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Kids Bluegrass Camp

For kids ages 7 through 15

Queen Bee’s Kids Bluegrass Camp is a fun, week-long music camp that provides kids (ages 7-15) an amazing experience in bluegrass music education. Led by teachers Bonnie Sims, Taylor Sims, Matt Brown, and Brian Nelson, students learn to play in a bluegrass band with other students, write songs and advance their individual skills through instrument break-out sessions. The day camp offers training for first-timers as well as intermediate players.

Kids Bluegrass Camp will be held in accordance with any Public Health Orders in place. Other safety measures may be put in place, including increased cleaning, temperature-taking, and social distancing in the classroom. If camp is canceled due to a Public Health Order, all registration fees will be refunded. 

Two Camps, Two Cities

Crested Butte, Colorado

Location: Crested Butte Community School

July 11-15, 2022, 9:00-4:00, M-F

$299

Registration Opens Feb 1

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Location: Desert Montessori School

July 12-16, 2021, 9:00-4:00, M-F

$299

Registration Closed

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Daily Schedule


9:00-10:00AM - Camp Check In/Activity 10:00-11:00AM - Instrument Session 1/Snack 11:00-12:00PM - Songwriting Session 12:00-1:00PM - Lunch/Outdoor Play 1:00-2:00PM - Instrument Session 2/Intermediate Jam 2:00-3:00PM - Band Session/Snack 3:00-4:00PM - Optional Early Pick Up/Specialty Workshops




Santa Fe FAQs


Camp Times & Location: Bluegrass Kids Camp in Santa Fe, NM will take place Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 16 from 9am-4pm at Desert Montessori School in Santa Fe. When you arrive, follow the signs for Queen Bee Music Association’s Check-in Table. Drop Off: Camp is a closed campus camp. We require that you sign your child in & out at the check-in table everyday with a staff member. Drop off is rolling, anytime between 9am and 10am. So if your camper needs a little extra sleep one day, they won’t miss crucial activities. Optional Early Pickup + Extended Day: In order to provide flexibility to parents, students may be picked up from camp starting at 3pm and as late as 4pm. During the 3-4pm timeframe students will have the option to participate in outdoor games, specialty workshops, individual practice time, group jams and art activities. Lunch & Snack: Please pack two snacks for your student each day. Snack time occurs twice each day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. All campers should pack a bag lunch every day of camp, and will eat lunch at 12:00 pm. Keep in mind campers won’t have access to a microwave, so pack ready to eat foods and utensils if needed. There is no refrigeration available. Other Items to Bring: Afternoon temperature in Santa Fe may reach into the 90s with temperatures and weather changing very quickly. Campers will be outside for parts of the day (weather permitting). The sun’s rays are very powerful at our high elevation. Please apply sunscreen in the morning for your campers and pack extra for them to apply as needed. Also, a light jacket or raincoat and water bottle will be useful. Instruments & Music: Each camper will be supplied with the following at Check-in: ● Music Folder with Camp Music ● Tuner ● Guitar Pick (or rosin for fiddlers) ● Cleaning Cloth If your camper is bringing their own instrument, consider bringing extra supplies such as guitar picks, rosin, etc. If your camper is renting an instrument, these supplies will be provided for you. Final Performance: The final performance will take place on Friday, July 16 at 3pm, and will last about an hour and a half. Final pick-up and instrument rental return will happen immediately following the concert. About Santa Fe, New Mexico: Santa Fe, or "The City Different," is a beautiful mountain town located 1 hour north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and 6 hours from Denver. The small city prides itself on its cultural activities - from art to food - and nearby hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and hot springs! For tourism information, visit Santa Fe Tourism.




