John has been teaching both bluegrass and clawhammer banjo for over 35 years to students ranging in age from 5 years old to 80. He has performed with The Wrecking Crew, Dropkick Murpheys, Ashley Campbell, Ed Helms and Scarlett Rivera, in addition to touring the world with the punk-bluegrass band Old Man Markley..

John has crafted all courses here at Banjo Mountain based on his 30 years of teaching. 

John currently plays banjo in multiple bands, teaches banjo weekly, and is a judge at the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Festival.

John Rosen Playing Banjo with the Wrecking Crew 2022


Judd built and runs Banjo Mountain. If there’s something wrong, he’s to blame. :)

He has been playing banjo for 8 years and loves playing banjo in nature, including taking it into the wild on backpacking, camping and overlanding trips. A novice in clawhammer style, he mainly plays three-finger bluegrass banjo.

In addition to banjo, Judd plays fingerstyle and bluegrass guitar.

In his non-banjo life, Judd is a father, husband and motion graphics artist. He can be reached at [email protected]

Judd Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park with his family and banjo.