Ozark Steel Guitar Association - History

The OzarkSGA was formed in 1993, by Dave Musgrave, Tom Brumley, Roger Blevins and Terry Bethel. All four are full time Steel Guitar Players with various backgrounds, but with one thing in common, they all love the steel guitar. All four have worked for Major artists, recorded with them, and traveled with them. Tom Brumley is a member of the International Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame. Roger Blevins has been a mainstay at the Baldknobbers Show in Branson, Mo for over 30 years. Dave Musgrave has traveled extensively and was a member of The Cherokee Cowboys, Ray Price’s fabulous band. Terry Bethel was with Ferlin Husky, Loretta Lynn, and has spent over 25 years with the one and only M-M-M Mel Tillis. In 1993, they decided to form a steel guitar club for the purpose of helping the beginner to the professional player become better players.

The OzarkSGA publishes 4 newsletters a year that include articles about the Steel Guitar, equipment evaluations, tab by Buddy Emmons, Don E. Curtis, Scotty, Terry Bethel, Russ Wever and our members' tab with licks that work for them that they want to pass along to the other members. We sponsor a Steel Guitar Jam, the last Sunday in July with various Steel Guitar Legends. Some legends who have played the Jam are Hal Rugg, John Hughey, Herby Wallace, Doug Jernigan, Ralph Mooney, Don Helms, Tom Brumley, Scotty, Joe Wright and Larry Sasser. We also have the top steel players in the Branson Shows and the surrounding area shows, and there are some great ones here.

                               copied from: ©2009 Ozark Steel Guitar Association Website

Current Officers
VICE PRESIDENT: Charlie Steichen
Charlie moved to the Branson area from Oklahoma around 1990. He owned a salvage/auto repair shop for about 25 years. He and his wife, Rosemary, have a combined family of four children and 4 grandchildren. If you have wondered how he got involved with OzSGA, he used to play rhythm guitar but always wanted to play the steel. However, living in a farming community in Oklahoma, there weren't many steel teachers around. After moving to Branson West, he bought a Zum Stage1 and starting taking lessons from Dean Holman. He only plays for his enjoyment. He started going to steel guitar jams and was asked in 1999 to run for Vice President.
PRESIDENT: Terry Bethel
An original "Statesider", Terry has performed for over 35 years, both on the road and in Mel's theater show in Branson, Missouri. His contributions to the music industry are not limited to, but include session recordings (on the majority of Mel's number one hits), and backing up other well-known artists. Terry has consistently supported the steel  guitar industry by founding the Ozark Steel Guitar Association, which hosts an annual steel guitar jam in July. Terry has utilized his expertise to expose and enhance the steel guitar and his colleagues as an Internet DJ on SteelRadio.com. In a whirlwind industry, Terry Bethel has survived 58 years with an impeccable reputation, as an innovator of style, and a leader of perfection. He has dedicated his life to music as one of the foremost steel guitarist.

SECRETARY:Venda Hanley
TREASURER/CHAPLAIN: Jeremiah(Jerry) Hanley
Jerry and Venda have been married for almost 60 years and have been in the work of the Lord all these years. Jerry was a pastor in their early years of marriage, and the past 35+ years they have traveled  from coast to coast conducting revival meetings. Music was a big part of their ministry. Before Jerry would preach each service, their family would present a 20 or 25 minute musical program. Their four children traveled with them. They were home schooled and all participated  in the music. They lived and traveled by bus for 26 years, and even though some people thought it would be a difficult life to travel constantly, they LOVED it and counted it a privilege to lift up the name of Jesus wherever they went. "The steel guitar has always been a big part of our musical ministry and now we are honored to be a part of this great steel guitar family!".

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