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Red Wing Academy is hosted by Eric Brubaker of The Steel Wheels as a four-day intensive camp held July 4-7. This summer, we are offering a scaled-back camp in a two session format, with enrollment for each session capped at 24 students.

1st session: Rising 6-9 graders
Sunday = 1:00 – 3:00pm (camp check-in at 12:45pm)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday = 9:00am – Noon

2nd session: Rising 10-12 graders + 2021 graduating seniors and any returning campers who would have graduated from RWA in 2020.
Sunday = 4:00 – 6:00pm (camp check-in at 3:45pm)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday = 1:00 – 4:00pm

Detailed schedule and class descriptions will be announced after the registration deadline!

Showalter Barn in Rockingham, VA (just north of Harrisonburg, directions will be provided)


Friday, May 28 (refunds cannot be given after May 28)

In the event that registration exceeds capacity for enrollment, the following guidelines will be used for determining acceptance:

  • Students who rolled their registration over from last year
  • RWA graduating seniors (2020 and 2021)
  • Returning campers
  • Balance of instrumentation
  • Timing of registration (first come, first served)

Keep in mind, this registration is NOT confirmation of your acceptance to Red Wing Academy 2021. We will follow up after the registration deadline to either confirm your enrollment or process a refund based on capacity limitations.

Masks will be required at all times for anyone “on campus” (including campers, staff, and parents). The camp venue is a barn that will provide for both shelter and open air flow, as well as room for distancing.

Red Wing Academy is open to non-beginner violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin and banjo students. 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, electives, workshops, technique and tone development, stage performance, and more.  Throughout the 4-day workshop, students will learn several tunes to perform collectively.

Scholarship opportunities are available for qualifying students, and a T-shirt is included for all participants. You may order additional T-shirts for yourself, family, and friends!

Red Wing Academy Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please also consider donating to Red Wing Academy’s scholarship fund.

Email [email protected] or call 540-588-0332 for more information, and stay updated at www.redwingroots.com/academy and on facebook!



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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