Welcome to Peter Rolland's website
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QUICK NEWS INDEX (click on the item to automatically jump down to it):
 
  1. Doc Rolland 2018 Colorado summer tour with the Jazz Cowboys featuring Igor Glenn and Kit Simon
  2. Announcing the 2018 (8th edition of) Rolland Fiddle Camp
  3. Announcing the Mountain View Fiddlers
  4. Peter Rolland received the 2016 Southwest Folklife Alliance Masters Apprentice award
  5. This year's violin crop and holiday greetings
  6. 2017 Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Conference at ASU in Tempe, AZ and Workshop in Urbana, Illinois
  7. 2014 China Tour by Doc Rolland's Americana String Ensemble
  8. 2012 World Premiere of my Fiddle Concerto "The Traveler's Footprints" with the Chandler Symphony     
      Orchestra and performance by the Rolland Family Band

  9. Rolland Fiddle Camp Archives


 
Doc Rolland's Colorado summer tour
with
The Jazz Cowboys
featuring
Igor Glenn and Kit Simon

Now booking shows for July 1 - 15, 2018

Contact: Peter Rolland at peterrolland@cox.net or call 602-618-6285





This trio of entertaining bandleaders is sure to delight your audience!  BRIEF CREDITS: Doc is a 3-time certified division national fiddle champion and has done 8 international tours.  Igor is an entertaining dynamo with a 4-octave vocal range.  His credits are legion, including world tours as a member of the famed New Christy Minstrels; he was a 3-time winner of Chuck Barris' Gong Show and is the founder of The Jazz Cowboys, a unique and entertaining Western Swing & traditional jazz band with a large fan-base  around the USA through countless appearances at Dixieland festivals.  Doc & Igor have an ongoing 35 year musical collaboration which includes several international tours, the most recent of which was a 24-concert tour of major civic venues throughout China.  Kit Simon is a popular fixture in the Colorado music scene, a great rhythm & lead player, singer & owner of Arvada's Olde Town Pickin' Parlor and leader of the Olde Town Swing Band.


 
Announcing the 8th edition of
Rolland Fiddle Camp
June 25 - 29, 2018
Custer County School
Westcliffe, Colorado
plan ahead !
I'm very happy to announce that Igor Glenn will join our 2018 faculty. 
Igor is a master musician and entertaining tour-de-force like none other.
More camp information coming soon
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NEW: The Mountain View Fiddlers


 In September 2017 the group consisting of Doc Rolland & his apprentices from the Southwest Folklife Alliance Masters-Apprentice Award program morphed into a new fiddle-oriented group called The Mountain View Fiddlers.  We performed at two fall festivals:
     1) The Arizona State Fiddle Contest in Payson, AZ on September 23 & 24
     2) The Tucson Meet Yourself Festival in Tucson, AZ on October 15
 We are accepting bookings for the 2017-2018 season.

Please contact me at peterrolland@cox.net or 602-618-6285 if you are interested in booking the band or if you would like to get one of our logo T-shirts:




 
Peter Rolland was a 2016 recipient of the
Southwest Folklife Alliance Masters Apprentice award.


photo by Steven Meckler, used by permission

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Reflections on a great 2017 Rolland Fiddle Camp
Jamming: lots of it
Tuesday night square dance: what fun!
Wednesday night faculty concert: packed & Wow!
Learning & epiphanies: lots of it, oh yeah!
See the camp facebook page for pictures.
 
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Have a great Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and best wishes for a wonderful 2018 from Peter & Gail Rolland

This year’s violin crop has been very successful!!

This picture, taken in the backyard garden, shows two nice samples almost ready for harvest.


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PAUL ROLLAND STRING PEDAGOGY WORKSHOP
University of Illinois (Urbana campus)
July 22 - 28, 2018

Peter's father Paul Rolland is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant string pedagogues of the 20th century, and forty years after his passing his students continue to teach his pedagogical ideas at workshops and clinics in the USA, Brazil, Spain, and England.  Peter & Gail Rolland will teach fiddling and cello at the 2018 Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop at the University of Illinois where Paul Rolland was chairman of the string department.  It was there that he designed and conducted the University of Illinois String Research Project, which formed the basis for his celebrated book and film series "The Teaching of Action In String Playing".

CONTACT: Lucy Manning



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 2014 CHINA TOUR A GREAT SUCCESS

"Doc Rolland's Americana String Ensemble" returned on September 3, 2014 from a 5-week, 24-concert, 23 city tour of China.  The 9 piece band and two dancers performed in China Poly Theaters nationwide in magnificent large theaters, many having the appearance of architectural wonders.  The band performed culturally-based American roots music in various forms, primarily old-time fiddling, old-time string band music, bluegrass, early country, traditional jazz, cowboy music, western swing music and Cajun, with a nod to our Canadian, Mexican and Celtic musical heritage, and a bow to the Chinese with arrangements of Chinese songs.  All 9 musicians sang, and the instrumentation was 3 fiddles, clawhammer and bluegrass banjos, 2 guitars, mandolin, bass, piano, clarinet and percussion.  The two dancers performed the Cotton Eyed Joe, Balboa & Charleston, Tap, Swing, Country Polka, Waltz, Fox Trot, Country 2-Step, Flatfoot, and Lindy Hop and provided a marvelous visual interpretation of the band's music.  Kudos to Steve Conrad and Lacey Maynard for the magnificent job they did lighting up the stage with their beautiful, well-choreographed dancing.  My musical companions did a fantastic job both in their features numbers and their well-rehearsed ensemble work.  The audiences ranged from 200 to 1500 in number at each of the 24 shows; they loved our music and we did encores at every show.  I was truly fortunate to have such wonderful musicians to work with:  Igor Glenn (bass), Ron Privett and Annie Trimble (guitars), Ken Bucy (percussion), Nancy Bucy (clarinet & piano), Bryan Seegers (mandolin & bluegrass banjo), Giselle Lee (clawhammer banjo & fiddle) and Ben Shu (fiddle).  We were able to film three of the concerts and I'm currently working on editing the footage.  I hope to post concert videos from the tour spring 2015.


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YouTube videos from the May 6, 2012 WORLD PREMIERE OF MY FIDDLE CONCERTO, "The Traveler's Footprints", at the Chandler Center for the Arts performed with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra.  ALSO from the same event: video of the Rolland Family Band performing DDAD Doodad (medley of Yellin' The Shoats and Bonaparte's Retreat), Boil The Cabbage Down, Train On The Island, and Earl Mittons Breakdown.

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Videos of Student Testimonials
Photos from the 2012 Rolland Fiddle Camp
Videos of Camp Performances

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