The Berklee College of Music in Boston has announced that Wes Corbett has been hired as a banjo instructor, joining David Hollender in that capacity at the school. Corbett will serve as an Associate Professor on a part time basis, as his schedule allows.
It is wonderful news for all lovers of the five string banjo to see that Berklee feels a need to increase/double their banjo faculty just five years in to accepting banjo as a principal instrument.
Wes is currently touring as a member of Joy Kills Sorrow, also based in Boston, who have a new CD release coming up on Signature Sounds next month. He is a native Californian, and a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, who jumped to the east coast (and Boston) inspired by the eclectic and burgeoning acoustic music scene in Beantown.
Here’s a recent video of the band showing their avant garde take on the traditional bluegrass ensemble, shot d.uring their European tour in February