Alan Bibey Mandolin Camp launches this year

Alan Bibey Mandolin CampThe 1st Annual Alan Bibey Mandolin Camp has been scheduled for later this summer, held in conjunction with the Ocean Lakes Bluegrass Festival in Surfside Beach, SC.

Joining Alan on the faculty will be Danny Roberts from The Grascals, and Gary Brown, Bibey’s cousin and a fine mandolinist in his own right. The festivities begin on Wednesday evening (August 24) with a meet and greet, followed by classes all day on Thursday. Friday is another day of classes which will finish up just in time for the festival start time that afternoon.

Registration of $300 includes all camp classes, a Thursday night concert, and lodging in rental units at Ocean Lakes. Also included are discount coupons for tickets to the festival Friday-Saturday, with lodging provided through Saturday (with linens and cleanup provided). Guests can be included in your room for an additional fee.

Only 15 students will be accepted with pre-registration available online. Mandolin students at any level are welcome and all will be provided with audio CDs of the tunes they will work on during class to take home and practice with.

There is no shortage of fun activities for non-bluegrassers along the Myrtle Beach strip. You can come for the mando classes and the festival while they lounge on the beach or shop ’till they drop.

Alan says that he is very impressed with the caliber of the food and the facilities offered by Ocean Lakes Resort, and is looking forward to hosting this camp for many years to come.

You can find more details about the weekend festival online.

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