The 2017 Tucson Musicians Museum Induction Ceremony, a Celebration of Music and Ceremony, will be held Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Tucson Convention Center North Exhibit Hall, from 6:00-8:00pm. The event includes inductions and performances from the 2017 TMM Inductees. There will also be a silent auction and TMM’s youth workshop performances.
2017 Tucson Musicians Museum
Fred Fox was born in 1914 in Brooklyn, NY and studied violin before he took up the horn. He graduated from the Juilliard School, studying with Robert Schulze, Joseph Franzl, and Bruno Jaenicke. He performed as solo French horn with the National Symphony (1931-32), Minneapolis Symphony (1934-37), and Los Angeles Philharmonic (1944-46), following Alfred Brain, as well as at Paramount and RKO studios in Hollywood. He played with the Chautauqua Symphony (1934) and toured with Xavier Cugat (1954), Stan Kenton (1956), and the Roger Wagner Chorale (1965).
Fred served on the faculties of California State University-Northridge, University of Southern California and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. He was a professor of brass instruments at California State University-Los Angeles. Fred has authored several books, including “Essentials of Brass Playing”, which is considered an important resource in brass pedagogy. He has published a book of poetry: “Kaleidoscope: The Many Facets of an Octogenarian” in 1998. Fred was honored at age 97 with the Punto Award at the 2011 International Horn Symposium in San Francisco, which is given to individuals who have made a major contribution at the regional or national level to the art of horn playing.
Charles (Chuck) and Mae Camp were founding members of the Western Music Association in 1988. Chuck served many years on the Board of Directors. The first annual WMA Convention was held in Tucson in 1989, brought entertainers Riders in the Sky, Patsy Montana, Sons of the Pioneers and Rex Allen, Sr. Chuck and Mae opened the Triple C Chuckwagon in 1971, providing music and suppers until 2003. Chuck, Mae and son Bill were known for performing a 3-part yodel. Their four children Bill, Jim, Cathy and Marie have been active in performing and teaching music. The renowned Sons of the Pioneers made Tucson their winter home, and frequently performed at the Triple C, as well as Roy Rogers and Dale Evens, Riders in the Sky, Rex Allen, Jr., Dusty Rogers and the Reinsmen.
Chuck and Mae were members of the Arizona Old Time fiddlers, and Mae continues to perform with them. Sadly, Chuck passed away in 2003. Mae is a member of the Western Music Association-Arizona Chapter and performs at monthly jam-sessions with the Cat Mountain Jamboree and at Picture Rocks Senior Center. She performed at Monterey Court with son, Bill, and on the Arizona Chapter wagon in the 2017 Tucson Rodeo parade.
Mae Camp was born January 22, 1927 in Oak Park, Ill., before moving to Colorado where she grew up loving western music. When she was young, she would sing to her horse while riding. After graduating high school, she met her future husband, Chuck Camp, at a Saturday night Square Dance, marrying him on December 27th, 1954. Chuck was a school teacher and entertainer at the “Flying W Chuckwagon Suppers”.
Chuck and Mae, along with their four children, Marie, Bill, Cathy and Jim, moved to Tucson in 1969 to establish the “Triple C Chuckwagon Suppers”. Their children also learned to sing and play guitar, entertaining along with Chuck and Mae. In 1984, “The Sons of the Pioneers”, made a guest appearance and eventually began to entertain full time. Mae and Chuck retired in 1990, with their son, Bill, taking over ownership and managing the “Triple C” until closing the doors in 2003. They had many wonderful guests, some very famous, such as Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Rex Allen, The Reinsmen, and Riders in the Sky. When Chuck passed away in 2003, Mae continued to sing her favorite western songs, playing the guitar with groups like the “Southern Arizona Old Time Fiddlers”, SCC Jam, “Picture Rocks Hummin and Strummin” and the “Tucson Estates Jamboree”. Mae and her late husband, Chuck, are charter members of “The Western Music Association” and “The Arizona Ranch Hands”.
David Slutes was born and raised in Tucson. As a working musician, promoter of local artists through his work as entertainment director of Hotel Congress or supporting the well-being of the artist community through the Southern Arizona Artists and Musicians healthcare Alliance, David has dedicated his life to the Tucson music community. David achieved success with his band the Sidewinders which produced six albums, two of which were on RCA, and one on Polygram.
His long running musical performance art comedy troupe the Zsa Zsas have appeared on national television and were offered to write and star in a Comedy Central show. He continues to perform with these and other musical projects. Through his role as the Entertainment Director of Hotel Congress, David has overseen countless performances from local and national acts, but has always understood this role as an opportunity to nurture and support the local music community. He founded one of the southwest premiere music festivals, Hocofest, as well as Sand Jam, Tucson’s Celebration for Veterans, Active Military & Families of Desert Wars.
