Buddy Wachter Buddy first gained national attention in the late 1960s when the Vega Banjo Company arranged for him to perform with the legendary banjoist Eddie Peabody at the Palladium in Hollywood. Since then, he has played more than 7000 concerts to audiences in over 130 countries. Exploring a wide variety of musical styles from jazz to pop, as well as his own compositions and adaptations of virtuoso classical works, he has appeared with such luminaries as Arthur Fiedler, Marvin Hamlisch, Bob Hope, Benny Goodman, the Count Basie All-Stars, John Hartford, Stephane Grappelli, Tony Trischka and Bela Fleck; and he has made numerous radio and television appearances including Larry King Live. Since 1990 Buddy has performed and lectured internationally as a musical ambassador for the U.S. Department of State, and he has appeared as guest soloist for over a hundred orchestras worldwide, including the Boston Pops and Charlotte Philharmonic. He is featured on five recordings with his quartet and one with symphony orchestra, he has published numerous articles and instructional materials for 4-string banjo, and often leads clinics and workshops. In 2000, Buddy was inducted into the National Banjo Hall of Fame.