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Alabama Music Teachers Association
To enhance the professional development of its members
To encourage musical performance
To provide continual enrichment for music education
To promote the cause of music
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A.R.C.A. is Alabama's original organization for music collectors, founded in 1980 as a non-profit association dedicated to the memory and preservation of recorded music. Membership is available to anyone with an interest in music or music collecting. A.R.C.A. provides an opportunity for members to share their interests in music, and to assist other members in enhancing their collections and musical knowledge. Our members are a diverse group whose music interests cover a wide variety of musical styles, including rock & roll, jazz, country, big band, rhythm & blues, oldies, folk and blues. Their collections range from small to large, and from the 1920s to the 2000s. Some members collect rare and unusual recordings, but most just collect what they enjoy listening to.
Regular meetings are normally held at 2:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at the Homewood Library, located at 1721 Oxmoor Road, near Homewood Park. We meet in Room 110 in the lower level (see News page for the exact dates of meetings/activities). Please drop in and join us!
At the meetings, members share refreshments, record swapping, fellowship and various types of entertainment or programs (videos, contests, special guests, etc.)
Other A.R.C.A. activties include a fall picnic, Christmas Party and our annual Spring CD & Record Show.
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Alabama Steel Guitar Association c/o Bill Cook101 Forest Mountain Dr.Wetumpka, AL 36093
Phone numebers: Work 334-242-2789; Home 334-567-9190
ASGA was founded in late 2005. Alabama is the birthplace of numerous world class steel guitar players, and many of these artists have also been pioneers with the instrument, the technological advancements and the music we've all listened to over the years. Our purpose is to promote the instrument, its players, the music, and the great technicians. Being proud to promote and sponsor the "Alabama Steel Guitar Hall of Fame". Our first induction ceremony was held on February 26, 2006 at our inaugural show.
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Alabama Roots Music Society
What Is It?
Alabama Roots Music Society or ARMS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was formed to bring diverse musical genres into the central Alabama area. The current board of directors have been intimately involved in putting on musical events and have developed a network with other interested parties such that ARMS will be able to attract talent and sponsorship. By not limiting the organization to certain types of music, ARMS should be able to appeal to a wide range of people and performers. Knowing that Alabama has a rich musical history, ARMS wants to expose people of the area to live music of current Alabama artists and artists from across the country who have been influenced by those past Alabama icons.
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Alabama Symphony Orchestra
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra can trace its beginnings to 1921, when on Friday, April 29, fifty-two volunteer musicians came together to perform at the Birmingham Music Festival at the Old Jefferson Theater. It was not until 1933, however, that the orchestra gave its first "formal" concert. The Birmingham Music Club presented the orchestra in concert, under the direction of Dorsey Whittington, at Phillips High School.
On October 23, 1933, the Birmingham Symphony Association was officially formed and J.J. Steiner was installed as president. With a budget of $7,000, four concerts were planned for its first season. By the 1935-36 season the orchestra had as many as eighty players, and a budget of $410,000. A full rehearsal cost $100 and guest artists' fees were low by today's standards- the renowned composer-pianist, Percy Grainger, was paid $350 for his appearance with the orchestra in October 1939.