***Camp faculty subject to change***
Bradly Murphy and Leslie Zeigler
Members of the Ke Kukui Foundation (Vancouver, WA) -
Hailing from both Michigan and West Virginia, Leslie has been studying the upright bass since she was just a little girl. As she got older she decided to further her music education at Western Michigan University where she focused on Music Education. While in college, Leslie also toured the midwest with the many orchestras and string ensembles she represented. Outside the classroom, Leslie immersed herself in Kalamazoo's local music scene where she discovered her deep love for Bluegrass and folk music. It didn't take long before she was singing and playing in numerous bands such as The Mossy Mountain Band and Who Hit John?
With string music tugging at her heart, Leslie decided to move to the mountains where there was sure to be no shortage of good pickers. Since the summer of 2009 when she moved to town, Leslie has played with some of the Colorado's most talented acts including Spring Creek Bluegrass Band, Bonnie and the Clydes, and was a founding member of The Railsplitters.
Leslie is currently teaching elementary music in Shanghai, China, where she nurtures and encourages the future generation of music lovers.
Ke Kukui Foundation & Kaleinani O Ke Kukui (Hawaiian, Bluegrass, Adult camps)
Ke Kukui Foundation along with hula school, Kaleinani O Ke Kukui -- both founded by the late
Deva Yamashiro or “Aunty Deva” -- has continued to build and strengthen Hawaiian and
Polynesian communities in the Pacific Northwest for the past 20 years. The organizations’
efforts to raise cultural awareness and spread the aloha spirit has made a lasting impact on
families in the community. From the keiki (children) to the kupuna (elders), Ke Kukui
Foundation and Kaleinani O Ke Kukui have created a home for those who hold Hawai’i close to
their heart and welcome those who are eager to learn the culture of the islands.
Ke Kukui Foundation is excited to be participating in the Cordova 4H Music Camp for their
5 th year. They will be leading a Hawaiian Camp for the keiki (6-8 yrs), teaching ukulele, and also
adding to this year’s list – hula & Tahitian dance classes.
Kaloku Holt, eldest son of “Aunty Deva,” now the Executive Director of Ke Kukui Foundation
and also lead hula and music instructor at Kaleinani O Ke Kukui. This will be Kaloku’s 3 rd year at
the Cordova 4H Music Camp.
Keawe Holt, youngest son of “Aunty Deva” led Keiki Camp last year and is a highly skilled
ukulele and hula dancer. This will be his 2 nd year participating at camp.
Mahealani Mackenzie, a hula dancer that has been with Aunty Deva and Kaleinani O Ke Kukui
since the age of 3yrs old will be joining as an assistant with the keiki camp. This will be her 2 nd
year teaching at camp.
Alyssa Reyes, fiancé of Kaloku, is a polished professional performer recently moved from
Hawaii. She excels in various styles of Polynesian dances and also teaches at Kaleinani O Ke
Kukui. This will be her 1 st time at the Cordova camp.
Ka’imi , a student of Kaleinani O Ke Kukui, will be joining the team and helping with Keiki Camp
and sharing his love for his home Hawai’I and his aloha to all. This will be his 1 st year
participating at the 4H program.
Brady “Oku” Holt
Brady “Oku” Holt, son of Alyssa & Kaloku and grandson of “Aunty Deva,” this 1yr old will be
helping his mommy at camp and will be focusing on lighting up the faces of all he encounters
with the joy of the aloha spirit just like his tutu (grandmother) would do. This will be his 1 st time
Scotty Meyer - Intermediate and Advanced Fiddle (Adult Classes)
Scott started playing old time fiddle in 1980, hooked by revival bands such as Fuzzy Mountain, Hollow Rock, Highwoods, and Plank Road. After moving to Alaska, he spent some time in rural areas, woodshedding with cassette tapes of old 78s, Round Peak tunes, and Kentucky field recordings. He recorded with the Improbabillies in the late 1990s and played in the Ray-Jen Cajun Band for 20 years. He tutored at the Centrum Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in 2017 and is looking forward to helping fiddlers find their old-time and Cajun groove. Scott started playing old time fiddle in 1980, hooked by revival bands such as Fuzzy Mountain, Hollow Rock, Highwoods, and Plank Road. After moving to Alaska, he spent some time in rural areas, woodshedding with cassette tapes of old 78s, Round Peak tunes, and Kentucky field recordings. He recorded with the Improbabillies in the late 1990s and played in the Ray-Jen Cajun Band for 20 years. He tutored at the Centrum Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in 2017 and is looking forward to helping fiddlers find their old-time groove.