In 2007, he founded the Southern Arizona Artist and Musicians Healthcare Alliance, whose mission is to support the regions artists, with advocacy, information and emergency funding. The Alliance has given away many thousands of dollars to artists in need over its lifetime.
Distinguished University Outreach Professor, Edward Reid, has been teaching trumpet at the UA since 1994. He is the recipient of the School of Music’s Maestro Award for student achievement and the College of Fine Arts’ Charles and Irene Putnam Excellence in Teaching Award. Ed began serving as the Director of the School in January 2015 which resulted in Alan Fox donating $20M to name the Fred Fox School of Music after his father. Another $2M gift was later realized from Sheldon Danielson, which endowed the Graduate String Quintet program and named the two rooms of the Jeffrey Haskell Recording Studio. Ed has taken students to perform in Thailand, Greece, Canada, Mexico, China and Australia. He was the first non-Chinese citizen to perform as guest soloist with The People’s Liberation Army Central Band in Beijing in 2001.
Ed was Principal Trumpet of the Tucson Symphony and was a member of that Orchestra from 1987-2010. He has performed with, among others, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the New Sousa Band and the Heidelberg (Germany) Castle Festival Orchestra.
Jeffrey Haskell and Ed hosted the 2007 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition on the UA campus. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Music and Music Education and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.
John L. Contreras (posthumous)
John L. Contreras was born in March 1914, the oldest of nine children. At an early age, he would play the harmonica, the guitar and the maracas while his family would sing and harmonize. Working for the Southern Pacific Railroad would allow John to play drums at weddings and parties. During one of these events, he met and later married Carmen Franco. At this point in his life, John learned to play the saxophone.
He joined the Tucson Musicians Union as a lifetime member, playing and singing Country, Latin and all the Standards. John began playing the clarinet during the Big Band Era. He played in a country band during many of the Rodeo Day Parades plus participated in the March of Dimes events that were held in downtown Tucson during the 40s. John had gigs at the Blue Moon and La Jolla Night Clubs, among many others. A regular customer at the prestigious La Jolla Night Club offered John a job at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base as a fireman which he accepted. At the outbreak of WWII, he trained and qualified to be an aircraft mechanic.
During his senior years, John taught himself to play the piano. The Tucson Musicians Union honored John for being the oldest living member in the late 1990s. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, John volunteered his time with the Tootsie Roll campaign for the handicapped. John passed away in April 2005 at 91 years old.
After relocating to Tucson, Arizona, LeeAnne Savage successfully toured with various musicians throughout the U.S., and counts herself lucky that her bands were not only well-loved, but also received high accolades over the last 20+ years. In 1997, LeeAnne received two prestigious Tucson Arizona Music Awards (aka TAMMIES): “Entertainer of the Year” and “Band of the Year” award.
LeeAnne shifted her focus to songwriting in 2008, incorporating unique elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues. She has released three studio albums, written and recorded jingles, and collaborated with artists and songwriters throughout Arizona, Nashville and LA. Her last studio CD featured six Hall of Fame musicians. In 2012, LeeAnne & Band received an unprecedented FIVE TAMMIES: “Songwriter of the Year”, “Female Vocalist of the Year”, “Band of the Year”, “Entertainer of the Year” and “CD Release of the Year”, bringing the total to twelve TAMMIES awards since 1995.
LeeAnne’s bands have opened for The B-52’s, Eddie Money, Clint Black, Lonestar, Belinda Carlisle, Emmylou Harris, Clay Walker, Kool and the Gang, Jefferson Starship, Three Dog Night and The Knack.
Russell Long grew up in Tucson, graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in “English Literature and Writing”. He excelled in poetry writing and studied at the Ruth Stefan Poetry Center with renowned poet Richard Shelton. Russell is from a musical family; his grandfather played guitar while his mother was a concert pianist and church organist at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
At an early age, Russell took five years of piano lessons, but when his parents bought him a ukulele, he became hooked on stringed instruments. He loved the finger style guitar work and harmonies of Peter, Paul and Mary and, when the Beatles hit the music scene, it was an easy transition from ukulele to guitar. Joining a high school band, “Rocky and His Friends,” Russell learned to play steel string acoustic guitar and gravitated towards the acoustic sounds and three and four-part harmonies of Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor and Simon and Garfunkel. In college, Russell played in a folk duet, later playing in blue grass bands. Finally, in 2009, he became a founding member of The Rillito River Band.
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