THE VINTAGE MANDOLIN QUARTET
“Old guys playing old music on old instruments”
Consisting of Mandolin, Mandocello, Guitar and Upright Bass, The Vintage Mandolin Quartet is a group of musicians based in Nashville TN. The rich diversity of classical, traditional, folk, pop and jazz, Irish and Italian music would add the right touch for your wedding, convention, party or any social function. The Vintage Mandolin Quartet provide the highest level of musicianship and listening entertainment.
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Rob Haines started playing music in Florida, later moving to Baton Rouge, Atlanta, New Orleans and finally Nashville. He plays guitar, banjo, dobro and pedal steel guitar in addition to the mandolin family of instruments. He's toured with and backed up many national artists including Shania Twain, Lori Morgan, Pam Tillis, Chely Wright, Ken Mellons, Vassar Clements, Tom T. Hall, Johnny Lee, Hank Thompson, Lee Greenwood, Brenda Lee, Mandy Barnett, Louise Mandrell, Jeannie C. Riley, The Jordanairs, Johnny Russel and Doug Stone.
Rob was a founding member of The Nashville Mandolin Ensemble in 1990. He and Tiger met when both were playing in staff bands at Opryland USA. Rob is also involved in video production and editing. His services are available at robhainesstudio.com/rh_studio
A native of Massachusetts,
William “Tiger” Fitzhugh attended Berklee College of
Music for 3 years and finished his education with a BS and MMu in Classical
guitar performance from Austin Peay State University. He has performed in nearly
all states and nearly all genres, rock, jazz, gospel, country, mariachi,
classical, Dixieland, and bluegrass. He has performed on tour with Razzy Bailey
and Alan Jackson, played with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Gypsy
Hombres, recorded with Vassar Clements and children’s music artist Mary LaFleur,
and performed at Opryland show park. He is a Professor of Music at Volunteer
State Community College, Tennessee State University and Cumberland University
and the author of the Hal Leonard publication “Classical Guitar for the Steel
John Hedgecoth plays mandocello in the Vintage Mandolin Quartet and has been playing the instrument for almost 22 years. He has played with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble since its inception, and has been all over the U.S. with them. John also played banjo with Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys, and was part of the Nashville Jug Band with Sam Bush, Roy Huskey Jr. Ed Dye, Pat McLaughlin, David Olney and Jill Klein. John started playing guitar at age six and has played music ever since. A former repairman for Gruhn Guitars, Hedge has an encyclopedic knowledge of older string instruments.
Originally from Illinois, Ron de la Vega began his professional musical career playing cello and bass in the early 1970’s. Performing with local and regional groups and symphony orchestras allowed him to play concerts with artists such as Benny Goodman, Dave Brubeck, and many others. In 1980, Ron moved to Los Angeles, CA and received a performance degree on bass from the prestigious Musicians Institute. Living and working in L.A. through the 1980’s allowed him to work with artists such as Vinnie Vincent, Frankie Banali, Les Wise, and many others. Arriving in Nashville late 1989, Ron’s 1st record session was for Crystal Gayle, and he continued to play and record with Paulette Carlson, Nanci Griffith, Engelbert Humperdinck, Brenda Lee, The Crickets, among many others, as well as appearing on many TV shows such as Rosie O’Donnell, Conan O’Brien, among others, including multiple times on Austin City Limits, David Letterman and Jay Leno. Continuing his performance career, Ron is also working on a masters of music degree in conducting.
Mandolin Orchestra History, from Gibson's Website: 1903-World War I - Gibson dominates the mandolin world in the golden age of the mandolin orchestra. Refinements such as a smaller size, rounded back and elevated pickguard, combined with aggressive marketing, make Gibson the leading mandolin maker. Gibson bypasses the conventional retail network by enlisting music teachers as "teacher agents." Gibson encourages and supports teacher-agents in forming mandolin orchestras and features photos of ensembles in ads and catalogs over the caption "Every One a Gibson-ite."
1921 - Gibson employee Ted McHugh, a woodworker who had sung in a group with Orville Gibson, invents two of the most important innovations in guitar history: the adjustable truss rod and the height-adjustable bridge. All Gibson instruments are still equipped with McHugh’s truss rod, and traditional jazz guitars still utilize the bridge he designed.
1922 - Gibson introduces the F-5 mandolin and L-5 guitar. World War I killed off the mandolin orchestra and given rise to the tenor banjo, threatening Gibson’s existence as a mandolin maker. In an effort to revive the mandolin, Gibson acoustic engineer Lloyd Loar designs the ultimate mandolin, the F-5. Its new features include f-holes, a longer neck and hand-tuned top, tone bars and f-holes. As a companion member of the Style 5 family, he designs the L-5 guitar. Loar and his creations will become legendary, but Gibson almost goes bankrupt, and Loar resigns late in 1924.