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 2013

President - Barbara Gay
Vice President - Dan Levenson
Secretary/Treasurer - Dorothy Barstad

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:

38th Annual Worthen Memorial Fiddle Contest

January 11 and 12, 2014 !!!

Sponsored by Mary Katherine Boyte, P.C. Attorneys at Law

Arrival starting Tuesday January 7

Aarun Carter Fiddle Workshop Friday afternoon 2-4 (small fee)
Workshop Info poster

Weekend officially begins with Open Stage Friday January 10 (sign up at the door)
There will also be an open stage 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 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

Jam Performance - a round robin of our fiddlers and friends

Main Branch
Yuma Public Library
2951 S. 21st Drive

Third Tuesdays

3-5 pm

Jam workshop - we learn a tune or two and play together "jam session" style. More on What's a Jam Workshop?
Yuma Library - Foothills
13226 E. Frontage Rd.
Foothills Rd. Exit off I-8

Fourth Tuesdays

10:30 - 11:30 am

Jam Performance - a round robin of our fiddlers and friends

Senior Nutritional Center
160 E. 1st Street

November 1-3 Fiddler's Jamboree - SALOME, AZ - Salome Lions Club Lots of jamming, games, food, and more jamming.
Dry RV Parking with donation

Salome Lion's Club
for more info
or email:

January 8-12 Worthen Memorial Fiddle Contest More info
January 21 - February 2 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

October 23, 2013

It's fall but still hot!

Fall has come and the flowers are still blooming but the winds of below 90 degree days are upon us. Many of us are back though we are still below "full strenght" for now. We look forward to all of our winter friends getting here soon and seeing our ranks swell at each event. As you can see from our schedule of upcoming performances, we have simplified our calendar so it shoudl be a bit easier to find us. Contest prep is also in full swing so we are getting the details up more each day.

I have had busy summer and fall touring season and do to some changes in my personal situation, may be out more this year than in previous years. I'm finishing up two books for Mel Bay through the end of the year and will be in Yuma full time for at least that time and through the contest week in January but it remains to be seen what the late winter will bring. See my full schedule at my website Perhaps I'll get to play some with you on the road!

Remember too, that elections are now open for our 2014 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.

Play Nice!

Dan Levenson - VP

Regular (recurring) Monthly dates

The Foothills Library Jam Performance
Every First 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

Fiddlers' Jam Workshop 3-5 pm every Third Tuesday
at the
Foothills Branch of the Yuma Library
13226 E. South Frontage Road
Please note this is a jam and workshop not a performance.
Acoustic stringed instruments only. All levels welcome.
No drums, keyboard, percussion or electric instruments please.
More details on "What's a Jam Workshop" here!

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 2-4 from through April 2014
at the
Catalina Apartments
3000 Catalina Drive

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

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This site last updated and © October 31, 2013 by Dan Levenson Old Time Music