Square Dance Caller & Teacher
Bob Brundage has been involved in square dancing from the time he started playing drums in a square dance orchestra organized by his mother in the early 1930’s.
Bob started calling in 1935. Throughout his career he has been dedicated to the square dance activity at the local, regional and national level. He is one of the few callers who have remained active in leadership in the traditional aspect of our dance as well as in our modern activity.
Bob helped organize the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Square Dance Caller Associations.
He has participated as a featured caller and staff member at festivals, conventions, caller clinics and seminars nationwide. Bob recorded on the Folkcraft and MacGregor Square Dance Record Labels and appeared on National Television on the Arthur Godfrey and Friends Show in 1960. He also conducted Round Dance Classes and taught Square Dancing in the Danbury, Connecticut schools for many years.
Shortly after moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bob volunteered his services to the Lloyd Shaw Foundation. He took over the task of cataloging the many periodicals and records that had been donated to the Foundation. To fill a void in the documentation of our square dance history, Bob started a project that has been ongoing for several years. He has traveled all over the country interviewing members of the Sets in Order Societies Hall of Fame, recipients of the CALLERLAB Milestone Award, the Silver Spur and Golden Halo as well as national and regional leaders in thirty-six states and leaders from Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand. We should also add that this is a strictly voluntary project that except for the hospitality tendered by dancers and leaders has been done at his own expense with no thought of monetary reward.
Bob is a graduate of the University of Maine with a Masters Degree in Recreation. During World War II he was a fighter pilot, flying P-47’s on countless missions in support of ground troops.
Bob Brundage with his friendly easy going manner is a strong advocate for square dancing, devoting his time and ability for the promotion, preservation and betterment of our activity.
The New England Square & Round Dance Cooperation Committee, acting on behalf of the Square and Round Dancers of New England is proud to present the Yankee Clipper Award to Bob Brundage.
GIVEN AT STURBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS APRIL 27, 2002