Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp Vail is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

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Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp Vail is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four-day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

An Invitation From Tommy Emmanuel

Hello friends! I’d like to personally invite you to join me at my upcoming Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp USA at The Lodge in Vail, Colorado, taking place June 13th – 17th, 2019.

As everyone knows, John Denver sang a lot about the Rocky Mountains and made us all aware of the beauty of the scenery, the freshness of the air. I’ve been playing in Colorado since the early 90s and though I don’t ski, I’ve always wanted to go to Vail. That’s one reason this year’s Guitar Camp USA is taking place at The Lodge in Vail, Colorado. There’s nothing quite like the Rocky Mountains in summer, everything about it is going to really make people appreciate nature that much more.

I would have to say Guitar Camp Vail is definitely going to feature my most diverse lineup thus far: Tuck & Patti, Joe Robinson, J.D. Simo, and, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley. The instructors that I’ve chosen to join us reflect such a wide range of styles – jazz, bluegrass, country, blues, fusion, even jam band rock ‘n’ roll. Each one has been carefully selected to bring something totally different to the camp. Each one of them is going to bring something good and unique that should prove to be enlightening for everybody.

All the teachers are incredible live artists so they’re definitely going to bring the importance of performance to the camp on a greater level than ever before. Each one can speak from their real-life experience, the same as I do. I always try to share things from my perspective with the people attending my camps, letting them know what I’ve learned and what I think will genuinely help them become better players. Nothing is ever sugarcoated at my camps. It’s all real. People get the real information.

My Guitar Camp USA at The Lodge in Vail, Colorado will, of course, include four full days of lessons, workshops, and performances, with some very special outings also planned so that we all get a real taste of the Rocky Mountain air.

The Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp has evolved in so many ways over the years. Each time we learn something new that makes my next camp even more special. We want to give people the right amount of teaching but also enough time to jam, socialize, and really absorb the information that we’re trying to hand on to them. I think what makes my event stand out from other guitar camps is that we always try to strike the right balance between giving people enough information versus giving them enough space to do their own thing.

I hope you’ll join me for this next Guitar Camp USA. Can’t wait to see you all in Vail!

Tommy Emmanuel CGP

The Lodge at Vail, Vail, Colorado

Setting & Accommodations

This is Vail at its most iconic. Our intimate, alpine boutique evokes the charm, warmth and old-school allure of Europe’s finest chalets. The first hotel in Vail, it remains the cornerstone of Vail Village, located just steps from Gondola One. Revel in the proximity to the slopes, exceptional dining, shopping, and culture Vail Valley has to offer, all from the comfort of your luxurious home away from home. – Vail Lodge

Outdoor Firepit
The Lodge Pool
The Lodge Lobby
The Lodge Room

Area Attractions

Vail, Colorado is not just a winter wonderland but a prime summer destination. Breathe in the crisp mountain air of the Colorado Rockies atop Vail mountain. Enjoy an array of outdoor activities including hiking, fly fishing, and mountain biking. If the outdoors aren’t for you, Vail hosts world-class shopping and an array of restaurants!

Shopping in Vail
Spring Flowers
Sunrise over the mountains
Vail at dusk

Area Activities

Trek Vail Mountain to capture stunning views, golf at world-class courses, test your fly fishing abilities in the Eagle River. There are also numerous companies that provide gear rental and outdoor activities to enhance your time in Vail. The possibilities are endless when you’re in Vail!

Visitvailvalley.com

Vail Hiking
The Lodge Massage
Shopping in Vail
Fall Colors

Schedule

We will be announcing a detailed schedule for the Vail camp early in 2019. In the meantime, please feel free to review schedules for our 2018 Tommy camps as an indication of what Vail will be like.

