The fourth annual Banjo Assembly Workshop presented by the Savannah Folk Music Society ended with a happy group of participants walking out the garden gate with good-looking and good-playing banjos in their hands. The event, which took place on June 18 on the grounds of the Ships of the Sea Museum in Savannah, Georgia, drew 27 enthusiastic participants this year. The workshop focused on the construction of real, playable banjos by amateur banjo enthusiasts. Kits, tools, and instruction were provided by the Savannah Folk Music Society and the Ships of the Sea Museum.
Workshop participants spent an intense day learning how to create instruments for themselves using banjo parts donated by the Gretsch Foundation, the charitable arm of the Gretsch family, as well as strings donated by LaBella Strings. Fred and Dinah Gretsch—owners of the Pooler, Georgia-based Gretsch Company—are long-time supporters of the Savannah Folk Music Society.
As usual, the Gretsch Company and the Gretsch Foundation were pleased to be a part of this unique workshop for the benefit of Savannah area musical enthusiasts.
For more information on the Savannah Folk Music Society visit www.savannahfolk.org . For more information on the Gretsch Foundation and the Gretsch Company, visit www.gretsch.com.