Workshop Instructors
Dennis Cooper

Dennis Cooper helped establish the Idaho Harmonica Workshop in 2016 and was the first instructor.  Dennis was strictly a rock & blues harmonica soloist before 1998 when he ventured to Yellow Pine for the first time to see what it was all about. That’s when he met a fellow player who played in the blues style but captured the melody with more feeling than traditional 1st position players. He has expanded his playlist of 2nd position melodies from the “Steel Guitar Rag” in 1998 to over 200 songs to date.” Three (maybe 4 if I get it done) albums later he’s still adding “impossible” songs to his playlist. From Big Band to Reggae, with a little Country & Rock-N-Roll thrown in for good measure you’ll hear it all during his shows.”

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Bob Kohnke

Bob has portrayed Jake Blues of the “Blues Brothers Rock and Soul Revue” for the last 25 years. Jake is an entertainer who sings and has learned to play harmonica to enhance the performance.  He has played in front of thousand of folks over the years to include working with "Otis Day and the Knights," Chubby Checker, Jan and Dean, Felix Cavaliere from “The Young Rascals”, and others! Jake has attended Harmonica Camps in Clarksdale, MS., soloed at Ground 0 in Clarksdale and played numerous times in the role of a “Harp Player.”

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Gordon Hamilton is a singer songwriter and a blues harmonica player who has spent many years studying and playing the harmonica. He is currently the President of the Idaho Songwriters Association and a member of the Boise Blues Society. Gordon and his wife Tamera anchor the band “The River Twice”. Gordon has assisted in the Yellow Pine Harmonica Workshop for the last two years. He’s also attended Jon Gindick’s Harmonica Camp in Ventura, California. In Gordon’s personal experience, he notes “I’ve seen how much fun the harmonica can be for experienced musicians and especially for people who have never played before. There’s magic in the harmonica that wants to come out.”

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