Tripp has been a music educator and performer in a wide variety of music styles for more than 30 years. He teaches mandolin, guitar, and banjo and directs the Appalachian Music Ensemble at the College of William and Mary. He won 1st place in the Highland County old-time mandolin contest, and placed 4th in the Grayson County bluegrass/old-time mandolin contest.
Jeff grew up in Galax, Virginia, listening to and learning from musicians of Grayson and Carroll Counties. He played with and learned from Abe Horton, Rafe Brady, Albert Hash, and Enoch Rutherford, and performed with Kyle Creed as part of the Camp Creek Boys. In his early days, Jeff played and won ribbons at fiddlers conventions, including a 2nd & 4th in the Old-Time Band, and 2nd in the Old-Time Banjo at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention.
Jenny's Old-time guitar playing is the glue that holds the Ramblers' sound together. She occasionally adds a second banjo to their voice, as she was first drawn to Old-Time Music through the banjo and her love of dancing. In addition, her singing has been described as "a clear mountain stream."