Rose City Banjoliers

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About Us
The Rose City Banjoliers band, formed in 1972, consists primarily of plectrum and tenor banjos, a tuba, a piano, a saw, washboard(s), and vocalists. Our toe-tapping music, which ranges from the "gay nineties" to the mid-1900's, is popular with audiences as diverse as farmers markets, retirement homes, county fairs, and private parties. We are a nonprofit organization.

Contact Information

    Contact Us

For booking please contact Charles Carter:
     Email:, Phone: (503) 469-8353
For all other concerns, including joining the band, please contact Bill Leonard:
     Email:, Phone: (360) 910-5123, or
     John Kaleta:  Email:, Phone: (503) 686-0356
President: John Rudi
Vice President: Bill Leonard
     Email:, Phone: (360) 910-5123
Band Leader: John Kaleta
Secretary/Editor: Charles Carter
Treasurer: John Kaleta
Booking Agent: Charles Carter
     Email:, Phone: (503) 469-8353


     Here are some band videos:


Note:  Practices are suspended during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Practices are held at Terwilliger Plaza (2545 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR 97201) at 7:30 PM on on the first and third Thursday of the month.  Please contact Bill Leonard for more specific information
Email:, Phone: (360) 910-5123
Individuals who are interested in joining the Banjoliers are welcome to sit in on practices.


IGA (Fretted Instrument Guild of America) - Includes links to other banjo sites.
National 4-string Banjo Hall of Fame Museum - Preservation of the Banjo...
Jim Bottorff - on playing the banjo. Includes songs to play along.
Brian's Chord List - Plectrum and Tenor chords.
Banjoseen - Chords and other information.
4-String Chord Generator - Find and print out chords for lots of tunings.
Don's banjo tunes: