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While we remain optimistic that we’ll be able to host Red Wing Academy July 4-7 & 9, 2021, we are following state guidelines and do not have an official announcement at this time. Our hope is to have more information by the end of March. In the meantime, we wish you all the best and we look forward to seeing you all soon!


Red Wing Academy is hosted by Eric Brubaker of The Steel Wheels as a four-day intensive camp held July 4-7 & 9, 2021 at Eastern Mennonite University, leading up to a performance on stage with the band 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, July 9, 2021 the Academy experience will culminate at Red Wing Roots Music Festival with a live, on-stage performance with The Steel Wheels.

New this year, we are excited to introduce Red Wing Academy Encore! The Encore Ensemble and curriculum are specially designed for our most advanced students. RWA Encore will perform an additional showcase with The Steel Wheels on one of the main stages at Red Wing Roots Music Festival. Interested students must submit a video audition performing any piece of their choosing from memory to [email protected]. Students will be notified of acceptance prior to camp.

Daily Schedule:
Sunday, July 4, 1:00 – 5:00
Monday, July 5, 9:00 – 3:00
Tuesday, July 6, 9:00 – 3:00
Wednesday, July 7, 9:00 – 3:00 (followed by a dress rehearsal with The Steel Wheels)
Friday, July 9th – performances with The Steel Wheels at Red Wing Roots Music Festival
** Detailed class schedules will be emailed out to campers in June.

Scholarship opportunities are available for qualifying students. Admission to the festival and a T-shirt are included for participants (family/friends of campers must purchase their own pass to the festival).

Red Wing Academy Volunteer and Sponsorship opportunities are available in exchange for passes to Red Wing Roots Music Festival 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!

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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