Professional banjo player, Trevor Smith, Austin, TX, finished in third place at the Winfield bluegrass banjo competition. This was his first time to attend the Walnut Valley Festival. He said that he has heard about Winfield his whole life – the quality contests and the great campground jam sessions. He said that there are a lot of very high-caliber jams and the musicians are very polite and use good etiquette. Smith is a member of the Wood & Wire band, and grew up playing classical piano.
He returned to Austin with a third-place trophy and a Nechville Renaissance Vintage Banjo provided by Nechville Musical Products of Bloomington, MN.