Dylan Williams - Guitar, Mandolin (Bluegrass Camp)
Dylan Williams started playing piano at the age of 6 and has not looked back. He began with classical music and at the age of 7 picked up the guitar and learned how to jam with others. He began as a camper at Alaska City Folk Arts Camp at the age of 8 and only missed when he was out of the country. Dylan moved to Wales in 2010, where he honed his music playing skills just outside of Snowdonia National Park. In 2013 Dylan returned to Alaska and joined the band The Vinyl Floors his sophomore year of high school and has been performing ever since. He currently goes to college at Saint Mary's College of California in the Bay Area where he is majoring in applied philosophy. Dylan began teaching in 2016 with his first private guitar student, at Folk Arts camp and in Cordova.
Born and raised in Alaska, Annie Carlson has been playing music and singing since she was 10. Influenced by bluegrass, folk, irish, pop, country, classical music and taught by Mike Mickelson of Bearfoot Bluegrass, she began teaching and performing at Alaska Folk Festivals in 2010. She has taught elementary students at the Morning Music program in Cordova, Alaska and at gospel and bluegrass camps in Alaska and Hawaii since 2011. She has earned first chair honors performing in state choirs, and in February 2014 won a place in the Honors Performance Series Choir, performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. After high school, Annie pursued a major in Commercial Voice and a minor in Recording Technology at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. This earning her solos in Trevecca's Commercial Voice Ensemble, University Singers, and other choirs/musicals. This fall her plans include furthering her education in an intensive Recording Technology program in Ohio.
Sean has a uinque palate for music and production. He attributes a great deal of this to his time spent at multiple universities. He obtained a Music Technology Technical Certificate in a year at Nashville State Community College and oversaw live sound for the East Tennessee State vocal group, Greyscale.
Sean Anderson has a B.A. in Commercial Music Performance with a focus in voice from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. He has also studied songwriting, guitar, and music technology. A native to Nashville, Sean has been involved in choirs and ensembles for the entirety of his schooling. He has also facilitated worship at a local church as an interim worship leader. Sean is a true bass singer, so he has had the opportunity to perform solos in Trevecca's Commercial Vocal Ensemble, University Singers, and many featured events.
Pete Bowers - Clawhammer BANJO (Adult and Bluegrass camp), guitar (ADULT Classes)
Pete has been playing traditional American music since he was in high school in Pennsylvania. He taught himself to play the banjo from the classic, How to Play the Five String Banjo by Pete Seeger, and was influenced by the likes of Doc Watson, Norman Blake, John Hartford, Tommy Jarrell, Gid Tanner, and the Highwoods String Band. Except for an inexplicable decade-long hiatus, he has been active in the music scene in Alaska ever since he moved to Fairbanks in the 1970s, playing first with One Size Fits All, later traveling and recording a CD with Five Buck Fiddle. He wrote an article for Old Time Herald in 2009, “Old Time Music in Alaska: Then and Now”. He currently plays in several bands, including Lost Dog, whose monthly square dances in Ester Alaska have an enthusiastic following, and the eclectic bluegrass/country band, Rock Bottom Stompers. He jams at as many festivals as he is allowed in to, often with a loose pick-up band, Hog Heaven. His most recent musical venture is with the two family collaboration, Norris Bowers Band, who recently recorded Gin Chicken (“high octane old time music with a bluegrasser’s eye for drama and harmony”). His son Ryan (bass, vocals) and daughter Aurora (fiddle, vocals) continue the family musical tradition in admirable fashion.
