Picking & Fiddling Judges
Brad Hawkins has been involved in fiddling for over 28 years. He has won contests in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas. He has won the Adult Division here at the Grove contest. He has placed consistently in the Tulsa State Fair Contest. He won the Intermediate Division at the World Series of Fiddling. He is currently instructing 7 fiddle students and 3 guitar students. He has recently organized contests in Oklahoma. When not fiddling he is a science teacher and a Pastor of a local church. Brad’s favorite fiddle influences are fiddlers such as Terry Morris, Ricky Turpin, Wes Wesmoreland, and Rudi Booher. Brad is thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ for giving him the gift of music and the joy that it brings to the heart of both the musician and the listener alike.
Rick Morton is a Tulsa fiddle icon. He has recorded with the Tractors, a Grammy-nominated country group whose album went multiplatinum. He was also a member of the Ronnie Dunn Band, a group that won the Marlboro National Talent Round-up. Rick has been involved with fiddle education for years and has served on the board of directors for the National Fiddler Hall of Fame. Rick currently plays with The Tulsa Playboys, Mary Cogan, Rusty Meyer and The Great Big Biscuits. A retired assistant chief with the Broken Arrow Fire Department, Rick is also accomplished in guitar, mandolin and vocals.
Wayne is a 4th generation fiddler hoping to follow his father's success who is a 5 time Sr. Oklahoma State Champion. Wayne has won several contest and has lost some contests. "The more fiddle music I hear, the better I like it." He not only plays the fiddle but also rhythm guitar and mandolin. "I have met some of my best friends at fiddle conventions and contests. I am always striving to play a tune better than the last time." Wayne has encouraged several young fiddlers to peruse fiddling and guitar playing. He has been the President of the Southeast Oklahoma Sooner Fiddlers Association for over 10 years. He and his wife Donna live on a farm in Idabel, OK and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren ages 7 and 8 years old who all have a fiddle, guitar and mandolin.