June 23, 24 & 25, 2023 |

94 Natural Chimneys Ln, Mt Solon, VA 22843

June 23, 24 & 25, 2023

Red Wing Roots Music Festival


Red Wing Academy Festival Performances

Friday, 6/23 – 12pm WELCOME w/ The Steel Wheels on Blue Ridge Timberwrights Stage
Friday, 6/23 – 4pm on The Kinfolk Stage w/ The Steel Wheels

Red Wing Academy is hosted by Eric Brubaker of The Steel Wheels as a four-day intensive camp held June 18-21, 2023 at Eastern Mennonite University, leading up to a performance on stage with the band on June 23rd at Red Wing Roots Music Festival.

Red Wing Academy is open to non-beginner violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin and banjo students ages 5 – 19. Students will receive individual and group instruction from highly trained music teachers and will also be coached by members of The Steel Wheels throughout the week. Daily curriculum will include group classes, mini lessons, improv and jam sessions, technique and tone development, stage performance, electives, recreation, panel discussions, showcases, and more.  Each day will close with a camp wide rehearsal to practice for Red Wing performance.

Throughout the 4-day workshop, students will learn several tunes to perform collectively. On Friday, June 23, 2023 the Academy experience will culminate at Red Wing Roots Music Festival with a live, on-stage performance with The Steel Wheels.

Detailed schedule and class descriptions will be announced this spring! Students must be able to commit to the full camp schedule, including all camp days and festival performances.

$250 Early Bird registration deadline: February 10
$275 Registration deadline: April 14 (late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis)
Refunds cannot be given after April 14

Scholarship opportunities are available for qualifying students. Scholarship Applications are available in English and Spanish.

Red Wing Academy Volunteer and Sponsorship opportunities are available in exchange for passes to Red Wing Roots Music Festival, tuition discounts, and other perks. You may also order additional T-shirts for family and friends! Please also consider donating to Red Wing Academy’s scholarship fund. Stay updated at www.redwingroots.com/academy and on facebook!

Daily schedule is as follows:
Sunday, June 18, 1:00 – 5:00
Monday, June 19, 9:00 – 3:00
Tuesday, June 20, 9:00 – 3:00
Wednesday, June 21, 9:00 – 3:00
Friday, June 23 – performances with The Steel Wheels at Red Wing Roots Music Festival

A T-shirt and Friday day pass to Red Wing Roots Music Festival is included in your child’s Red Wing Academy tuition. If you wish to upgrade your child’s ticket to a weekend pass, you may do so by paying the difference at camp. Students 12 and under are able to upgrade for free. Family/friends of campers who wish to attend the festival must purchase their own pass at www.redwingroots.com. Single day tickets for the festival will be available in the spring.

Email [email protected] or call 540-588-0332 for more information or to inquire about overnight accommodations on campus if you are traveling from out of town.


We see the old lines between instruction and play dissolving, bringing the spirit of traditional American music into the classroom, and fusing the culture of festivals with expert training in string instruments and live performance.


The Academy’s mission is to nurture both the wings and the roots of the newest generation of old time musicians. We provide emerging, student musicians with the skills, talents, and community to go beyond classical training into the culture of improvisational performance and group play, the hallmark of a genre that has always celebrated spontaneity and place as part of its sound and tradition. 

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