Banjo 1, Beginning Banjo: Steven Casto was raised and resides in Pocahontas County WV where he learned banjo from the likes of Charlie Loudermilk, Junior Spencer and Tim Bing. His driving style is influenced by the Bing Brothers and the Hammons Family. A graduate of Glenville State College, he currently plays with the old time band, Mudhole Control.
Banjo 2, Intermediate: Raised in Cross Lanes WV and currently living in Elkview, WV, Doug started listening to old time music in the mid-'70's and was very much influenced by Frank George, the Morris Brothers, John Blisard, Booger Hole Revival and the Bing Brothers. My banjo mentors, John Blisard and Tim Bing are a constant source of great music. Doug has been a student of Tim Bing since the first Allegheny Echoes workshop in 1997. Doug has been a band member of the " Kitchen Chair Mojo Playboys" and currently plays with the dance band "The Wild Hares" with Jim Mullins and Mike Webb. Looking forward to some old time drop thumb picking.
Banjo 3, Advance: Tim Bing originally from Barboursville WV, is widely recognized as one of the best old time banjo players anywhere. A nominee for the first class of inductees into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, Tim learned his craft first-hand from such legendary West Virginia greats as Sherman Hammons and Frank George. His driving yet intricate drop-thumb style has led to many banjo contest blue ribbons. He is a member of the Bing Brothers Band, and has performed across the U.S., Canada, Ireland Australia and Scotland. He can be heard on “Banjo Legacy” and “Just For The Sake Of It”.