Welcome to Peter Rolland's website
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announcing the 6th edition of
ROLLAND FIDDLE CAMP
June 27 - July 1, 2016
Westcliffe, Colorado
TEACHERS & primary focus:
Katie Glassman: swing fiddle & contest fiddle
Giselle Lee: clawhammer banjo & novice fiddle
Matt Rolland: old-time fiddle & mandolin
Grace Rolland: cello & singing
Michael Rolland: bluegrass fiddle, guitar & mandolin
Peter Rolland (director) all fiddle styles, bass
Gail Rolland (co-director) Folk Orchestra, beginning fiddle

 
Registration is now open.  Click on the link on the left panel.
Inquiries to peterrolland@cox.net are always welcome.

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PAUL ROLLAND
STRING PEDAGOGY CONFERENCE
Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona)
Monday, June 6 - Friday June 10, 2016
Contacts:
Margaret Schmidt, Ph.D / marg.schmidt@asu.edu / 480-965-8277
Gail Rolland / gailrolland@gmail.com / 480-452-5174


also:
The next annual
Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia will be from June 24 – June 26, 2016 (www.PotomacAcademy.org under Summer Programs).  These workshops are taught by students of Paul Rolland who endeavor to carry on his teaching legacy.  The focus in the 2016 workshop at GMU will be violin left hand pedagogy. CONTACT: Lucy Manning lucymnnng@gmail.com

Links:

Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Community:

https://www.facebook.com/Paul-Rolland-String-Pedagogy-495942663854229/?fref=ts

Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Public Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/144573855560542/
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meet the new trio:

Sunday May 1, 2016 at 2pm

!!!   Doc  Rolland’s  Big  Wah-Hoo  Concert   !!!

Tickets $10; children under 12 accompanied by an adult admitted free.

inquiries: peterrolland@cox.net or 602-618-6285


Join the party with
Doc Rolland (www.peterrolland.com) for this special musical hoo-ha as he celebrates his 70th birthday and his 45th year as a professional entertainer with a grand concert featuring members of his family and some of his close musical friends.  The 1000+ concert journey began with an old-timey string band performance at City College in New York City in 1970, and the ports of call ranged from bluegrass and old-time fiddling to cowboy music, western swing, acoustic folk, traditional country music and musical theater, and three consecutive annual first-place titles in the National Old-time Fiddle Contest. Doc has purveyed his unique brand of entertainment at numerous international music tours (Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, England, Scotland, The Dominican Republic, Mexico and most recently, a 2014 triumphant 24-concert tour of large theaters throughout China). 

The concert will showcase Doc’s trio with vocalist and guitarist Mark Hickler (Greenwood Sidee & Cisco and the Racecars) and Brian Seegers (vocals, bass & fiddle) along with the talents of other great musicians including but not limited to Michael Rolland (3-time AZ State Fiddle Champion, National Fiddle Contest Young Adult runner-up and repeat winner of the fiddle, guitar & mandolin contests at the Wickenburg Four-Corner Bluegrass Championships), Grace Rolland, leader of Rising Sun Daughter and vocalist and cellist with the popular national touring band Run Boy Run, and Gail Rolland (bass & piano).  Musical surprises will abound, making this an event to remember.  For advance tickets, contact Doc at peterrolland@cox.net or 602-618-6285.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

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BAND NEWS - CHINA TOUR A GREAT SUCCESS

"Doc Rolland's Americana String Ensemble" returned on September 3, 2014 from a 5-week, 24-concert, 23 city tour of China.  The 9 piece band and two dancers performed in China Poly Theaters nationwide in magnificent large theaters, many having the appearance of architectural wonders.  The band performed culturally-based American roots music in various forms, primarily old-time fiddling, old-time string band music, bluegrass, early country, traditional jazz, cowboy music, western swing music and Cajun, with a nod to our Canadian, Mexican and Celtic musical heritage, and a bow to the Chinese with arrangements of Chinese songs.  All 9 musicians sang, and the instrumentation was 3 fiddles, clawhammer and bluegrass banjos, 2 guitars, mandolin, bass, piano, clarinet and percussion.  The two dancers performed the Cotton Eyed Joe, Balboa & Charleston, Tap, Swing, Country Polka, Waltz, Fox Trot, Country 2-Step, Flatfoot, and Lindy Hop and provided a marvelous visual interpretation of the band's music.  Kudos to Steve Conrad and Lacey Maynard for the magnificent job they did lighting up the stage with their beautiful, well-choreographed dancing.  My musical companions did a fantastic job both in their features numbers and their well-rehearsed ensemble work.  The audiences ranged from 200 to 1500 in number at each of the 24 shows; they loved our music and we did encores at every show.  I was truly fortunate to have such wonderful musicians to work with:  Igor Glenn (bass), Ron Privett and Annie Trimble (guitars), Ken Bucy (percussion), Nancy Bucy (clarinet & piano), Bryan Seegers (mandolin & bluegrass banjo), Giselle Lee (clawhammer banjo & fiddle) and Ben Shu (fiddle).  We were able to film three of the concerts and I'm currently working on editing the footage.  I hope to post concert videos from the tour spring 2015.

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RUN BOY RUN BAND NEWS

Rolland Fiddle Camp instructors Matt and Grace Rolland have had a terrifically exciting year.  Following two appearances on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" national broadcasts, they finished their first and second national tours with their band Run Boy Run and have released their second album "Something To Someone", both in CD and vinyl formats.  Great things are happening with this band!  Keep up with them on their website www.runboyrunband.com

or follow them on Facebook.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2014 Best wishes for a wonderful 2015 from Peter & Gail Rolland

This year’s violin crop has been very successful!!

This picture, taken in the backyard garden, shows

two nice samples almost ready for harvest.

WORLD PREMIERE OF MY FIDDLE SYMPHONY, "The Traveler's Footprints" May 6, 2012 at the Chandler Center For The Arts performed with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra.  ALSO: video of The Rolland Family Band performing at the same event; click here.

previous fiddle camps:

ROLLAND FIDDLE CAMP, June 23 - 29, 2013

Videos of Student Testimonials
Photos from the 2012 Camp
Videos of Camp Performances

click link at left for details



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