The American Banjo Fraternity
Keeping classic banjo music alive!
Thank you for visiting the American Banjo Fraternity.
The American Banjo Fraternity - ABF for short - is a non-profit international organization for Classic Banjo Music. We are commited to keeping classic banjo music alive. We welcome anyone who is interested in banjo music of this era and players of all levels. If you are interested, please become a member or join us as a guest at our next rally.
A classic banjo style of music evolved from the minstrel stage shows about the end of the U.S. Civil War. It was played by picking the strings with the thumb and fingers, similar to classical guitar. This style became very popular in the United States and England, especially from the 1880's until World War I. Many towns, colleges, and other organizations had banjo bands to provide music for dances and entertainment. Jazz music became the rage after World War I and classic banjo playing declined.
What is Classic Banjo Music?
May 22-25, 2014
Boiling Springs, PA
Theme: Ragtime or
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