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Al Brundage 
 Square Dance Caller
 
ID: 29

Al Brundage  

Alfred Griswold Brundage, 96, a nationally recognized square dance caller of Miami and formerly of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Connecticut, died Aug. 30, 2016 in Miami of natural causes.

Brundage, the partner of Norma Peak of Miami since 1997, was predeceased by Beatrice Miles Brundage, his wife of 31 years, and his grandson, Frederick Griswold Schalich. He is survived by two children, Barry Wolcott Brundage of London, and Mary Lou Brundage Schalich of Monroe, Conn.; three stepchildren, William F. Miles of Annapolis, Md., Barbara Brooks of Rockport, Maine, and Patricia Silvia of Milford, Conn.; a brother, Robert M. Brundage of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Born Nov. 4, 1919 in Hartford, Conn., Brundage was the son of the late Harold A. and Mable Gene Griswold Brundage. He grew up in Danbury, Conn., and graduated from Danbury High School and the University of Maine, where he studied agriculture. However, it was Brundage's boyhood fascination with square dancing, discovered peeking into the windows at Danbury's now-defunct Hawthorne's Tavern, which would direct his career path.

In 1933 Brundage, his mother, brother and several neighbors formed the 4H Club's first-ever music club, the King Street Pioneers, that helped introduce square dance music to the region. Brundage initially played trumpet for the band before filling in for the group's outgoing square dance caller using a megaphone to project his voice and discovering his life's passion.

As square dancing grew in popularity, Brundage and the King Street Pioneers went from passing the hat after dances in a former chicken coop to becoming a sought-after attraction for local community groups and churches.

In the 1930s, Brundage began teaching square dancing at state 4H conferences in Stores College, Conn., now the University of Connecticut. He opened his first dance barn, The Country Barn, in 1948 in Stepney, Conn., where he taught his first caller school, also one of the first in the Northeastern United States.

Brundage received broad recognition for his contributions to square dancing. He was a sought-after attraction among community groups and churches, and a regular featured performer at the Danbury State Fair. He was admitted to the National Square Dance Hall of Fame in 1975 and in 1993, to the New England Square Dancing Hall of Fame. In addition, the Square Dance Foundation of New England presented him its highest award for distinguished service, the Yankee Clipper Award, in 2003.

In addition to calling square dances and teaching callers in Connecticut, and after 1978, in Florida, Brundage established a strong dance tourism program. Over the course of 50 years, he and his late wife led thousands of dancers to sightseeing and dance exchanges in 35 countries. Among Brundage's career highlights were the opportunities to call square dances on the Great Wall of China, at the Taj Mahal in India, and on the grounds of the Parthenon in Greece, the Pyramids in Egypt and at Nairobi National Park in Kenya.

As he shared his love of square dancing and travel, Brundage developed deep, lasting friendships around the world. He lived his life based on a creed he called the "3 Cs," striving never to complain, criticize or condemn.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Al's memory be made to the Square Dance Foundation of New England, c/o Sheila Moody, 72 Beachwood Terrace, Wells, ME 04090-4003

In the late 1940s square dance music became available on 78RPM records. Al has recorded traditional tunes and figures on the Kismet and Folk Dance House labels as well as on his own label, Alamar. He has recorded modern choreography on most of the major record labels including Windsor, MacGregor, Red Boot and TNT.


SIO Article: How many callers today are able to call with equal ability the latest singing call or patter call combination and then turn around and deliver with a nostalgic flavor, dances reminiscent of the late 1930's and 40's? Al Brundage is one of those whose experience has successfully bridged the period from the traditional square dance era, before microphones and recorded accompaniment, to the contemporary phase. Today Al is one of the most sought after callers for festivals, conventions, and dance vacations. Much of his year is spent in home club activities and endless time is devoted to callers clinics in the developing of new calling and teaching talent. Working with his wife Bea, he has developed an energetic program of tours for square dancers. One can easily see that of the few professional callers devoting full-time to the calling occupation, the Brundages are indeed among the very successful. Because of his encouragement to new callers, his pioneering in the field of recorded calling, (having created and recorded on half a dozen labels), because of his adherence to the fine principles of this activity, we take pride this month in saluting Al Brundage as our Cover Caller and add his Gene Anthony portrait to our Sets in Order American Square Dance Society Hall of Fame.

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Recordings by Al Brundage:
TNT    Red Boot    Blue Star    Windsor    MacGregor   
 
Ain't She Sweet  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, TNT 151
 
Ann  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1847
 
Baby Face  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, TNT 200
 
Baby Face  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Windsor 4877
 
Bells On My Heart  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, TNT 160
 
Don't Bother  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1844
 
Flair To Paree  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 2108
 
Hecksapoppin'  Singing Call, Windsor 4694
 
Hertz Rent A Chick  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1853
 
Hey, Baby You're Looking For Me  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, TNT 146
 
Honkey Tonk Square  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1884
 
Hoop De Doo  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, TNT 233
 
I Can't Give You Anything But Love  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1897
 
I Can't Help It If I'm Still In Love With You  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Red Boot 182
 
I Never Know  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Windsor 4851
 
I Want A Girl  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, TNT 153
 
I Want A Girl (Just Like The Girl)  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, TNT 253
 
It Takes People Like You  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1864
 
It's Been Too Long  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Windsor 4860
 
Last Night At The Square Dance  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Windsor 4802
 
Leaning  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Windsor 4868
 
Little Arrows  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Blue Star 1842
 
Little Darlin' / The Best Things In Life Are Free  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), Windsor 4177
 
Little Darlin' / The Best Things In Life Are Free  Singing Call (two vocals), Windsor 4477
 
Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Windsor 4844
 
Little Red Sports Car  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Windsor 4896
 
Mama Don't Allow It  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Windsor 4826
 
Nevertheless  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 2110
 
Nice And Gentle  (sample clip)  Patter, TNT 147
 
Penn Polka  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Windsor 4836
 
Put A Ring On Her Finger / The Ladies  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), Windsor 4170
 
Puttin' On The Style / Blue Eyes  (cue sheet)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), Windsor 7163
 
Row Row Row  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, TNT 188
 
Santa's Medley  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, TNT 210
 
Scott's Hoe Down  (sample clip)  Patter, TNT 162
 
She's Your Girl  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Windsor 4832
 
Show Boat  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 2094
 
Square Dance Sweetheart / Oh, You Beautiful Doll  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), Windsor 4181
 
Square Dance Sweetheart / Oh, You Beautiful Doll  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call (two vocals), Windsor 4481
 
Star & Promenade Contra  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Contra, TNT 201
 
Sugar Blues  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, TNT 152
 
The Happiness Of Having You  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Red Boot 201
 
TNT Special  (sample clip)  Patter, TNT 134
 
Trail Of The Lonesome Pine  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, TNT 239
 
Wedding Bells  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, TNT 164
 
What Have They Done To My Song  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, TNT 132
 
You Wore A Tulip  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, TNT 137
 
You're The Boss  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Windsor 4827

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