Friday May 11

  • 3:00 PM

    Check-in

  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

    Orientation

  • 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

    Camper Raffle for Mentor Session & Student Show

  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    Break

  • 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:15 PM

    Instructor Preview Concert

    • 8:15 – 8:30 John Knowles CGP
    • 8:30 – 8:45 Richard Smith
    • 8:45 – 9:00 Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
    • 9:00 – 10:00 Tommy Emmanuel CGP
  • 10:30 PM

    Open Mic

Saturday May 12

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel CGP Workshop Part 1

  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel CGP Workshop Part 2

  • 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – John Knowles CGP
    • Group 2 – Richard Smith
    • Group 3 -Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Mentor Sessions (optional)

  • 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 2 -John Knowles CGP
    • Group 3 – Richard Smith
    • Group 1 – Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 3 -John Knowles CGP
    • Group 1 – Richard Smith
    • Group 2 – Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
  • 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

    Break

  • 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM

    John Knowles Performance

  • 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

    Richard Smith Performance

  • 9:00 PM

    Tommy Emmanuel Jam Session

  • 10:30 PM

    Open Mic

Sunday May 13

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel CGP Workshop

  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel CGP and Guest Instructor Workshop

  • 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 -John Knowles CGP & Richard Smith
    • Group 2 – Frank Vignola
    • Group 3 – Vinny Raniolo
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Mentor Session (Optional)

  • 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 2 – John Knowles & Richard Smith
    • Group 3 – Frank Vignola
    • Group 2 – Vinny Raniolo
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 3 – John Knowles & Richard Smith
    • Group 1 – Frank Vignola
    • Group 2 – Vinny Raniolo
  • 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

    Break

  • 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM

    Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo Performance

  • 8:30 PM

    Tommy Emmanuel Jam Session with surprise guest

  • 10:30 PM

    Open Mic

Monday May 14

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel CGP Workshop

  • 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel CGP & Instructor Workshop

  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – John Knowles
    • Group 2 – Richard Smith
    • Group 3 – Frank Vignola
  • 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

    Lunch

  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Mentor Sessions (Optional)

  • 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

    Break

  • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 2 – John Knowles
    • Group 3 – Richard Smith
    • Group 1 – Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 3 – John Knowles
    • Group 1 – Richard Smith
    • Group 2 – Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
  • 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

    Break Away to Dress Nice for Pictures

  • 5:15 PM

    Group Picture (presence is mandatory)

  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

    Autographs & Pictures

  • 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Student & Instructor Show

  • 10:30 PM

    Open Mic

Tuesday May 15

  • 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel’s CGP Departure Lecture

  • 11:00 AM

    Check Out

Monday July 23

  • 3:00 PM

    Check-In

  • 4:30 PM

    Orientation

  • 5:30 PM

    Camper Raffle

  • 6:00 PM

    Break

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner – Peabody

  • 8:15 PM

    Instructor Preview Concert:

    • Mike Seal
    • Jack Pearson
    • Pat Bergeson
    • Tommy Emmanuel
  • 10:30 PM

    Open Mic

Tuesday July 24

  • 8:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:15 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel Workshop (part 1)

  • 10:30 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel Workshop (part 2)

  • 11:45 AM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Mike Seal
    • Group 2 – Jack Pearson
    • Group 3 – Pat Bergeson
  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    Menton Sessions (optional)

  • 3:15 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 2 – Mike Seal
    • Group 3 – Jack Pearson
    • Group 1 – Pat Bergeson
  • 4:30 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 3 – Mike Seal
    • Group 1 – Jack Pearson
    • Group 2 – Pat Bergeson
  • 5:45 PM

    Board Buses to Stax Records

    *Buses staggered by 15 minutes 

  • 6:00 PM

    Tour Stax Records and Lecture by Steve Cropper

  • 8:00 PM

    Board Buses to Dinner

  • 8:30 PM

    Dinner at Rum Boogie Restaurant

  • 9:15 PM

    Show

    • 9:15 PM – Steve Cropper
    • 9:45 PM – Tommy Emmanuel Jam
  • 10:30 PM

    Open Mic

Wednesday July 25

  • 8:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:15 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel Workshop

  • 10:30 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel & Steve Cropper Workshop

  • 11:45 AM

    Gr0up Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Mike Seal
    • Group 2 – Jack Pearson
    • Group 3 – Pat Bergeson
  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    Mentor Session (optional)

