August 6-8, 2020 — Bellingham, WA

Volunteer with the Jamboree

The Subdued Stringband Jamboree is a volunteer-run festival and we need your help! Each year, 300+ volunteers work to make the Jamboree happen. In exchange, volunteers get entry into the festival, meals, and camping:

  • Shifts are 3 - 4 hours.
  • 2 shifts = Entry into the festival and 2 meals.
  • 3 shifts = Entry into the festival, a tent camping pass, and 3 meals.
  • 4 shifts = Entry into the festival, a car camping pass, and 4 meals.
  • 5 shifts = Hey... You’re going places in this company! Let's talk!
Many volunteer shifts happen before and after the festival. The Jamboree's volunteer staff is always growing and evolving. If you'd like to be involved, please contact us!

Before the Festival

  • The Publicity Team: The Jamboree is in need of many people who love the festival and want to spread the word. This can take the form of hanging posters, handing out flyers, spreading the word on listservs and blogs, going to other regional festivals and hanging posters, and many other things. To help with publicity, write to

During the Festival

  • Gate: Welcome attendees, sell and collect tickets.
  • Subdued Central: Share helpful information with Jamboree-goers.
  • Sub-Duds Mercantile: Sell band CDs, t-shirts, and merch.
  • Kitchen Shift Coordinators: Take a leadership role in the preparation/serving of food.
  • Subdued Canteen: Prepare and serve food to the bands.
  • Stage Crew: Set up and tear down the stages.
  • Site Decoration: Help decorate the stages and festival grounds.
  • First Aid: Crew is on site throughout the festival to help as help is needed.
  • Kidsville: Help lead kids in creative activities.
  • Grounds Crew: Set-up the grounds; Clean up the grounds, including tents, fencing, bathroom supplies, signs, and more.
  • Zero Waste Crew: Manage recycling, compost & trash to keep our festival footprint as subdued as possible.

Jamming for the Volunteers from Warner Blake on Vimeo.