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Kathy Barwick

Kathy BarwickSince 1978, Kathy Barwick has taught private lessons, group lessons, and is a sought-after music camp instructor. Kathy was a regular contributor to the popular Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.


Kathy’s approach focuses on providing students with the tools to learn recorded solos by ear, create their own arrangements, and ultimately improvise. Kathy’s ability to break down both technique and theory in the service of playing traditional music has resulted in many “aha” moments for her students. She plays and teaches a host of instruments including banjo, Dobro (resonator guitar), and guitar. With over 40 years of experience playing folk, bluegrass, blues, country blues, and Irish music, she’s earned a reputation as a musician’s musician.


Kathy has played with the Mountain Laurel Bluegrass Band, The Bluegrass Philharmonic and The All Girl Boys, and she's toured with The All Girl Boys, Bill Grant & Delia Bell, and Brad Davis. She’s the guitarist in the duo Barwick and Siegfried, which has released two acclaimed recordings. Kathy has also released two solo albums.






John Girton

John GirtonJohn is a very versatile musician.  As a child, he learned to play clarinet  and saxophone.  Later he learned to play guitar and keyboards.  He played many different types of music, which helped him to find studio work, and play in many local bands in the Los Angeles area.  Often, he would be called to back up traveling groups such as The Shirelles,  The Olympics, The Coasters, and (singer) Dobie Gray.

He then moved to the San Francisco Bay area and became lead guitarist for Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, recording several albums with them.  He also played flute, steel guitar and dobro.

John later played in Maria Muldaur’s group for a few years playing Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Mandolin and Clarinet.  When Amos Garret left the band, John took over as Lead Guitarist.
Through all of these years, John also played jazz guitar, but it was not until he moved to Nevada County, CA that he began to play more and more jazz.

He and the extraordinary bassist Bill Douglass formed the guitar/bass duo Telepathy, and for the last 6 years have been performing together. John also formed the John Girton Trio with Randy McKean (woodwinds) and Perry Stauffer (Bass). He is also the guitar instructor at Sierra Jazz Camp and a member of the Sierra 3, a jazz group with Bill Douglass (bass) and Nora Nussbaum (flute).


He has been teaching for over 20 years, specializing in jazz and swing guitar.






Forest Bailey

Forest BaileyAt age 12, Forest Bailey discovered the world of music. Through his parents sharing their love of classic rock, he became enamored with the guitar. Although he spent much of his first decade with the electric guitar, his attention turned towards the acoustic after hearing Jon Gomm's "Passionflower" on Youtube. This led him to create his own instrumental music and to follow his passion for sincere expression while exploring the limitless world of music. His unique style involves using one steel string acoustic guitar to create melody, harmony and percussion on the body all at once.


Now a performing solo artist, Forest plays mostly in the greater Sacramento area, continuing to spread the joy and inspiration of music. In addition to performing, he also teaches upwards of 20 private students a month at One Eleven Music Instruction in Roseville.


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Jamey Bellizzi

Jamey BellizziJamey Bellizzi is a classical guitarist and composer.  He is a published author by Mel Bay : "Thirty Sonatas by Scarlatti”," Medieval & Renaissance Dance Music" and "Music of the British Isles”.  He has recorded: "El Delirio" Romantic Music of Spain and Latin America, "Serenade of Gold" and "Celtic Journey”. 


Mr. Bellizzi teaches guitar in Nevada City and performs all over Northern California.






Gary Bowman

Gary BowmanGary Bowman is a singer/songwriter/musician, based in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.  He is a prolific songwriter, releasing CDs of original songs in each of the past 8 years.  Gary’s newest project, ‘Song of the Wild’ is scheduled for release on May 14, 2016.  He has presented singing and songwriting workshops throughout the country, from San Francisco to St. Petersburg.

In addition to playing his original music, Gary plays mandolin with the Brian Dougherty Band and is a member of the Twin Cities Church Celebration Arts Team.


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Mariann Smith

Marianne SmithMariann Rose Smith has been playing music and performing ever since she can remember.   She grew up in a household where playing music was just part of the family routine. During those early years, she trained with a classical piano instructor, sang in her school choirs, self-taught herself how to play guitar, and began songwriting on her own. 

Songwriting became a passion that has led her in many musical directions.  She has performed, recorded, and produced albums for her own music, and other local artists, as well.   She has also taken songwriting workshops and classes, and has worked with other songwriters to create and finish their own musical projects.  

After raising four children, she went back to school to receive associate degrees in music, liberal arts, and humanities.  She has been teaching music ever since, and for over 15 years, she has taught voice, piano, ukelele and guitar, specializing in improvisation, theory, and songwriting.  Mariann currently teaches out of her own private music studio in Auburn.






Preston Marx

Preston MarxPreston Marx has played guitar for over 34 years, and studied piano for 7 years prior to picking up the guitar. Although originally self-taught, Preston has studied with a variety of teachers of the years.  Preston has played in many rock and blues-based bands where he has played guitar, bass, piano and provided vocals.  He also studied trombone and tube while attending high school and college.  


During the day, Preston is an attorney focusing on trusts and estates work.  Preston is married and has two children in the Auburn school district.




Simon Lace

Preston Marx

Simon Paul Lace is an multi-instrumentalist musician, vocalist, composer, arranger, and sound recording engineer/technician. His first language is music, having spent his life studying music, music theory, and its history; improvising, creating, practicing, perfecting, producing and translating what he hears.


Besides the guitar, Simon has also fallen in love with playing banjo, mandolin, bass, cello, mandocello, drums, tabla, djembe, anything percussion, and whatever he happens to touch. He is a tenor vocalist in a chamber choir, loving harmony singing. Simon grooves with the music of the U.S and the world, including Jazz, Celtic, Rock, Alternative, Balkan, Folk, Punk, Gamelan, African, Progressive and Classical.


Simon wishes to study the international field of music in more depth and breadth, to create, collaborate and perform, using his near perfect pitch and passion for sound to set new strides and ultimately to make his own unique and distinct impact in the music industry. He will be attending his dream school, Berklee School of Music, in Fall 2017.




John Massey

Preston Marx

John has been a guitarist for most of his life, and a guitar teacher since 1963.  As a finger-style guitarist John Massey has developed a unique and pleasing style all his own.  In his earlier years, John was a pianist and has used that experience to create solo guitar music that simultaneously blends melody, chord, bass and rhythm --- the full package.  His current repertoire consists of a wide range of music from Stephen Foster, Tin Pan Alley, the Big Band Era, to Doo-Wop with a wide assortment of folk selections thrown in.

John performs as an accompanist, in small ensembles, and as a soloist.  Most recently, he has been accompanying renowned fiddler David Rainwater.  He has also been performing with the Raspberry Jam Band at the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, the Jazz Jubilee in Sacramento, and the West Coast Ragtime Festival.  He has more than a decade of experience teaching at music camps.







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If you are coming from a distance, you can find accommodations at:


Auburn Holiday Inn
120 Grass Valley Hwy
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Best Western
13450 Lincoln Way
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Comfort Inn
1875 Auburn Ravine Road
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Auburn Gold Country RV Park
3550 Koa Way
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