The Dixie Strummers
Doug Back-4-string plectrum banjo, Walter Golsan-guitar, Mike Mason-tuba
Playing a repertoire of Dixieland standards, Tin Pan Alley favorites, Ragtime, Traditional jazz and arrangements of Broadway and Show tunes, The Dixie Strummers bring the music of the teens and Roaring 20's back to life. Featuring the most popular instrument of the early jazz age, the four-string banjo, along with strong support from guitar and tuba, The Dixie Strummers combine song and instrumental showmanship to entertain and delight audiences of all ages.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Doug holds bachelor and masters degrees in classical guitar performance from the University of Missouri and The Florida State University. He took up the 4-string plectrum banjo in 2001 when he received an instrument on his doorstep from a well wishing acquaintance. A subsequent intrigue and discovery of the solo banjo playing of past banjo greats such as Eddie Peabody and Perry Bechtel has found Doug devoting the last few years to also mastering the plectrum banjo. Doug formed The Dixie Strummers in 2004 and serves as the group's spokesperson, banjoist and lead singer. (See link to About Doug Back)
Born in Prattville, Alabama on February 8, 1931, Walter E. Golsan began playing the guitar at age thirteen. After a four year stint in the U.S. Navy, including a tour in the Korean theater where he was awarded the Navy Air Medal, Walter worked for the US Postal Service in Wetumpka, Alabama where he spent the last eleven years of his career as Postmaster. Although largely self-taught, Walter's plectrum styled playing on the guitar is evocative of many of the noted jazz and country guitarists of yesteryear. He has performed with numerous bands and ensembles throughout his career with highlights that include a long association with guitarist George Barber and trumpeter Fred Mann of Prattville. He has also played for many years with Reflections of Montgomery. Noticing a demand for guitar teachers during the 1970s, Walter opened Walt's Guitar Studio in Prattville, Alabama where he taught many of the area's residents how to play. Today, Walter keeps active performing around the region with The Dixie Strummers, with the trio, Two Mandolins and Guitar, and with various other musicians who frequently call upon his talents. In addition, along with Doug Back he serves on the membership committee of the Fretted Instrument Guild of America (FIGA)
Mike Mason is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He received his musical training at the University of Alabama with James Jenkins, current principal tubist of the Jacksonville, Florida Symphony. Mike also attended Brevard Music Center in North Carolina for two summers where he studied with Matt Good, current principal tubist of the Dallas Symphony. Mike is the first call freelance tubist in central Alabama and has performed with the Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and Pensacola Symphonies. He is currently the principal tubist of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition to being a member of the The Dixie Strummers, Mike is also a founding member of Magnolia Brass, an exciting quintet made up of the finest brass players in central Alabama. Mike is a school representative for Art's Music Shop, helping band programs achieve their goals throughout south Alabama. He lives in Alexander City where his wife Heather is a successful middle school band director.
The Dixie Strummers always receive standing ovations, rave comments, and smiles all around. Our motto: A Banjo, Guitar and Tuba a day are guaranteed to keep the doctor, psychologist, and druggist away!
Your Program was a hit, and I'm getting comments everyday about the 'great program we had.' Please express my thanks to all of the guys for coming" Ed Bowman-Minister of Education-Eastmont Baptist Church-Montgomery, AL
On behalf of the Montgomery Music Study Club, I want to say 'Thanks!' again! I can truly say a wonderful time was had by all.
Ginny Saltzman-Montgomery Music Study Club.
For further information contact Doug at [email protected] or contact Mike Mason at 334-313-2373