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TJ delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I've been playing banjo for over 20 years. I had played for over 10 years in a touring band playing at festivals with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Del Mccoury, and the likes. In 2008 I won the Banjo State Champ in Maryland. I enjoy helping others learn and unlocking their potential.


Musical Director
Jul 2007 - Sep 2017
The Doerfels

THE DOERFELS (2002-present): Founder, musical director
• Perform 250 live shows per year
• Banjo, guitar, dobro, lead and harmony vocals
• Arranging, songwriting, graphic design, sound technician, CD and mercantile inventory


VINEYARD COMMUNITY CHURCH (2013-2017): Assistant Musical Director, Youth Leader • Direct rehearsals, coordinate, plan, and perform weekly performances
• Guitar, bass, drums, vocals
• Sound technician

KIDS ON BLUEGRASS, California Bluegrass Association Father's Day Bluegrass Festival (2013, 2014): Assistant Music Director, Banjo instructor
• Musical arrangements, manage and organize 30+ performers
• Work with individual performers to help recognize their strongest talents

BLUEGRASS IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM, INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC MUSEUM (2008, 2009): Performed educational shows in the Owensboro, KY and Dothan, AL
school districts

• 2001-2008: Guitar and music theory training under Doug Yeomans (National level award
winning musician and Broadway Show Assistant Director)
• 1999-2007: Banjo and music theory training under Andy Cushing (Commercial music

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Associates in Arts in Ministry
Mar 2014 - Mar 2017
Online Bible Institute

Photos & Videos

Groundspeed, classic Scruggs tune
Photo by TJ D.

Photo by TJ D.


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Rick Oct 16, 2017
Banjo · Online

I have been a student of TJ's for two year. He is an excellent musician, but more importantly, a skilled and patient teacher. Banjo is his primary musical instrument and the man knows his instrument; but his familiarity with other instruments and his knowledge of musical theory means each lesson shows me something new that I had not expected to learn. TJ has personalized many of my lessons to music/styles that I want to learn how to play well. He is teaching me how to learn to teach myself. Each lesson has been refreshingly fun and I look forward to the next one! I highly recommend TJ to everyone from the new student to the advanced player looking for something fresh in their repertoire.

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