Instructors

Dale Morris

Dale was born in Sanger, Texas and grew up in a musical environment developing an interest in music at a very early age. He started on piano and later began playing the guitar and fiddle. When Dale was a young man the legendary Texas fiddler Sleepy Johnson invited him to a "jam session". But this was no ordinary jam session! Dale had never heard such great musicians! Not only was his hero, the legendary Texas Shorty in attendance, so were Texas fiddling greats Norman and Vernon Solomon, Benny Thomasson, Major Franklin, Orville Burns, Dick Barrett, Louis Franklin, Garland Gainer, and Claude Henson. While many current fiddlers know of the past legends via tape or other media, Dale is very fortunate to have personally known and played with them.

Dale won his first fiddle contest in 1967 and became an avid participant in contests across Texas. He went on to become a four time Texas State Champion, and over the years won several other prestigious contests, including the World’s Championship, in Crockett, Texas, The Super Bowl of Fiddling, the Colorado State Championship, and The Western Open Old Time Championship. He also had the extreme honor of serving as a judge in many of our nation’s most prestigious fiddle contests.

Dale’s love for music is not limited to contest fiddling. He has worked with Wynn Stewart, Sammi Smith, Johnny Rodriquez, Carl Smith, Leon Rausch and Red Stegall. In 1975 Dale moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and became a member of Stonewall Jackson’s "Minutemen". Since then Dale has been a member of The Marty Robbins’ band, Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. In 1981 Dale was named the 17th member of the legendary "Sons of The Pioneers" (the group founded by Roy Rogers in the early 1930’s).

Dale became a full-time music teacher in the early 1990s. At present, he and his wife Tobi own and operate a thriving teaching studio in Boyd, Texas. They currently have a clientele of students of all ages, of whom they are very proud.

Phone: 940-433-5741
http://www.texasfiddlemusic.com/
dtmorris@embarqmail.com
dale@texasjaamcamp.com