  • 3:15 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 2 – Mike Seal
    • Group 3 – Jack Pearson
    • Group 1 – Pat Bergeson
  • 4:30 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 3 – Mike Seal
    • Group 1 – Jack Pearson
    • Group 2 – Pat Bergeson
  • 6:15 PM

    Board Buses to Graceland

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner at Graceland

  • 8:00 PM

    Show at Graceland

    • 8:00 PM – Jerry Douglas
    • 8:30 PM – Tommy Emmanuel Jam
  • 9:45 PM

    Board Buses

  • 10:00 PM

    Open Mic

Thursday July 26

  • 8:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:15 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel Workshop

  • 10:15 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel & Jerry Douglas Workshop

  • 11:30 AM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Mike Seal
    • Group 2 – Jack Pearson
    • Group 3 – Pat Bergeson
  • 12:45 PM

    Lunch

  • 1:00 PM

    Menton Sessions (optional)

  • 1:45 PM

    Break

  • 2:15 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 2 – Mike Seal
    • Group 3 – Jack Pearson
    • Group 1 – Pat Bergeson
  • 3:30 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 3 – Mike Seal
    • Group 1 – Jackson Pearson
    • Group 2 – Pat Bergeson
  • 4:30 PM

    Break Away to Dress Nice for Pictures

  • 5:00 PM

    Group Picture (presence is mandatory)

  • 5:15 PM

    Autographs & Pictures

  • 6:45 PM

    Dinner at Hotel

  • 8:00 PM

    Student Show

  • 11:00 PM

    Open Mic

Friday July 27

  • 8:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:15 AM

    Tommy Emmanuel Departing Lecture

  • 11:00 AM

    Check-Out

Check back for updates!

Guest Artists

Tuck & Patti

JD Simo

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Joe Robinson

Travel Directions

The Lodge at Vail, Vail, Colorado

Address
174 East Gore Creek Drive
Vail, CO 81657

Website
The Lodge at Vail 

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Instrument Travel

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Guitar Upgrades

8.9% sales tax will be added at checkout. Guitars will be available to you once you arrive at camp.

EMTE mini: $1899 MSRP, our price $1599

The EMTE is a fusion of two of our most successful guitars, the EBG808TE and the Mini Maton EM-6. We have used the same materials that make the EBG808TE such a popular tone machine and applied them to our classic Mini shape.

Maton EMTE Mini Guitar

EBG808TEC: $2899 MSRP, our price $2599

Designed in conjunction with guitar great Tommy Emmanuel, the TE series guitars are an outstanding tribute to Tommy’s musicianship and Maton’s superior craftsmanship. Built to Tommy's specifications, the TE series provides the huge tone and performance you would expect from a guitar bearing the name.

Maton EBG808TEC Guitar

SRS808C: $1999 MSRP, our price $1699

The NEW Maton SRS808c incorporates solid Blackwood back and sides, a Western Red Cedar top and a soft cutaway. The SRS 808c is an absolutely beautiful little guitar and combines the warm, full tones of Blackwood with the top end sparkle of Cedar.

Maton SRS808C Guitar

Pricing and Registration

Pricing

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    2,399.00

    Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. You may either name a fellow registrant as your roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Pricing is per person.

  • Single Room with One Bed
    3,499.00

    Standard room with one bed. All attendees must stay at the Lodge at Vail. Pricing is per person.

  • Bring Your Loved One with One Bed
    4,199.00

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Lodge at Vail but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. The room includes one king bed. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

  • Bring Your Loved One with Two Beds
    4,199.00

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Lodge at Vail but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. The room has two queen beds. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

  • Couples Room with One Bed
    4,499.00

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Lodge at Vail and participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, attend all workshops and evening concerts together. The room includes one king bed. Pricing is for two participants.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Incredible welcome kit from D’Addario
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Parking
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sightseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments if you are not signing up for our premium upgrade

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on March 1, 2019.
    • Any registrations received after March 1, 2019 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy