Arizona Old Time Fiddlers' Association
Yuma's Territorial Chapter

Southwest Arizona's Original Old Time Fiddlers' association and the only one dedicated to the preservation and promotion of
Old Time Fiddling in accordance with the objectives of the
State and National Old Time Fiddlers' associations.

The Arizona Old Time Fiddlers Association is a non-profit organization whose objective is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the art of old time fiddling, to encourage all people, young and old, to develop their musical talents and afford them opportunities to perform in public, to hold jam sessions and other musical events, for the members own enjoyment and to educate the public on the values of old time fiddling. And to brighten and improve the lives of "shut-ins" and other needy people, by furnishing musical entertainment and performing other charitable, civic and community services.

Our History: Yuma's Territorial chapter of The Arizona Old Time Fiddlers' Association was started in 1999. The original members included Dennis Russell, Forrest Wolgamot, Jim Whitesell, Frank Pennock, Gene Cox, Delwin Anderson, Fuey Herring, Bertie Elliot Bob "Red Eagle" Colvin and Ben Lawler. They started it in order to encourage folks to take up the fiddle and so they would be able to find other folks interested in playing together and preserving this wonderful fiddle style. It wasn't long before they were playing and known all around town at public and private events. The chapter has in the past been the home of several great old time fiddlers of both younger and advanced age, but none the less advanced skills and some of the best young fiddlers in the region.

Please join us for our jams and feel free to contact us if you are interested in hiring us, playing with us or just finding out more about Old Time Fiddling!

For more information please contact Dan Levenson
Please put YumaOTF in the subject line.

Join the Arizona Old Time Fiddlers' Association!
Download a membership form

Officers for 2014

President - Dennis Russell
Vice President - Val Andreason
Secretary/Treasurer -

Yuma's Old Time Fiddlers play at Lettuce Days 2013

Arizona Old Time Fiddlers' Association
Yuma's Territorial Chapter and
The Yuma Jaycees present the:

39th Annual Worthen Memorial Fiddle Contest

January 9 — 11, 2015 !!!

Arrival starting Tuesday January 6

Friday Jan. 9 - Workshops Friday afternoon - Fiddle with Aarun Carter, Guitar with Jonathan Trawick (small fee)

Weekend officially begins with Open Stage Jam Friday January 9 (Sign up at the door)
There will also be an open stage jam, Saturday evening
Public welcome!

Saturday and Sunday January 10 & 11 - Contests Starts with Jr. Jr. division at 10AM and continues through Sunday!

Location: Yuma Jaycees Clubhouse; 2577 E. County 14th St; Yuma, AZ

Judges this year are John Kennedy, Aarun Carter and Linda Everts

With guest designated guitar player Jonathan Trawick

Workshop Info poster

Weekend officially begins with Open Stage Jam Friday January 9 (sign up at the door)
There will also be an open stage jam Saturday evening

All events to be held at the Yuma Jaycees Clubhouse; 2577 E. County 14th St; Yuma, AZ

Small admission fee each day



Upcoming Public Performances and Jams

First and Third Tuesdays

3-5 pm

Jam performance - a round robin of our fiddlers and friends
Yuma Library - Foothills
13226 E. Frontage Rd.
Foothills Rd. Exit off I-8

Second Tuesdays

3-5 pm

Starting Dec. 9

Jam Performance - a round robin of our fiddlers and friends

Main Branch
Yuma Public Library
2951 S. 21st Drive

Fourth Tuesdays

10:30 - 11:30 am

Jam Performance - a round robin of our fiddlers and friends

Senior Nutritional Center
160 E. 1st Street

November16, 2014 Jam Performance - a round robin of our fiddlers and friend

Lynda Vista RV Park
2900 W 5th Street

January 9 - 11, 2015 Worthen Memorial Fiddle Contest More info
February 5-8, 2015 Ajo Old Time Fiddlers Contest - Thursday Night Show - Friday & Saturday Night Dance - Saturday & Sunday Contest beginning at 10:30 AM - Dry RV Parking for a fee - Restaurant & Bar AJO, AZ
Ajo Country Club
77 Mead Drive
email Greg Burton:
or call Linda at

November 6, 2014

Ramping up!

Well, with many of yall back to play for the winter our season is really starting to ramp up. We are still in the throws of getting the schedule finalized but you can see it is pretty well set much like last year. Word is we are trying to get back into an old play location ans we'll post it as soon as the info is firm. As always it is best to give a call to Dennis if you have any questions.

Salome Fiddlers Jamboree is this weekend and we hope to head over today. Come on up for our annual membership meeting and elections and see what might be in store for you this year and hey, sit on down and play some tunes with us. My next concert comes up in early January up in Phoenix but still plenty to do till then. Teaching in person and by skype, writing and working on our new place. See my full schedule at my website

Remember too, that elections are coming up for our 2015 officers so let us know who you want to "run the show" and we'll get them on the ballot. Include their contact information so we can double check with them to make sure THEY want to take the office when nominated.

So, check out our schedule below. The dates listed so far are for last season but it will give you an idea of where and when the chapter plays. I'll get the updated dates posted as soon as we have confirmation of this years gigs.

We are still looking for a new place to hold our Fiddle Jam Workshops and I am looking into starting one in Tucson as well. What is a Fiddle Jam Workhsop? See more about that here and let me know if you are interested in hosting this event.

Don't forget to check out the contest info too. The rules have been highly updated this year so make sure to read them closely.

Play Nice!

Dan Levenson - Webguy and Contest Chair

Regular (recurring) Monthly dates

The Foothills Library Jam Performance
Every First AND Third Tuesday 3-5 from October through April 2014
at the
Foothills Branch of the Yuma Public Library
13226 E. South Frontage Road

The MAIN Library Jam Performance
Every Second Tuesday 3-5 from September through April 2014
at the
Main Branch of the Yuma Public Library
2951 S. 21st Drive

Jam Performance
Every Fourth Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 AM through May
at the Senior Nutritional Center
160 E. 1st St.

Jam Performance at Catallina Square begins September 30, 2012
Usually the Last Sunday each month from 2-4
at the
Catalina Apartments
3000 Catalina Drive

Acoustic stringed instruments only --- Guests always welcome but
please consider joining our organization.

Hotel link for Yuma


This site last updated and all images© November 13, 2014 by Dan Levenson Old Time Music