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Teachers at the Old Town School

Laird Patten


Laird’s first memory of bluegrass music comes from his grandfather, who shared with him recordings of the many artists he listened to as a boy on Chicago’s WLS National Barn Dance. On a family vacation together, Laird and his grandfather encountered a banjo in a music store, and with a bit of encouragement from grandpa, Laird walked out with banjo in hand. Ten years later, Laird has honed his skill as a player, playing everywhere from busking subway stations to sharing bills with bluegrass legends like Larry Sparks! Most recently Laird has been recording and performing with Chicago based bluegrass band Cox’s Army.

Laird has been teaching private banjo lessons for two years. His biggest delight in teaching banjo is sharing the sense of discovery and accomplishment with his students as they learn the instrument. Laird’s first goal for his students is to quickly develop the skills necessary to play with other musicians!

Still eager for knowledge, Laird continues his personal practice through private lessons, as well as taking on new instrumental challenges. He continues to push his vocal and guitar abilities, but also has been enjoying learning the fiddle in the hopes to add it to his repertoire.

Started at the Old Town School in January of 2014

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 08/28/2023

Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 10/23/2023

Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Group Classes for the session beginning 10/23/2023

Bluegrass Banjo 2 with Laird Patten

$248 ($228 members)

10/25/2023 – 12/13/2023 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave