Columbus Day Weekend, Friday through Sunday, OCTOBER 4, 5, 6 and 7

Black Range Lodge, Kingston NM



We invite you to join THE HARD ROAD TRIO at the historic Black Range Lodge on the edge  of the Gila Wilderness for three days of acoustic music, quality instruction and an excellent gathering of  players, singers and writers. Camp takes place over Columbus Day Weekend, beginning with breakfast on Friday and closing with a 3pm concert which is open to the public for a mere $5.00! Thanks to folks who have come from as far away as Minnesota, Maryland, Arkansas, Texas and Colorado and from up and down I 25, DNA Camp is growing into a an excellent music destination. This year we’ll feature banjo classes with the incomparable BILL EVANS and guitar with the quintessential guitarist TIM MAY. We can count on TOM ADLER to present inspiring songwriter sessions and EZRA BUSSMANN to excite and incite fiddle excellence. STEVE SMITH is on hand for both mandolin and flat picking guitar with a keen eye and ear to bringing out the best in your playing. ANNE LUNA is gaining a reputation for being one of the best bass instructors around, and CHRIS SANDERS is dedicated to your enjoyment of singing (as well as your listeners!)


We’ve simplified our registration process. Please email Chris Sanders at chrisclarksanders@gmail.com or call 575-571-5298 to sign up or to obtain further info. If you email, please include the instrument you’d like to work on at camp and what level you consider yourself. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuition TBA. Payment arrangements may be made when registering with Chris. (See above.)



Desert Night Acoustic Music Camp offers:

  • Classes in mandolin, banjo, bass, guitar, fiddle, voice, ukulele and songwriting
  • Seminars in effective ensemble and musician self-care
  • Yoga-based stretching and relaxation sessions
  • Chair massage on site
  • A beautiful setting and fresh, delicious food
  • A smaller size group (40 people, maximum)
  • Opportunities to perform with other players for the campers and for the public
  • A faculty concert
  • A chance to perform with other musicians at 2 concerts!
  • Fun jams for all

DNA Music Camp 2018 Faculty:

THE HARD ROAD TRIO: STEVE SMITH, mandolin and flat-picking guitar, CHRIS SANDERS, vocals, and ANNE LUNA, bass.

We welcome BILL EVANS, banjo, BOB HULL, ukulele and instruction for novice players, TOM ADLER, songwriting and finger style guitar, and EZRA BUSSMANN, fiddle. (Please scroll down for more info.)

              Bill Evans                                                                    Anne Luna      Chris Sanders      Steve Smith

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                 Bob Hull      


                Ezra Bussman                                                              


                                                                                 Tom Adler


Some comments from our alumni:

I had a WONDERFUL time!!!!  I learned so much, and look forward to doing this again next year.

Nice setting, plenty of time with instructor, flexibility in choosing what class to take

Give and take between instructors and students AND Top notch instructors

I really had a fun time at camp – opening me up to new experiences, facing fears. Such joy to be around music (and great musicians) all day and night.

Instructors had fantastic humor, talent, humility, and knowledge — what an excellent job assembling such a friendly, helpful team!

The food was simply outstanding.





…and to THE CLASS OF 2015! Here’s most of us:


And the class of 2017:


Our 2018 Faculty:


The author of Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies and the popular host of the Beginning and Bluegrass Banjo online lesson series at Peghead Nation, Bill is one of the most in-demand banjo teachers in the world. His teaching is hands-on, down-to-earth and geared towards the adult learner, especially beginners and intermediate students. Bill has performed with Norman Blake, David Bromberg, Dan Crary and many other performers in a career that now spans over four decades. He has taught at almost every bluegrass camp in the world and sponsors his own events throughout North America, including the California Banjo Extravaganza. His students include Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), Jayme Stone (The Lomax Project) and Wes Corbett (Joy Kills Sorrow). He hosts seven instructional DVDs for Homespun Tapes, AcuTab Publications and the Murphy Method and his latest project is Homespun’s Licks-ercises for Banjo. His latest recording is Songs That Are Mostly Older Than Us, recorded with 85-year old fiddler Fletcher Bright and Norman and Nancy Blake. To learn more about Bill, visit www.billevansbanjo.com. For more info on Bill’s online lessons, visit www.pegheadnation.com.


A native of Caballo, New Mexico, Ezra grew up playing in the locally famous Vegematic String Band and studying mandolin with Steve from the age of 9. Over the past 25 years, he has added fiddle, guitar, dobro, and banjo to his arsenal. Primarily rooted in bluegrass, he now plays mainly old time Appalachian music and gypsy jazz with The Green Billies and Zoltan Orkestar in Albuquerque.

After gaining a firm grounding in the fundamentals and mechanics of good picking from Steve, he’s gone on to be largely self-taught. His own practice emphasizes ear-training and listening-based playing with the aim to be an independent and spontaneous player and learner. Amongst his various credentials over the past ten years, he has won the Utah state mandolin, guitar, and fiddle contests and the Rockygrass dobro competition.


Tom is an adjunct faculty member at Santa Fe University of Art and Design teaching the acoustic Americana ensemble, songwriting seminar, folk guitar and banjo. He is also a landscape gardener. His background includes many years as a performing/recording musician and stage, film and TV actor and musician in a wide range of styles. Tom played with the Fast Peso String Band and is currently a member of the folk/Americana band Bootleg Prophets. His big secret is that he worked as a chimney sweep in the early ‘80’s! Tom enjoys listening to music as much as he loves performing.

Tom shares folk music from around the world (especially old recordings) with listeners every Sunday morning on his show on KSFR FM, “Folk Remedy.”


If it has strings, Bob Hull will be able to play it or fix it. Starting with his early career as a rock guitarist, Bob took a side track into astrophysics, working chiefly at NMSU. As bassist, electric and acoustic guitarist, Bob has appeared on recording projects with both Steve and Chris, as an integral part of the original Hard Road band and as Chris’ duo jazz partner. As the a guiding force behind the Las Cruces Ukes, Bob has helped transform a social/educational group into an “in demand” performing ensemble. As a ukelele player, he is a true virtuoso bringing versatility and range to this popular instrument. As a ukulele teacher, he brings vast knowledge and a love of that wild little instrument.

Music-2-iconTO REGISTER, contact Chris Sanders at chrisclarksanders@gmail.com or 575-571-5298.

Lodge guest roomLODGING

Contact Catherine Wanek at the Black Range Lodge at 575-895-5652. Rooms, camping spaces and 2 RV spaces are available.

Lodging is a separate transaction and must be arranged directly with Catherine Wanek. If you plan to stay 3 nights or more at the Lodge, discounts may be available. She has a variety of accommodations.


Note that Lodging prices include dinner, breakfast and lunch, plus tax.

Single occupancy: $100 – 125 per day

Double or triple occupancy: $75-95 per person/day
Camping: Tent site with bathroom/shower access $15 per person, meals not included
Meals can be purchased separately: Dinner $16, lunch $11 and breakfast $8

Check out the Lodge at www.blackrangelodge.com