Howdy members!

As I reported to you last month, Bart Baker, Julie Morris, and I will be stepping down from our board positions this November. I hope that each of you is considering taking up one of those positions. This organization needs each of its members to take an active role, whether in a board position or not, but certainly those who are on the board are able to strongly influence its growth and success. To help you with your decision, so you know what you're getting into, here is my opinion of the duties for each of the positions. These are my perceptions based on my two years of experience.

President: Often is the first contact from persons or organizations outside of TOTFA. The president is responsible for talking to the non-TOTFA/non-fiddler community to generate interest in fiddling, setting the direction of the organization, and seeing that its business is being done. He reaches out to his board and other helpers. He should NOT have to be doing it all. He needs support from his directors who will take on assignments and other tasks.

Director: Reaches out to non-TOTFA organizations and people. Actively participates in board meetings, bringing ideas and provides their thoughts to other board members. Takes on assignments and duties as they come. Represents TOTFA and "runs" one or more fiddle contests: makes contact with the host, finds judges, checks contestants' memberships and registers new members, ensures the results and payouts are captured and that, in general, the contest is run according to TOTFA rules. Reaches out to helpers.

Secretary: Performs director's duties, plus... schedules meetings, takes meeting notes, and prepares meeting minutes. Sees that minutes are published in the Fiddler newsletter. Leads the meeting discussion or ensures that someone else will. Preserves meeting notes and minutes. Gathers and preserves contest results, judges' scoresheets, and other documents from each TOTFA contest.

Treasurer: Performs director's duties, plus... maintains the TOTFA bank account ensuring that all expenses and income are appropriately recorded. Provides income statement at board meetings and for newsletter publication. Ensures that expenses are paid and deposits are made appropriately.

Again, these are my opinions of the responsibilities for each board position. They aren't written in stone. We help each other out; if someone can't do something, then someone else steps in to fill the gap. I encourage you to actively participate in our organization. I'll say again that I'm proud of our progress over the past 2 years. I honestly believe that great things are ahead for TOTFA and I encourage you to accept a board position and be an influential part of it for the next 2 years.

John Crawford, Secretary

TOTFA Balance Sheet...

Opening TOTFA Account Balance on 05/05/2015 $3207.89
Membership Revenue (Currently Active Members) + 171.93
Advertisement Revenue +  30.00
June Newsletter Printing -$73.11 -     0.00
$200 for $225 Staples Gift Cards (Printing) -  225.00
$248.31 Remaining from previous Gift Cards -     0.00
Bank Service Fee -   24.00
Ending TOTFA Account Balance as of 05/26/2015 $3160.82

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.

To buy the 3-disc set, click the "Buy Now" button below. You may pay with a credit card or a PayPal account. Thank you for your support! And spread the word about The Devil's Box - the happy documentary!

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Oct. 10, 2015: Seguin
Oct. 17, 2015: Gilmer
Oct. 15-18, 2015: Greenville*
Oct. 24, 2015: Crockett*
Oct. 24, 2015: Red Steagall*
Nov. 7, 2015: Dallas
Nov. 14-15, 2015: Glen Rose

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