Your Instructors

randy_jonesRandy Jones - Fiddle:

Randy was raised in Tofield, Alberta . He began learning the fiddle when he was nine and has been in dance bands since he was thirteen. He currently plays Old-Tyme fiddle in a dance band called The Reflections” and sings the lead in a barbershop quartet in High River. Randy has taught at fiddle camps and workshops in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. He has hosted many Jamborees and is often asked to judge contests in Alberta. He is currently the President of the Alberta Society of Fiddlers, whose mandate is to promote the preservation of fiddle music in Alberta. Randy is pleased to be asked to be a GCBD instructor this summer.

BarbJonesBarb Jones - Fiddle:
Barb began playing the violin at the age of five. She studied classical violin for many years, graduating from the University of Calgary with degrees in both music and education. Barb has been a Music Specialist with Foothills School Division for the past fifteen years. Before moving to High River, Barb taught Suzuki violin while living in Calgary. Barb has taught at fiddle camps in Alberta and Saskatchewan and played at many contests and jamborees. As well as fiddling, she currently plays piano in a dance band with her husband Randy and sings in an a cappella group in High River. Barb is honoured to be asked to teach fiddle at the GCBD this summer.


Shelley Groves - Fiddle:                                                               Shelly began playing the violin with Cathy Amundsen at the age of 11 in the Crowsnest Pass. At 14, she began studying with Bill van der Sloot and at 20 with Lorand Fenyves (Royal Conservatory of Music). She teaches beginner to intermediate classical violin as well as old-time fiddle music and has seven years of teaching experience. She has recently completed her Book 1 Suzuki teacher training, and plans to keep going back for more.While her classical training provided her with great enjoyment and experiences such as touring eastern Europe with the Calgary Youth Orchestra, Shelly's found her performance niche in modern (pop and country) music. She is a member of Calgary band Axis of Conversation and has appeared on CDs by Brooke Wylie, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, and Reuben Bullock. She still plays classical music in Capriccio Group and subs in with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.Shelly holds Diplomas in Music Performance from Mount Royal College (Calgary) as well as the Glenn Gould School (Toronto). She received her Bachelor of Music from Thompson Rivers University (British Columbia).

  TynanTynan Groves - Guitar:                                                     Born in Edmonton and raised in Whitecourt and Bragg Creek, Tynan has 19 years of playing experience and 14 years of teaching. His enthusiasm and love of music rubs off on his students, who are given a self-directed curriculum including repertoire, studies and theory. He encourages all his students to push their musical limits.Also an accomplished performer, Tynan can be seen playing with his band the Bobby Kork Orchestra, jazz guitar with various groups around southern Alberta, banjo on the odd German western movie, lap steel, dobro, piano occasionally.... He just loves to play music. Tynan is available as a soloist for events, so give him a call.Tynan holds a Jazz Performance Diploma from Mount Royal College in Calgary as well as a Performance Diploma from Humber College in Toronto.

Image may contain: one or more people, people on stage and people playing musical instrumentsDAN BARTON: UKULELE

Born and raised on the Alberta prairies, Dan comes from a long line of musicians and performers. Cutting his teeth on country bar floors and early indie projects, schooling took him to Red DeerCollege for study in Theatre, lighting and sound design before transferring over to music, majoring in performance and business. Since then, it’s been a long line of performances and studio sessions, working with artists such as Steve Arsenault, Samson’s Delilah, Roy Warhurst, C.R. Avery, Rachelle Van Zanten, the Dirrty Show, Mocking Shadows, Joanna Borromeo, Johnny McCuaig and many more. Dan is also an educator and clinician in percussion and ukulele around the central Alberta region. In his spare time you can find him riding roller coasters, adventuring through thrift stores, or hanging with his hound dog Roadie.


Trevor Kunkel
Trevor will be your camp coordinator and water sports instructor. He has been teaching water sports all over western Canada for over 35 year. Skiied on the Alberta and Canadian Water Ski Teams. Trevor's mandate is to make your water sports experience safe and fun. 
Joining Trevor on the water is his son, Ronan Kunkel. Ronan specializes in boogie board and kneeboard instruction. He has a great way with beginners, making them feel safe and at ease.


Dave will be facilitating an introduction and beginner class on Skruggs style, three finger picking on the five string banjo. The main focus will be in learning some of the basic chords, roll patterns, a few simple songs and participating in jams. Along with your banjo, consider bringing finger and thumb picks, a tuner and a music stand. Handout material will be provided for the information covered. Be prepared to laugh and have some fun! Dave lives in Cranbrook BC and plays back up banjo for several local groups. He has attended several music camps over the years, some at Sorrento BC and some right here at the Great Canadian Barn Dance. If you have any questions, please contact him at: