Al Brundage, 1970
Bob Osgood's text as it appeared in
Sets in Order / Square Dancing magazine
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 1930s and 40s? 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.
(Square Dancing, July, 1970)