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Mary Z. Cox, a banjoholic with 14 banjos, has been playing since she was 12, and is a past Florida champion. She has won old time music competitions on banjo, dulcimer, and string band in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee and was chosen by Banjo Newsletter readers in 2006 as the fourth favorite clawhammer banjo player in the world. She has recorded five CDs, has written four banjo tab books, and has been published in Banjo Newsletter, Studio Magazine, and Old Time Herald. Her music has been played on BBC and National Public radio and is available on itunes worldwide. Mary Z. is also a dulcimaniac with eight mountain dulcimers, a past Florida mountain dulcimer champion, as well as the first place winner in the 2006 Uncle Dave Macon Days in Tennessee and the first place dulcimer champion at the 2006 Transylvania County (North Carolina) Old Time Music Competition. Her "Dulcimer Fandango" CD, with its string band style dulcimer remains a favorite with dulcimer and banjo enthusiast. Mary Z. and guitarist husband, Bob, have entertained audiences with dulcimer and banjo concerts and workshops from coast to coast. Mary Z. and Bob enjoy introducing students of all ages to new tunes, techniques, and the dulcimer and banjo life.

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