Banjo Champion
About Gary Davis

The world’s only 5-time National Banjo Champion

Gary “Biscuit” Davis is a world-class musician and banjo champion. He holds a total of five National Banjo titles and is known throughout the world for his accomplishments.

Starting at the age of ten, Gary has always enjoyed banjo and bluegrass music. He began his path to becoming the only five-time national banjo champion with a love of his craft, and a determination to succeed.

Gary’s experience speaks for itself. He played for Dolly Parton for more than 20 years and spent much of that time as her band leader. He was not only a staple at Dolly’s Stampede and Dinner Pre-show but has performed in Dolly’s Kin folks Show at Dollywood, as well as the park’s Smoky Mountain Jubilee and has played all over the world, with recent tours in Australia, Asia, and Europe.

Gary is a  phenomenal and sought-after instructor whose students have often also become masters of their musical crafts; they learn quickly in an environment that caters to both their musical tastes and their learning styles. Each student receives a customized lesson with a video re-cap sent following each session. Virtual classes will soon be available to students of all ages and abilities. Specialties are three-finger-style banjo, Scruggs, and acoustic methods.

Gary is skilled in acoustic, bluegrass, country, jazz, western, and western swing styles.