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Weekend Jam Camp

September 14, 2024 September 15, 2024 EDT

Taught by Mike & Gail Thomas using the Wernick Method

Hollister, CA

Located at a private residence; address provided upon registration

Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-5pm

Tuition: $250

Includes Saturday and Sunday lunch. $20 off if you register by Aug 15; $50 off for Mike and Gail’s former WM students; discounts can’t be combined. $75 deposit holds your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance. You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.

  • Reasonably priced motels in Gilroy (15 minutes away), plus other options in Hollister (10 minutes away). See hotels.com.
  • Limited onsite dry camping and RV sites available.  Email Mike for details: banjoworx@gmail.com


Mike Thomas (Hollister, CA) was bitten early by the bluegrass bug. In college he played banjo and guitar in bands and while in the Air Force played multiple instruments in Country Western bands. During a 40-year business career and since retiring, he’s continued playing and teaching banjo, picked up bass and dobro, and attended many bluegrass workshops including Wernick Method camps. He recently relocated from Virginia, joining Gail and participating in the active California bluegrass community.

Gail Thomas learned to play guitar as a teenager and years later was fortunate to get into bluegrass with her guitar and fiddle. She also loves to sing and harmonize. Gail has found the bluegrass community incredibly warm and welcoming, and looks forward to helping expand the community in the Hollister area.

“Mike is incredibly skilled and patient, has a wonderful teaching manner, and is always encouraging–the perfect mix of traits for a terrific instructor.”
“I can’t rave enough about Mike and his patient, excellent teaching style. This instrument is the first I’ve ever tried to learn, and Mike has helped me make great progress.”
“Gail was so patient with me. I was really encouraged. She is a wonderful teacher.”
“Mike is a fantastic teacher, very patient and very positive.”
“The instructors had a clear path and kept the class moving. They covered a lot of material and subjects in a short time. They were very warm, caring, fun to be with.”
“Mike and Gail were incredibly experienced and kind. Their patient and direct instruction took note of students’ stress.”
“Mike is truly an excellent teacher & communicator. He totally understands my needs and limitations, and always finds a way to address them to help me move forward.”
“Mike and Gail were so positive and helpful and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and do things I never thought I would do in public – like sing, take a break, lead a song in a jam! They didn’t just teach the basics, they also taught the whys and the little things like how to find the best key for your voice and how to use mics. It turned out to be a great learning experience and fun!”
San Felipe Rd
Hollister, CA 95023 United States
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Tuition: $250

Includes Saturday and Sunday lunch. $20 off if you register by Aug 15; $50 off for Mike and Gail’s former WM students; discounts can’t be combined. $75 deposit holds your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance. You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.

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