Dusty Rider

Dusty Rider

Instructor of Folk and Bluegrass Banjo

School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

(970) 351-2993

Professional/Academic Experience

Yes, folks! Dusty Rider is his real name.

Born in upstate New York, Dusty has developed a love for trains, airplanes, and banjos. After spending many years in his cozy hometown, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he worked for the railroad as a brakeman. By night, he picked the banjo for the AK band High Lonesome Sound.

His stay in Alaska came to an end when he moved to Oklahoma City to join the Byron Berline Band. He lived there only for a short time, as he soon made the trek to Colorado where he knew there would be many good musical opportunities awaiting.

Since he moved to the front range in September 2011, Dusty has become well known for his abilities on the 5-string. The Railsplitters are happy to call him one of their own.

Dusty is currently playing the Gibson Mastertone that his friend Bill Hayes from Maine built for him.