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May 14, 2021 - 5:17:12 AM
52 posts since 6/5/2007

Several Year back I attended SMBA in TN. It was a laid back Banjo Camp that Jack Hatfield put on. He always had great teachers on staff and we all had a blast.
I have not seen any info on SMBA for years. Does anyone know if Jack is still doing camps?

Has anyone ever attended one of the SMBAs?

May 14, 2021 - 6:46:25 AM



2853 posts since 11/29/2007

I attended one several years back. Maybe 2006 or 07. Great event and lots of fun. Don't think they have been held anytime recently though.


May 14, 2021 - 9:10:34 AM

6130 posts since 10/13/2007

As of my last hearing, Jack is not doing this anymore. He had built a beautiful music hall by refurbishing a barn in Pigeon Forge. It was a great tragedy but it burnt down in the fires there in the Smokies a few years ago and since then Jack has not done the camps. He lost tons in that fire.

May 14, 2021 - 9:26:17 AM

52 posts since 6/5/2007

Yikes. that is terrible. I enjoyed hanging around Jack and the others at his camps. I think his Sister came up and worked the shop and sold gear and other items.
I had a great time.

I hope that everything is OK...that is bad news for sure.

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