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April 1, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – A free banjo lesson taken during a Chamber-led tour of Deering Banjo factory in Spring Valley proved music to Valerie Harrison’s ears. “I never knew I had musical talent before,” said the plucky President of the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce. 


Janet Deering, co-founder of the world-famous banjo company, praised Harrison’s abilities. “It’s clear she has a natural knack for bluegrass,” she noted. “After a few more lessons, she was really jamming!”


In a new partnership, the Chamber is now offering free banjo lessons to all members. In addition, women enrolled in the Chamber’s “Women’s Higher Education Entreprenurial Leadership” (WHEEL) program have teamed up to form their own entrepreneurial enterprise: the “Chamber Maids,” an all-female bluegrass band.

“Deering is pleased to announce the Chamber Maids as our newest recording artists,” Janet Deering said, adding that the group will also be hitting the road on tour. The highlight of the tour, an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, will be live-streamed at East County Magazine’s website.

“Who says business and pleasure can’t mix?” Harrison said, firing off a hot fingerpickin’ riff on Deering’s new “Gal Val” custom banjo inlaid with pink mother-of-pearl cash registers. “This job is smokin’ hot-and I’m loving it!”



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