Teachers at the Old Town School

Colby Maddox

Mandolin, Fiddle

Music Styles - Bluegrass, Early Country, Swing

Originally from California, Colby moved to the Midwest to attend Oberlin College and escape the tech boom. Immediately after college he traveled out to Berkeley, California for a summer so that he could study with mandolin great David Grisman.

Colby moved to Chicago in 1995 to work and travel with The Special Consensus bluegrass band. He rubbed elbows and shared the stage with many of his heroes like Tim O’Brien, Scott Nygaard, Sally Van Meter, Laurie Lewis, Slavek Hanzlik, J.D. Crowe and John Hartford. Along the way Colby studied fiddle with Missouri State Champion Charlie Walden and played for a short time in a duo with young banjo wizard Noam Pikelny.

In 1999 Colby moved on to teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and managing the teaching collection of books and recordings and concert archive at the School. He enjoys teaching beginners and advanced students, and specializes in all styles of mandolin and bluegrass fiddle.

Education: BA, Oberlin College

Started at the Old Town School in January of 1997


Group Classes for the session beginning 05/01/2017

Bluegrass Ensemble with Colby Maddox · John Huber
$189 ($180 members)
for 7 weeks
05/01/2017 – 06/19/2017Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Mandolin 1 Repertoire with Colby Maddox
$172 ($163 members)
for 7 weeks
05/01/2017 – 06/19/2017Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Fiddle 1 Repertoire with Colby Maddox
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
05/02/2017 – 06/20/2017Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Mandolin 2 Repertoire with Colby Maddox
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
05/02/2017 – 06/20/2017Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Mandolin 2 with Colby Maddox
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
05/03/2017 – 06/21/2017Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Introduction to the Mandolin with Colby Maddox
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
05/03/2017 – 06/21/2017Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Mandolin 1 with Colby Maddox
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
05/04/2017 – 06/22/2017Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Fiddle 3 with Colby Maddox
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
05/04/2017 – 06/22/2017Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000