Crested Butte FAQs


Camp Times & Location: Bluegrass Kids Camp in Crested Butte, CO will take place Monday, July 5 through Friday, July 9 from 9am-4pm, at the Crested Butte Community School. When you arrive, follow the signs for Queen Bee Music Association’s Check-in Table. Registration/Check In: Rolling registration is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 am on Monday, July 5 in the high school entrance by the gymnasium, near the southwest parking lots. We will have signs pointing to the correct entrance. Getting to Camp: Via Bus: You may ride the bus from Mt. Crested Butte to Crested Butte via the Mountain Express to drop off your children. For more information on routes and times for the Mountain Express bus visit www.mtnexp.org. Via Car: Directions: From the south: Head north on Highway 135. Turn right onto Maroon Ave. The church will be on the left at the corner of 7th and Maroon Ave. From Mt. Crested Butte: Drive south on Gothic Road/Highway 135 towards the town of Crested Butte. Drop Off: Camp is a closed campus camp. We require that you sign your child in & out at the check-in table everyday with a staff member. Drop off is rolling, anytime between 9am and 10am. So if your camper needs a little extra sleep one day, they won’t miss crucial activities. Optional Early Pickup + Extended Day: In order to provide flexibility to parents, students may be picked up from camp starting at 3pm and as late as 4pm. During the 3-4pm timeframe students will have the option to participate in outdoor games, specialty workshops, individual practice time, group jams and art activities. Lunch & Snack: Please pack two snacks for your student each day. Snack time occurs twice each day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. All campers should pack a bag lunch every day of camp, and will eat lunch at 12:00 pm. Keep in mind campers won’t have access to a microwave, so pack ready to eat foods and utensils if needed. There is no refrigeration available. Other Items to Bring: Afternoon temperature in the Gunnison Valley may reach into the 80s with temperatures and weather changing very quickly. Campers will be outside for parts of the day (weather permitting). The sun’s rays are very powerful at our high elevation. Please apply sunscreen in the morning for your campers and pack extra for them to apply as needed. Also, a light jacket or raincoat and water bottle will be useful. Instruments & Music: Each camper will be supplied with the following at Check-in: ● String Backpack ● Music Folder with Camp Music ● Tuner ● Guitar Pick (or rosin for fiddlers) ● Cleaning Cloth If your camper is bringing their own instrument, consider bringing extra supplies such as guitar picks, rosin, etc. If your camper is renting an instrument, these supplies will be provided for you. Final Performance: The final performance will take place on Friday, July 9 at 3PM and will last about an hour and a half. Final pick-up and instrument rental return will be immediately following the concert. About Crested Butte, Colorado: Crested Butte, Colorado is a beautiful mountain town located 4.5 hours from Denver and 6 hours from Santa Fe. The town boasts incredible hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and other cultural activities, which can occupy parents endlessly while your campers are jamming the day away. For tourism information, visit Visit Crested Butte.




Meet Your Teachers!


Bonnie Sims (mandolin) began singing and playing music as early as three years old. The daughter of musician Mike Cruciger, she grew up performing at theme parks and summer festivals. Bonnie graduated with a focus of commercial music and songwriting from South Plain College, where she met her husband and musical partner Taylor Sims. After moving to Colorado, they formed Bonnie & the Clydes and released four studio albums before collaborating with producer Robbie Nevil on their newest project, Everybody Loves An Outlaw. 2020 saw significant success for ELAO, as their song “I See Red” was placed in the popular Netflix movie, 365DNI/Days and now has more than 80 million streams on Spotify. Bonnie is a creative force of the vibrant Colorado music scene and has taught hundreds of students through festivals, summer camps and private lessons. Taylor Sims (guitar) graduated from South Plains College, where he was awarded Best Vocalist (Bluegrass: Male/Female) and was paired up with his future wife and fellow award winner in a duet. He played for many years in the Bluegrass band Spring Creek before forming Bonnie & the Clydes and later Everybody Loves An Outlaw. Taylor has been a collaborative and creative force in the Colorado music scene, playing countless live shows and festivals around Colorado and the Western US; tours to Germany, Canada and Sweden; multiple studio albums; exciting collaborations with other area musicians and teaching hundreds of students through summer camps and private lessons. Matt Brown (fiddle, banjo) is a musician, teacher & producer based in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has toured the nation, performed on the Grand Ole Opry twice, produced 10 albums, and was for 7 years a teaching artist at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. For the past 20 years, Matt has taught fiddle, banjo, and guitar to beginners & intermediate students of all ages, as well as professional musicians (including a GRAMMY nominee). In addition to teaching private lessons online to students around the world, Matt also runs the free instructional website twofingerbanjo.com. Brian Nelson (guitar, bass) is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied a variety of instruments and musical styles. He has played music for more than 25 years and taught music for fifteen. From West African drum and dance to ukulele sing alongs to guitar lessons for all ages, Nelson brings his passion for music and life into the classroom. In addition to teaching and playing music, he is a freelance editor and writer for Rootfire and Santa Fean magazine and is the Artistic Director of Queen Bee Music Association. Lindsay Taylor (camp administrator) has worked with thousands of students, teaching theatre, Spanish, folk dance and music. Whether in public schools or summer camps, she loves watching kids explore their own talents and possibilities. A proven leader in the nonprofit sector, she is also the Director of Institutional Advancement for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and serves on the Board of Directors for New Mexico Folk Music & Dance Society and Santa Fe Classic Theater. Lindsay is the Executive Director of Queen Bee Music Association.




Rental Instruments


Fiddles, guitars, mandolins, and banjos are available to rent on a first-come, first-serve basis for $25/week. One upright bass is available for rent at this time for $30/week. To guarantee an instrument rental, contact Lindsay Taylor, lindsay@queenbeemusicassociation.org by June 10, 2021.