The Founding of the SCVFA
The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association was started by Bill Wein, a
fiddler from Vermont. Bill came out to California when he got a job at
General Electric in San Jose in 1973. At that time he placed an ad in the
San Jose Mercury News to contact others who also had an interest in fiddling
and traditional music.
The five original members were Bill Wein, Guy Jones,
Joe de Puis, Ed Pagter, and Jack Sadler (who
is still an active member as of 2018). With this core group, the Santa Clara Valley
Fiddlers Association was formed in early 1973. The group
conducted monthly jam sessions at various locations for the first
year. By early 1974 John Muir Middle School, in San Jose, was
secured for the monthly jamboree.
In 1975, the Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association was incorporated
as a non-profit organization in the State of California. In 1976,
founding members Ed Pagter and Jack Sadler were part of a group
who formed a related organization: the
California Bluegrass Association.
The SCVFA Today
The SCVFA holds a Jamboree
on the first Sunday afternoon of each month.
We now meet at or near Hoover Middle School, off Naglee Ave. at Park Ave. in San Jose.
The SCVFA is managed by a board of 6 elected trustees and an appointed
president-trustee, and has several appointed officers and other positions.
See the Board page for
Updated 6/9/18 PSS