John Bullard Classical Banjo

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John Bullard
P.O. Box 286
Manakin Sabot, VA 23103



Solo performance: $600
Duo – banjo and piano: $1000
Quartet – banjo, piano, violin, and cello: $2,000
School Lecture recital:  $400


Throughout the year


Electrical Outlet within 15ft of stage. Freshly tuned grand piano for Duo or Quartet configuration. One or three armless chairs depending on configuration.


Performances are open to all ages and can be tailored for specific audiences, as needed.


John Bullard has gained international attention for his work in developing and transcribing classical repertoire for the five-string banjo. Bullard’s new album, Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art, is the summation of his life’s work. If you close your eyes you might think you’re listening to a harpsichord, but it’s not. It’s banjo as you’ve never heard it: as a perfect southern art. In 2005, John became the first classical banjoist to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Graduating magna cum laude, John was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the prestigious national music honor society. Music from John’s recordings has been included in several feature films such as the DreamWorks animated film The Rise of the Guardians and the award winning The Edge of Heaven. John was on the faculty of the world-renowned Tennessee Banjo Institute along with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka. John is currently teaching banjo as an Affiliate Artist at Cairn University.


John Bullard Solo Performance
In his new solo program Bach, Banjos and the Hero's Journey, John Bullard uses the metaphor of the hero’s journey to tell his own story and to introduce a captivating program of classical music on the banjo. In this interactive program John engages the audience and invites them to reflect on their own hero’s journey in life and in music.   

John Bullard with Markus Compton
John is joined by Markus Compton on piano. John and Markus perform Robert Schumann’s Three Romances (Op. 94) and other works from John’s Latest CD recording Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art. Other selections include Concerto in D minor by Alessandro Marcello and Partita in E minor by G.P. Telemann. John also includes some of his solo classical banjo transcriptions and repertoire.

John Bullard and Friends
Joined by Markus Compton on keyboard, Tressa Gold on violin, and Schuyler Slack on cello; John Bullard and friends perform much of the material from his latest CD recording: Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art. Selections include Trio Sonata No. 8 in G minor by G.F. Handel and Concerto in D minor by Alessandro Marcello. Various configurations of the quartet are also featured for variety.

School Lecture Demonstration
John explores a brief history of the banjo and various playing styles. John also showcases his unique approach of transcribing classical works for the five-string banjo and explains his journey from Bluegrass to Bach.