Jack Hatfield wrote for Banjo Newsletter for over 30 years and has written several acclaimed banjo instruction books published by his own company Hatfield Music, and several banjo instuction books published by Mel Bay Publications, the largest publisher of stringed instrument music in the world. Jack was a finalist in the Tennessee Banjo Championship and the National Banjo Championship at Winfield, Kansas and has worked at several Pigeon Forge, Tennessee theatres and attractions including Dollywood theme park and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.
He performs at conventions weddings, and special events throughout East Tennessee with his band True Blue.
Jack has taught banjo workshops all over the USA and in England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and Canada.
He was Bluegrass Director for all three of Banjo Newsletter’s Maryland Banjo academys and has directed the BNL/ SPBGMA workshop in Nashville for seventeen years which has featured the top names in the banjo world. Jack was on the faculty of the very FIRST banjo camp, the Tennessee Banjo Institute at Cedars of Lebanon near Nashville in 1988. He was Bluegrass Director for all three of BNL’s Maryland Banjo Academys. The SMBA is now going into its tenth year.
Jack is owner/operator of Hatfield Music, providing everything the banjo player needs from instructional materials to banjos to accessories. Jack was featured on the cover of Banjo Newsletter, July 2001.