NANCY GALAMBUSH - MOUNTAIN DULCIMER (Bluegrass camp)
Known in Eastern North Carolina, where she lives, as a respected mountain dulcimer instructor, Nancy Galambush has gotten many off to a good start on this American folk instrument. She has taught for over 10 years and recently completed her course work for a certificate in teaching the dulcimer through Western Carolina University. In addition to teaching, she coordinates a dulcimer club, a regional workshop, and plays in two performing groups - Dolce Dulcimers and Flat Mountain Dulcimers. The latter has recorded two CDs. Nancy began playing the dulcimer over 15 years ago when her husband built her first instrument from a kit.
KATE HAMRE - Bluegrass CAMP DIRECTOR
Kate grew up in Anchorage, Alaska listening to her parents and friends play bluegrass, old time, and folk music. At the age of 14, she joined Bearfoot, a nationally touring band, and played festivals such as Merlefest, Greyfox, Wintergrass, Rockygrass, and Telluride to name a few. As a Compass recording artist, Bearfoot cut their 4th album, called "Doors and Windows" in April 2009, which quickly rose to #1 in the Billboard Bluegrass Charts. Kate is also the director of the renowned bluegrass music education program, "Bluegrass Camps for Kids", which has taught thousands of children internationally in the last decade. Kate has a B.S. in Elementary Education through the University of Idaho, and recently obtained a M.Ed. in Language and Literacy at San Francisco State University.
PATTY HAMRE - Harmony Singing, Beginning Ukulele
Patty came to Cordova Camp in year one, with Kate and Peter, and has taught Guitar, Upright Bass, Square Dance and Band at the 4-H Kids’ Camp. Most recently, she’s been teaching Guitar, Uke and Harmony Singing at Adult Camp, and she seeks out informal opportunities to play and sing with new and old friends. Patty teaches First/Second grade in Anchorage, and has taught at Mary Schallert’s Alaska City Folk Arts Camp many years. Patty and husband Dave played in contra dance band Anchor Steam 12 years, and will always be engaged in learning and sharing Singing and Old Time music in Alaska.
MARSHALL HAWKINS - BASS (ADULT classes)
Marshall has played with many of the jazz greats including the Miles Davis Quintet. In addition to bass, he plays piano, organ, and drums. For many years, he toured with his own band, the Marshall Hawkins Quintet. And then Marshall taught at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California where he headed up the jazz department, was music director for the Jazz in the Pines Festival, and started the Seahawk Modern Jazz Orchestra to inspire local school students. Marshall is "revered by his many students" for his music knowledge and his gracious and inspiring manner...
Ellen Partch - Harmony Singing
Ellen Partch sings and dances with her friends in Anchorage. She plays in a marimba band, and teaches ukulele, marimba, and harmony singing for OLE
(Opportunities for Lifelong Education). She collects positive uplifting songs
and is eager to share them.
Destany Hawley - Guitar, Songwriting, Vocals (Bluegrass Camp)
Fred Weiss - Electric bass (Bluegrass Camp), Bass, Guitar (adult classes)
Fred started playing guitar at age 16 and bass a few years later. By 1966, he was playing electric bass in a rock and roll band. He now plays both electric and stand-up bass in a variety of Fairbanks bluegrass, country, and Americana bands. He also plays guitar and sings lead and harmony—and is a talented songwriter. One of his bands, the Denali Mountain Boys, released a CD in 2012 which features three of his songs. They have toured in Hawaii, Georgia, and Pennsylvania—in addition to playing many Alaskan gigs. Fred has a Masters in Teaching—and loves teaching everyone—plus learning himself! Last summer, he studied mandolin at the Rockygrass Academy in Colorado. Fred has been on the Dancing with the Spirit staff for the past 5 years--teaching guitar, bass, singing, and square dancing to kids in Alaskan villages.
BELLE MICKELSON - ADULT classes DIRECTOR
Belle started playing fiddle when she was 10 years old—and has been playing in old time and bluegrass bands since 1975. She has a passion for teaching music and started the Cordova 4H Music Camp 24 years ago. Now she is the director of Dancing with the Spirit, a program to take the music camp idea to Alaskan villages. Color-coded guitar chords and accompanying fiddle tab are used to make music easy for beginners. Belle also teaches an extra curricular acoustic music program for the Cordova schools, directs the Cordova 4H Adult Music Camp, and calls an occasional square dance. She became an Episcopal priest 11 years ago—and loves gospel music, bluegrass jamming, singing, dancing, and fiddle tunes!