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Doug "Dirt" Greenfield
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Performs with: Banana Slug String Band

Profile:
Doug "Dirt" Greenfield was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1956 and had his first serious musical experiences at age 15 when he began studying Music Theory in high school. Doug continued his studies at Ohio University, where he graduated with an individualized, self-designed curriculum with an emphasis in Music, Environmental Education, Creative Problem-solving Technologies and Communications Studies.

After a very enriching and short-lived three weeks at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Dirt reconsidered his life path. He shifted from his original intention, legally protecting children and the earth's resources and habitats, to using entertainment as his vehicle to reach the masses. By obtaining a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential through Hayward State University, Dirt was able to blend his passion for performance arts with his desire to teach children, families and educators how to care for our precious planet.

Dirt served in a succession of outdoor education posts leading week-long science camps. Starting as program director for Venture West School of Outdoor Living, he went on to teach at Exploring New Horizons, and later created individualized trips, taking students and Adults from northern California schools on hands-on science explorations of many of the states most pristine habitats.

In 1985, while working as musician, naturalist and co-director of Exploring New Horizons, Dirt began a 27-year (and counting) musical adventure. Along with four friends, he co-founded the children’s eco-music group Banana Slug String Band. Dirt co-managed the group from The start, taking it on national tour in 42 states as well as to Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Jamaica and India.

today the band still has all four original Slugs and has been blessed to perform for over 1 million folks. The groups eleven recordings have garnered a string of honors including; Parenting Media Award, Parents' Choice Awards, EarlychildhoodNEWS Director's Choice Award, Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award, AFIM Indie Award for Children's Music, National Park Service Audio Interpretive Excellence Awards, Entertainment Weekly’s 4-Star Rating, the American Library Associations Notable Children's Recording, and a NAPPA [National Association of Parenting Publications] Gold Award.

Dirt enjoys life with his wife and two teenaged daughters and continues his work with Banana Slug String Band.


Gear:
Genz Benz Shuttle 9.2 (new STL9.2).

Quote from Artist:
I love the versatility of the Shuttle 9.2 Dirt says. It delivers a wonderful rich tube pre-amp punchy tone with my Ernie Ball Earthwood Acoustic Bass, and I love the big thick round clarity I get with my '62' P Bass. I also love the light-weight easy-to-carry-on size for fly away gigs.

Website:
www.bananaslugstringband.com




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