday 11:00-2:00 Instructional Workshops

Saturday 8:30-11:30 Instructional Workshops

Saturday 11:30-12:00 Hotdog Feast

Saturday 12:00-1:00 Showcase Stage Show

AND A DEMO PERFORMANCE ON THE MAIN STAGE SATURDAY NIGHT!!!!

OUR YOUTH PROGRAM IS NAMED "TAYLOR'S CAMP".

IN HONOR OF THIS FINE GENTLEMAN

Taylor Richards was a young man who epitomized our vision for developing an instructional camp to nurture an appreciation of American roots music in the next generation. From the day Taylor walked into a little music store in Leavenworth Washington with his dad Steve, with a little interest in music but not much thought of Bluegrass, until he played on our stage in the guitar flat-picking contest 5 years later, a transformation took place. Every summer he would come out from his home in Georgia to see his dad and they would attend the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival. With every festival he would get better and better; gleaning information, techniques and style from everyone he could play with. Soaking up everything he could hold. He and his dad found a common ground that cemented them together, no matter how far apart they were the rest of the year. He grew into a man we were all so proud to know, with his quick wit, gentle heart, gracious manners and a smile that could calm the most hectic moment. Taylor wanted to continue his family's tradition of military service and was killed in combat serving his country as a Lance Corporal Marine in Afghanistan on June 26th, 2010. We, the Board of Directors of the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival, wanted to honor Taylor 's memory and his love of Bluegrass music by naming our school “ Taylor 's Camp”. We know we couldn't ask for a better guardian angel for our “kids”.

Taylor Richards at the 2006 WRBF