IN-PERSON: Bluegrass Ensemble

with Maxfield Anderson & Trevin Nelson

Tuesday, November 2, 2021


IN-PERSON: Bluegrass Ensemble

  • Americana
  • Bluegrass
  • Country
  • Fiddle
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • Instrumental
  • Roots
  • School of Music class


The Passim Bluegrass Ensemble is a six-week group class that offers a relaxed space to learn new music and gain experience playing with other musicians. This class will focus on Bluegrass and Bluegrass-adjacent styles of music, studying the elements of melody, harmony, and groove that create the ear-catching sounds we know and love. We will discuss different roles that instruments in the ensemble can play, and how those roles interact with one another. In addition to learning new music class members will be able to work on essential jamming techniques such as leading a tune and learning songs on the fly. 

Class members should have basic knowledge of chords, and be comfortable learning music by ear or with sheet music. All musicians – instruments and voices – are welcome!

This class will only be offered in-person this semester. If there is sufficient interest, a Hybrid version of this class may be offered in our Winter semester. Email rachel@passim.org if you are interested in seeing this happen.

This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm ET on Tuesdays, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14

Please note: The class will be held at The Passim School of Music which is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator. 

Limited to 12 students (16 yrs of age or older); Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Online sale ends 1 hour before the class begins. Tickets can be purchased at the door. before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

Click here to read about our vaccination policy and extra safety measures the School of Music is taking.

Trevin Nelson

Trevin is a professional banjoist and music teacher who specializes in 3-finger and clawhammer styles, as well as, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Folk, Country Blues, Gospel, and American Roots genres. He has performed and opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Trischka, Pat Pattison, Danny Paisley, Mark Simos and others. Trevin also plays with several local and regional bands including The Ruta Beggars, Turtle Vibe, Westbound to Nowhere, and Amber Wilds, which have appeared at Club Passim, Celtic Sojourn at WGBH, Grey Fox, Joe Val, Podunk, Thomas Point Beach, Northern Lights Bluegrass Festival, The International Bluegrass Music Association, and many more. In addition to music, Trevin is also a certified yoga instructor who teaches health and wellness for musicians. Trevin’s experience performing, recording, and with the somatic disciplines makes him a unique and dynamic teacher for all ages and skill levels!

IN-PERSON: Bluegrass Ensemble

Maxfield Anderson

Maxfield Anderson is a contemporary mandolinist, vocalist, songwriter, and composer born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He is currently studying Performance with a concentration in American Roots Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.  Max was introduced to the guitar at a young age, but truly fell in love with music during his middle and high school years as a violinist in school orchestras, youth symphonies, and pits for school musicals.  He began exploring outside of classical world and fell in love with the sound Bluegrass and Western swing fiddle, and eventually the bright, powerful sound of the mandolin.

Since being accepted to Berklee in 2015, Max took part in forming Pretty Saroa modern acoustic quartet, joined the progressive folk collective – BAERD, started a weekly video series – Field Recording Sessions, spent two summer performing in the Bluegrass Jamboree at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio.  In addition to performing alongside banjo innovator Tony Trischka and revered Nashville session guitarist Bobby Stanton, Max has performed in Boston and across New England at Freshgrass, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Club Passim, House of Blues, Lizard Lounge, the Burren Backroom.  He has also performed at fundraisers for the Berklee American Roots Music Program, Boston City, and Virginia Senator and Democratic Vice President-elect Tim Kaine.

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