Joel Denman has a passion for bluegrass that began as a teenager growing up in Colorado. He actively gigs on fiddle, mandolin, guitar and baritone vocals, and was a public school music teacher for 30 years. He currently plays with Durango bands The Badly Bent, and The Blue Moon Ramblers. Joel holds a degree from Berklee College of Music, and is a past board member of the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society. 

As a jam coach, Joel mixes his easy-going personality with a drive to inspire life-long musicians. He is especially fond of  the inclusivity so common in the bluegrass scene, and how seasoned pickers will encourage youngsters and novice players to join in! 

“Joel is a dedicated and energetic teacher. He gave me the tools I needed to jam and express myself musically.”
“Whether it’s guitar, fiddle, mandolin or banjo, he’s the best!”
“His depth of knowledge and passion for bluegrass is contagious. Because of Joel, I have the motivation and courage to pick with others and to pursue my dream.”
“Joel opened my eyes. He showed me how to improvise and play by ear.”

Durango, CO

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