Pierce County

WOTFA District 8

A classic meeting point for Old Time Music lovers!


Hello fellow musicians!

 Welcome to District 8.  We host a monthly meeting on the 3rd Sunday 2:00 PM at the Mid County Community Center in Tacoma.  No Meetings May-Aug.  This is a good place to meet some new people and see if you’re ready to play some old tunes with us.
It’s easy to find!  10205 44th Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98446.  Behind the school 
Contact: Barbara Peterson 253-926-8457 

Doors open at 2:00 for a short business meeting at 2PM.  After that there is a longer open circle jam.  Finger foods are welcome.  Don’t forget that the Old Time Music isn’t just for fiddles.  All acoustic instruments that play Old Time music are welcome.   

Please join us!  Bring a friend!

Reasons to join WOTFA:

  • Meet many people who love to play music together
  • Learn new tunes
  • Improve your skills
  • Discover many available resources
  • Find out what’s happening state wide
  • Your dues support our ongoing activities, camps, shows, lessons, contests, web page, newsletter
  • Support this genre of American music
  • You don’t have to be a musician to support this American art form
  • The price is reasonable too!  Click on WOTFA HOME above then Membership.





If you are interested in playing with the District 8 Dance Band, we meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays 5:30-7:30PM at the Mid County Community Center above.  We will play contradance, square dance, and swing style music.  It’s a good time to urge your playing to another level, plus it’s fun!  The more the merrier!  
We have played at the NW Folklife Festival, Wilkeson Days, the Ballard Norwegian Independence Day Parade, as well as the local square dances.  Again, this is open to all acoustic stringed instruments.

There are several ongoing contra dances throughout Puget Sound.  Contra dance is a folk dance made up of long lines of couples.  The dance is led by a caller who teaches the steps in the dance before the music starts.  Early evening dances are usually the easier forms.  For more information, click on the links below. 




Has it been too long since you played your violin?  Never jammed before?  Not sure if you’re ready?  Need a coach, some lessons?  Come and play with us in a “slower jam” tailored to help you rekindle your skills in a fun way.  Still not sure?  Contact: Barbara 253-926-8457

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

— Albert Einstein



Basically, this is North American folk music (excluding Native American) dating from the colonial period through the 1800s and even to the early 1900s, prior to the wide spread availability of radio music.  In most communities, folks played their own music with input from their British, Scottish, Irish, European, African heritage.  Music was played on acoustic stringed instruments (mostly fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass) for dances, clogging, singing, and evening get-togethers after a hard day’s work.  Various styles are now associated with rural areas such as Appalachia, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Missouri, Texas, and Tennessee to name just a few, and “old timey” music may often be referred to as “mountain music.” Pioneers brought this music to the northwest as they migrated via the Oregon Trail.  Our musicians do play other genres of music too.  If it’s fun, we’ll play it!

Music of the Old Time Fiddlers of District 8

                     Featuring Musicians from District 8  1992
                                             Andy Anderson
                                             Marilyn Becker
                                             Zella Chase
                                             Harbetta Chihuly
                                             Frank Christoph
                                             Shelly Frankel
                                             Carrol Gaskins
                                             Marilyn Scott
                                             Tom Stone
                                             Lynn Wehmeyer

This publication is one example of ordinary people gathering to enjoy playing old-time music together.  These were our friends.  Cassette tapes were produced by Terry Shaw in 1992, and re-engineered for CD in 2011.

Old-Time Music stems from the American colonial period through the early 1900s.  From Scotland, Ireland, Europe, and Africa came dances such as reels, squares, waltzes, clogs, hornpipes and jigs, plus folk songs, aires, and ballads.  These traditional North American tunes are alive today in festivals, workshops, community organizations, shows, private homes, and through various recording efforts, including the Library of Congress, to preserve this history.

This publication is intended for practice purposes only, and it is hoped that future musicians will appreciate this effort to share some of our past.  
If you believe copyright laws have been violated,  please contact Noel Thomas at Noelula@aol.com

Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association