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Wayne Taylor
Wayne began playing guitar when he was nine years old. His father took him to American Legion dances and introduced him to the band's guitar player, who showed Wayne a few chords. At age 12, he joined his first band. He played rhythm guitar and sang backup with his brother David in "The Initials." The group played for high school dances and local gigs for four years. Wayne then formed his own group, the "Contours." The group played with Arthur Smith's "Cracker Jacks" on two occasions, as well as for local dances. They stayed together for three years. Read More...
  Emory Lester
Emory Lester is one of this day's foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attack of his mandolin playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious. His 1993 recording "Pale Rider", and 1995 recording "The Emory Lester Set" has placed him among the elite mandolinists of our time. But there is more to this musician than first meets the ear. He has long been an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, and has performed with many jazz groups as a violinist, Read More...
  Kene Hyatt
Originally from Pennsylvania, Kene Hyatt is one of the foremost bass players in acoustic music today. A master bassist, Kene studied at the York University in Toronto, and excelled in Jazz bass. A past winner of the 'Bass Player of the Year' award at the Central Ontario Bluegrass Awards, Kene has regularly performed with Emory Lester and other bluegrass artists, as well as branching out to other genres such as rock, salsa, and country.
Keith Arneson
Keith Arneson, a native of Waldorf, Maryland, joined the Navy Band in 1993. He holds an associate’s degree from the College of Southern Maryland and has performed as a member of the Classic Grass, Dixie Rambler and Mountain Laurel bluegrass bands. In 1985, he was a featured performer with the Mountain Laurel Band on "Nashville Now," a national television program. Keith retired from the USN in 2017,

A banjo instructor since 1981, he is in demand as a clinician and has lead advanced banjo workshops throughout the country. Many of his original songs have been transcribed and published in "Banjo Newsletter," an international monthly magazine, and his solo album and many original songs are played regularly on radio stations nationwide.
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