There are 3 seats open and 3 nominees for board elections. Only current FFOTM members may vote, one vote per member. Please vote for 3 seats. Votes must be received by Jan 31, 2024. There are 3 ways to vote:
- Fill out the form below
- Email your vote to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail to: FFOTM, PO Box 23366, Flagstaff, AZ 86002
Jim Glish has been on the FFOTM board since March of 2022 and a member of the organization since moving to Flagstaff in 2014. He believes that there’s something special about promoting traditional music within the community and helping to ensure that the varied outreach programs remain relevant for years to come.
His first exposure to traditional music started at an early age when he tagged along to hear his grandfather’s old-timey band at dance halls around the Midwest. Later, as a stage technician and TV director, he worked concerts and TV shows with many of top acts in the 60s folk revival and beyond. Around raising a family and pursuing careers in broadcasting and computer industries, Jim finally picked up the guitar in earnest and became an active participant at local folk festivals in Minnesota, Illinois, Florida, and here in Flagstaff where he also hosts house concerts and theatrical events. He plays guitar in several folk groups as well as mandolin with the Just Desserts contra dance band that provides music for the monthly FFOTM contra dances and has written dozens of contra dance tunes (reels, jigs, and waltzes) to round out the bands repertoire.
Jim and his wife live in Fort Valley where he also enjoys the darks skies and has become an avid astro photographer. With a telescope in one hand and a guitar in the other, he is committed to sharing his interests with other. He has enjoyed passing his families musical heritage on to his two daughters and six grandchildren and looks forward, as a FFOTM board member, to championing all types of traditional music for all one and all in the Flagstaff community.
Greg Hales musical career started in fourth grade playing trumpet. Wearing braces didn’t make it easy. In 7th grade, he transitioned to baritone horn, which proved a little easier. In 9th grade, he played bass guitar in the school stage band, rocking out on the drama department’s original musical “LUNARAMA (1972)”.
Fast forward to 2007 – Greg and family moved to Flagstaff in where he accidentally fell into the orbit of Flagstaff performing legend Tony Norris and his musical partner Bill Burke, where a love of live/local folk and traditional music was enkindled.
Fast forward again to 2023 when Greg’s officemate Julie Sullivan started a bluegrass jam class and needed an upright bass student to hold things together. Spying Greg nearby, she thrust an upright into his arms. It was love at first sight (er, sound). Greg now plays weekly with the FFOTM Wednesday bluegrass jam group and co-founded (along with Julie) a weekly Sunday jam at the Wanderlust Brewery in East Flagstaff.
Professionally, Greg is a semi-retired short-form documentary filmmaker of more than 30 years experience. He has periodically taught workshops in the digital storytelling process for individuals and organizations desiring to take the power of video into their own hands. He plans to use this experience to further help FFOTM reach its goal of preserving and promoting traditional music and sharing it with our local community in Northern Arizona and the wider world.
Greg’s current life goal is to join or start a band in 2024. He believes that, especially in a time of artificial intelligence, preserving the tradition of LIVE traditional and folk music, is more important than ever.
Julie Sullivan Brace
Julie Sullivan Brace has served on the FFOTM board as President, Vice President, Secretary and general member many times over the past 32 years. Additionally, she is Board Member Emeritus of The Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music, another non-profit organization she helped to co-found.
As a board member and co-founder of Pickin in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival, she holds a unique perspective and historic overview of the organization. She continues to serve as Festival Director for Pickin’ in the Pines, and was a festival director up until 2018. Her current purpose for being on the board at this time is to engage and inspire a younger audience to get involved with FFOTM to ensure the health and longevity of our organization for future generations.
Julie is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist since age 14. She currently plays bluegrass and folk music in several bands and loves traditionally based music in all its forms.
In addition to being a devoté of traditional music—especially bluegrass!—Julie has had a professional career as an art director and graphic designer for over 45 years. She currently works part-time at her own business, Shine Creative Industries, LLC. and has contributed her design skills to FFOTM and its programs in the past.
As a musical curator and director (her current passion), she has promoted hundreds of shows for many musicians in a variety of venues in both the Bay Area and Flagstaff. Her most recent venture is Roots & Boots Music Camp (RBMC) for adults, now in its 4th year.