Keith Yoder is a talented instructor and musician with an unconventional approach to music education. Self-taught, he first picked up a guitar in high school and has since added numerous other instruments to the inventory he plays. He has played for 35 years (and counting!) and has taught full-time since 1994. Keith teaches and equips students on guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, resophonic guitar, bass, and drums. An Iowa native, Keith loves time with his family, jamming with friends (old and new), watching documentaries on Netflix, eating the famed White Castle or Krystal burgers, and cheering for his sweet Minnesota Vikings.
Hi, my name is Jonelle Thompson, but my real title is 'Austin's Mom.’ I am a self-taught 'acclaimed artist' that will paint anything on anything! From wall murals, patio floors, tennis shoes, ornaments, canvas's and records! (just to name a few) In addition, I work as a Sales Consultant with a Peoria based caterer; I also coordinate, design weddings/events and customize paintings through 'Fine DeZine' when I'm not listening to live music or shopping! Please stop by my booth to check out this years painted records and say HI!
Jolene has been teaching yoga since 2014, specializing in thai Yoga Therapeutic Relief, and meditation. Jolene believes that the most important part of yoga is taking time out, so you can sit down and stay connected with what is happening in your body and your mind. Join Jolene each morning of the Wander Down so you can set the stage for a beautiful day of positive vibes and beautiful music.
Hello! I'm Brockelle Noel. I currently work at Illinois Central College in the children's center with children, ages 2-5. I also do the Summer camp there for older children! Just a few things about me: I love listening to live music, whether it be at a huge concert or just someone playing acoustic guitar at a bar. I spend most of my free time hanging out with my husband of 7 years and playing with my dog. I love doing arts and crafts and seeing what I can create from of something simple. I am Austin's older sister and love The Way Down Wanderers. I look forward to seeing everyone at Wander Down 2019!
John plays drums with The Way Down Wanderers. He has been playing the spoons for years and loves any opportunity to pass on technique and knowledge about this unique instrument. He recently gave a TedX Talk on learning how to make music with spoons!
John Williams is a mildly accomplished poet well-known throughout many Illinois zip codes. As well as slappin' da bass with the Way Down Wanderers, he will be a decent emcee at the freeform exploration of words and ideas, The Beatnik Poetry Coffeehouse workshop. His academic contributions are slim, although he passed the AP English test in high school which was pretty cool. His debut book, Stuff I Wrote, was released last year and has sold zero copies to date.
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––The New York Times Book Review
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Patty Williams, mom to WDW fabulous bass player John. Graduated from college in 2005 with a degree in sign language interpreting. For the past 9.5 years, has worked with special needs students in elementary and middle grades at a district in Washington, IL. She is also mom to David, Brian and Katie, mother-in-law to Betsy, Jess and John, and Cookie to her grandchildren Neve, Charter, Ben, Alex, Jack and Simon (all except Katie's husband John are at WDMF). I love to read, sew, travel and spend time with my family.