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Past COTFA Workshops

COTFA Provided




Fiddle & Guitar Workshop

May 11 - 13th 2007




No nonsense ... "getting down to grit"... "learnin' how to play a Texas breakdown"... workshop! Thorough and comprehensive......Only serious fiddlers &/or guitar players  please...Space is limited!

Sponsored By - The Colorado Old Time Fiddlers' Association


Randy Elmore & Wes Westmorland lll
will be in Denver for 3 days giving an informative??and dynamic work shop!
May 4-6 , 2006
Friday evening, Saturday all day, Sunday half day

Randy Elmore

This versatile and talented musician began his professional career at age 20, traveling the United States, Spain and Germany, with country music singer Red Steagall and the Coleman County Cowboys. Randy currently is a studio musician and does freelance work performing concerts, shows, and private parties. He has recorded over 100 projects for other artists and has 5 recording projects of his own. . His sought after talent takes him all across the country performing shows solo and with his band. Randy has worked for top name artists such as Reba McIntire, George Strait, Mel Tillis, Ray Price, and Asleep At The Wheel, among many others. Randy has been given some prestigious awards recently such as "Instrumentalist of the Year" at the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso, NM, inducted into the "Western Swing Hall of Fame" in Sacramento, CA, and inducted into the "Texas Fiddlers Hall of Fame". Among Randy's accomplishments, he has won "Texas State Fiddle Champion" 6 times, "World Champion" twice, and was voted "Favorite Fiddler of the Year". He has taught at music camps in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, New Mexico, California, and Oregon with many greats as Johnny Gimble and Mark O'Connor. We rejoice that Randy is having a fiddle camp this year and know without a doubt that you will be inspired and motivated by Randy's dynamic teaching.


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Wes Westmoreland III

Wes Westmoreland was born into a family whose musical history goes back many decades. His granddad, H. D. Westmoreland Sr. , an accomplished fiddler, began teaching Wes to play at age nine. The fiddle tunes Wes had heard all his life came easy to him and he began to play in contests all over the state of Texas. At these contests he was exposed to the music of the fiddle masters of Texas. If you listen to Wes play today, you will sounds of Major Franklin, Benny Thomasson, Texas Shorty and other fiddlers that became his heroes.

During his high school years he played country dances with his Granddad. They also traveled to many contests together. At the age of 18, he won the National Junior Championship Fiddle Contest held in Weiser, Idaho. Wes attended college at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. While there he played with the Tarleton Jazz Band and won Most Valuable Player at the State competition. During his college years he also played with Red Stegall and Moe Bandy and still managed to earn a degree in Chemistry.

Wes is a two time World Champion Fiddler, a three time Texas State Champion Fiddler, and has finished in the ?? top 3 ?? his last two trips to the National Fiddle Championship in Weiser, Idaho.

Wes made the move to Branson, Missouri to play for Boxcar Willie for several years before accepting a job to play for Mel Tillis. He played for Mel for ten years. During those years he not only played the shows in Branson, they also traveled to the Grand Ol Opry in Nashville, Las Vegas, Okinawa, and all across the United States. Wes learned to coordinate an 18 piece band and played not only first, but also second, third and fourth fiddle.

Wes has a degree in pharmacy and works at the Scott & White Hospital in Waco, Texas.
Work Shops Include:

Total of 15-20 hours of Instruction PLUS??additional materials to help you continue learning for months!

  • Daily Classes : Fiddle Instruction according to level - breakdowns, swing and improvisation.  Please see Playing Level Details on registration form Nightly Jam Sessions- Structure and EtiquetteFiddle students also receive additional instruction on Back Up Guitar
  • Printed material handed out upon workshop conclusion
  • CD of Instructors playing tunes learned as well as a few to learn later!
  • Audio/Video recording welcome . You may also order video recordings additionl fee.

MINI Class - Junior Beginner Class - For students??ages 5 -10 who can play at least 5 songs (by heart) - Suzuki students Book 1 early Book 2 level.

Please contact  Denice Carter  if you are interested