Bart BakerI’m happy to report a successful fundraiser on May 25, 2014. We had a great turn out in spite of the threat of rain. Everyone got a little wet, but it didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. Thanks to everyone who came out to support TOTFA. We had some great entertainment from a lot of our kids, as well as adults. I appreciate all the parents, grandparents, and families who came out in support of the event. I also want to thank those of you who took the time to travel a considerable distance to get here and lend your support and donate money, food, and items for the auction. We did very well, raising over $1300. The TOTFA would also like to thank Valerie’s Music Studio for holding the stage and getting so many students to attend.

We have recently been in contact with a new group of people in Crockett, who have taken on the task of revamping their fiddle contest. The former organizers had lost interest in carrying on with it, and it looked like Crockett was done. It has been moved to Davy Crockett Memorial Park and is scheduled for September 6, 2014. The contest will be FREE admission. We will publish more info in the upcoming news-letters. Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make our benefit a success. Stay in tune,

Bart Baker

TOTFA Balance Sheet...

Opening TOTFA Account Balance as of 05/01/2014 $ 1872.48
Membership Revenue   +866.81
T-Shirt Sale Revenue +1486.06
TOTFA Benefit Revenue +2246.50
Subtotal $6471.85
May Newsletter Printing & Mailing - $64.30
TOTFA Benefit Cost (Food, Chairs, & Restrooms) - $896.95
T-Shirt Printing - $179.15
Ending TOTFA Account Balance as of 05/31/2014 $5331.45
Great Month with a $3458.97 Increase!

Did you know...

  • That you can now pay your TOTFA dues online? Check out our membership page.
  • That you can advertise in the TOTFA newsletter and pay online? Check out our newsletter page.
  • That TOTFA members receive the monthly newsletter by email or USPS by the 1st of each month and that the web site newsletters are posted with a month's delay?
  • That the TOTFA newsletters contain additional information about contests, birthdays, photos, teacher information, transcriptions, etc.?
  • That we would love to publish your TOTFA contest photos on this web site? Send photos to

The Devil's Box...

The Devil's Box available for purchase here!The Devil's Box is a fast paced jam-packed look at the world of contest fiddling. Every year contestants from all over the United States flock to the town of Hallettsville, Texas, to compete for the title of best Texas-style fiddler. Featuring performances from some of the greatest legends of American roots music, The Devil’s Box explores the beginnings of the art form and showcases the rising talents that will dominate the traditional music scene for years to come. The Devil’s Box is an instant classic, filled with fantastic music and great family fun. The 3-disc set includes:

Disc 1: The Devil's Box documentary, an 84-minute look at the world of contest fiddling and all of the major players involved. Bonus features include an extended history section of Texas-style, a four-minute movie of the Hallettsville Bar-BQ Cook-Off, Song Writers Serenade featurette, and an interview with the director Jason Hammond and producer Beth Jasper

Disc 2: The Devil's Box Bonus Disc features 42 complete fiddle tunes played by contestants from around the country as well as performances by Larry Franklin, Texas Shorty, and many, many more.

Disc 3 The Lost Benny Thomasson Tapes: This disc is a wonderful hour-long interview with the master himself, Benny Thomasson. Benny tells the story of Texas-style as only he knows it and plays 19 tunes like only he can. This interview from 1976 has been cleaned up and remastered and is the ideal tutorial for any fiddler who wants to hear the tunes exactly as Benny played them and learn some fascinating fiddle history along the way.

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