Fred Staunton was first taken by bluegrass in 1980 while attending the Skyline Bluegrass Festival in WV, seeing and hearing John Hartford and the Osborne Brothers. Twenty years later he was playing electric and acoustic guitar in a worship band at church.

George Welling has played guitar and bass, and sung lead and harmony with various groups over four decades in over a dozen states. For fifteen-plus years he has taught bass, rhythm guitar and singing in Bluegrass Kids Academy classes at the Gettysburg and Delaware Valley festivals. He’s also played in big bands and led the Western Swing group the Oklahoma Twisters. Having recently moved to Ohio, he’s now active hosting and promoting bluegrass jams in the Columbus area.

"Fred and George were very encouraging throughout the class and made sure everyone was able to contribute at their level. Challenged us to step out of our comfort zone and helped us join in to make real music."
“Fred is an excellent and supportive teacher and he always made the class fun, interesting and informative.”
“George’s open and friendly personality, his musicianship, and his organizational skills helped me regain my interest in playing music at jams.”
“A gifted singer, guitarist, and bass player, George creates a hospitable and instructive jam.”
“Fred is good at bringing the best out in people and a kind and encouraging way.”
"Fred and George made a good team. George had a great sense of humor and was an excellent teacher. Fred was warm, welcoming, encouraging — a natural teacher."
"Fred and George made a good team. "
“Fred promotes a welcoming and friendly atmosphere where players can relax and have fun making music together.”
“George is an effective teacher and jam leader whose humble confidence is infectious and reassuring. He inspires me and pushes me beyond my comfort zone.”
“Grateful to have such experienced teachers. They were both very respectful and responsive to all students' questions.”

Reynoldsburg, OH

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