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Greetings to you all, as I write to you from Arlington, MN, and the magnificent farm country west of Minneapolis-St. Paul. About the time you read this message, Mike Bryant, Don Feely and Dannielle Stark will have put the finishing touches on the September/October issue of THEATRE ORGAN, the convention issue. The journal will have the full report and lots of pictures from the WRTOS-hosted event, which was simply sensational. Because of the crunch/deadline to get all of the convention info into the journal, it might arrive a day or two later than normal, but it will be worth the wait, for sure!

Also, Mark Renwick is working with Steve Worthington and the convention artists to get the highlights CD into production just as soon as possible. More to come on that very soon.

That will be the next Chapter Conference Call, and the next opportunity to discuss items of import to you. We look forward to resuming these conference calls that generate so many good ideas and hit on so many important topics for our local chapters. I’ve been managing to keep Delta Airlines busy again. After a brief time at home following the convention, recent travels found me in Tampa meeting with Cliff Shaffer, Vince Mirandi and ATOS CPC Mike Kinerk to do some further advance work for next year’s gathering with the Central Florida Chapter. This is going to be a terrific convention. More to come on this, including long range weather forecasts to dispel the fears of heat!

We met with theatre officials, chapter officials, the Amalie Arena officials, John Fischer from Manasota, and covered a LOT of important ground in advance of next year’s convention. I did the same with a stop in Rochester, NY, our base of operations for the 2019 convention. Our friends at RTOS will play hosts, thus Russ Shaner and Paul Law were along as we met with two different hoteliers; stopped at Shea’s Buffalo and chatted with Tony Conte there; Jim Pritchard at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda (where they were filming a movie!); drove down to Elmira, NY and the Clemens Center where David Peckham showed off the SPECTACULAR Marr and Colton organ in this beautifully restored theatre; and again, we got a lot of good advance work done for 2019.

I will be headed to Southern California in early November, and this will give us a chance to visit with Mark Herman and his committee busy with planning for 2018 in the LA area. I’ve had a great visit with Lawrence and Phyllis Crawford performing on their beautiful 3/24 Wurlitzer, surrounded by the most glorious collection of music boxes imaginable. They played host to the Music Box Society International’s gathering. Even ATOS Secretary Dave Calendine was there for the first day’s program.

The Summer Youth Adventure was a great success, and our thanks to all in Chicagoland who assisted Jonas, Donna, Jelani, Martin and Chris stage another great event – the 10th such event for ATOS! Meanwhile, as you read this, Carlton Smith has prepared the Technical Experience coming up September 12th in Indianapolis.

I’m looking forward to two special events coming up. September 17 th will mark the 50th Anniversary concert of the ESTMIMM/Syracuse Wurlitzer organ at the State Fairgrounds there, and I will be honored to host their banquet event and concert celebration. The following week, I will play my 34th annual concert at the Long Center in Lafayette, IN. Gads, time indeed does fly!

Meanwhile, Chairman Richard Neidich and the ATOS Board of Directors are busy with the ongoing business of ATOS, and we will keep you abreast of important news and developments.


I will look forward to chatting with you folks then, and sending another of these missives soon.

All the best to you,

Ken Double, President/CE

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Registration EXTENDED extended to Sept. 1, 2016
ATOS Technical Experience

Hosted By
Carlton Smith Pipe Organ Restorations
September 12 - 15, 2016

Indianapolis, Indiana

ATOS is pleased to offer the 7th Annual Technical Experience for participants 18 years of age and older. This year the Technical Experience will be presented again as last year; at the working theatre organ restoration workshop of Carlton Smith Pipe Organ Restorations. There will be several subjects presented over the four days. Among this year’s topics will be relays and switching system for theatre pipe organs. The last day will consist of a field trip to the Hilbert Circle Theatre 3/24 Wurlitzer, and the Warren Performing Arts Center 3/18 Barton.

Carlton Smith, Justin Nimmo, Allen Miller and Dick Wilcox will be the primary instructors, with additional teaching assistance from special guests.
The official hotel is again the Comfort Inn, where we have a special rate of $90/day (single or double) for a king or double, which includes a continental breakfast. When making your reservations ask for group rate “ATOS.”
Registration EXTENDED extended to Sept. 1, 2016

Tuition for the experience is $385.00 per person
Space is limited to 15 persons

For more information contact Carlton Smith – (317) 697-0318 – c.smith(at)

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Seamus Gethicker performs on Spreckels Organ
Seamus Gethicker was the first place winner of the 2016 American Theatre Organ Society’s Young Theatre Organist Competition at the Cleveland convention..Through the generosity of San Diego’s civic organist, Dr. Carol Williams and the Spreckels Organ Society, Seamus performed on the Spreckels Organ at the Spreckels International Summer Organ Festival Concert on August 15th.

Watch the live video stream of Seamus Gethicker’s performance here:

Dr. Carol Williams performs concerts every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Monday evenings in summer from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. These performances can be seen live on ustream.

Seamus Gethicker
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David Peckham named Theatre Organist of the Year
David is well-known to theatre organ audiences throughout the world and has served as resident organist at the Clemens Center in Elmira, NY since its opening. Hearing theatre organ music even before he was born, he was fortunate to grow up in a home packed with a modest theatre organ and all sorts of automatic musical instruments. Like so many child prodigies, Dave began taking piano lessons at age eight, then moved to the pipe organ when he was 11. He studied liberal arts and music at the Eastman School of Music, then returned to his home in Horsehead, New York, to work at his family’s pipe organ repair shop, L.A. Peckham and Son Pipe Organ Service. He credits his parents with giving him a musical background. ’’I was going to concerts, apparently, before I was born,’’ he said.
David Peckham

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Convention 2016 Blog
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Welcome to the American Theatre Organ Society. If you are one of our thousands of members, welcome back and enjoy the new site, with more information, more music and more fun. If you are new, we hope you will take some time to discover one of the music world's unique gems - the Mighty Theatre Organ. It's been more than 100 years since Wurlitzer created its first theatre organ, and Barton, Robert-Morton, Kimball, and dozens of other companies created thousands of instruments, made to accompany silent films, and fill majestic movie palaces with glorious music. ATOS is proud to work with more than 70 local chapters across the U. S. and around the world, promoting the instrument, presenting concerts and silent films, developing young artists and technicians, providing scholarships, and most of all, having a lot of fun in the world of music.

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