Grand Master Fiddler Championship
Grand Master Fiddler Championship

Welcome to the Grand Master Fiddler Championship!








The GMFC is sad to report of the death of former GMFC Top Ten Winner and GMFC Judge Wade Stockton, who lost his life in a tragic automobile accident on July 19 near Victoria, TX.  We send our deepest condolences to his wife Melinda Stockton, his children Cody Stockton, Randi Stockton, and Brandon Kowalik, and his parents Marshall & Mary Stockton.


Visitation:  Saturday, July 25, 2015,11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Church, 4802 John Stockbauer Drive, Victoria, Texas 77904


Funeral Service: Saturday, July 25, 2015, 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Church, 4802 John Stockbauer Drive, Victoria, Texas 77904


Graveside Service: Immediately following church service.
Memory Gardens Cemetery. 8919 US HWY 87 N (Cuero HWY)., Victoria, Texas 77905


Celebration of Wade’s Life:
D & E Ranch Party Barn, 783 Old Refugio Road, Victoria, Texas 77905




The Forty-fourth Annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship will be held on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Ford Theater. 


The contest hotel for this year's competition is the Baymont Inn and Suites, e event.  Please keep checking this websitte for news.


The Grand Master Fiddler Championship Inc. is organized as a Tennessee nonprofit and U.S. IRS 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, formed to educate about and perpetuate fiddling as an art form and cultural treasure. The corporation's primary focus is holding the annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship competition - an event that has started many young musicians on their way to a career in music. As a 501(c)(3) entity, all donations are tax deductible, and we welcome your support to promote and educate about fiddling. Fund-raising efforts are being planned in order to expand the competition, enhance our educational efforts, and to further the awareness of fiddling around the globe.


It is a well-known fact that fiddling laid the foundation of the WSM Grand Ole Opry and reamins important to country and bluegrass music today. For a quarter-century, the contest was sponsored by WSM, the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Association and later by Gaylord Entertainment.  When financially able, the GMFC makes donations to such charities as the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund and Bluegrass Trust Fund, which benefit musicians in need.  We do this in honor of the contributions of the pioneers to country, bluegrass and traditional music.   Many of these pioneers such as Roy Acuff, Porter Wagoner, "Uncle Jimmy" Thompson, Bill Monroe, Howdy Forrester and Tommy Jackson played the fiddle or were very involved with fiddling.


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