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Our 2016 Sponsors

City of Florence

SSWA Recycling

Colbert County Commission

City of Florence Recycling

Lauderdale County Commission

University of North Alabama


Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel

Florence Tourism

Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau

Local Ford Dealer

Long Lewis Ford Florence Alabama

Sheffield Redevelopment Authority

Keep the Shoals Beautiful

Coca Cola


Shoals Solid Waste Authority *Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area * City of Florence * City of Sheffield * City of Muscle Shoals * City of Tuscumbia * City of Russellville * Colbert County Commission * Lauderdale County Commission * Sheffield Redevelopment Authority * Firestone Building Products * University of North Alabama * Handy Brothers Music * Alabama Department of Tourism & Travel * Florence-Lauderdale Tourism * Colbert County Tourism * Colbert County Community Development Commission * Lauderdale County Community Development Commission * Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa * Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Florence * Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts * Local Ford Dealers * Coca Cola Bottling * Printers and Stationers, Inc. * Florence Recycling * Regions Bank * Anderson & Anderson * Long Lewis Ford of the Shoals Rental Department * TimesDaily * Courier Journal * Big River Broadcasting * WZZA Radio * WAFF * WHNT * Byron "Trip" Bower * W.C. Handy Home & Museum * Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts


The 25th Annual W.C. Handy Festival Music Camp, under the direction of professional jazz trumpeter Ken Watters, with assistance from former Muscle Shoals Middle School Band Director Nathan Haskew, and oversight from Music Preservation Society Inc. Executive Director Drew White, has been made possible by support from the University of North Alabama Department of Music & Theatre * Florence Kiwanis * Friends of the Festival * Rosie's Cantina

SPECIAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS have been made possible by Regions Bank and Alabama Tourism Department

NURSING HOMES MINI-CONCERTS have been made possible by support from Friends of the Festival

N HARMONY WITH NATURE is made possible by grants and support from Shoals Solid Waste Authority * Florence Recycling * Keep the Shoals Beautiful * Shoals Earth Month, Inc.


Brochures made possible in part by a grant from Alabama Tourism Department and Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area

Posters sponsored and printed by: Printers & Stationers

Design winner: Ms. Sherry Noel Pratt

Website made possible in part by a grant from the Alabama Department of Tourism & Travel

2018 Festival Steering Committee:

Tori Bailey, Festival Chair and Board President Elect
Honorable Gil Self, MPS Board President
Alison Stanfield, Board Secretary and PR Chair
Tim Leigh, Board Treasurer
Suzanne Bolton, Board VP & Music Committee Chair
Dr. Felice Green, Immediate Past President & Friends Coordinator
Dick Cooper, Technical Director
Chad Smith, Legal Advisor
Drew White, Executive Director & Jazz Combo Coordinator
Michael Ivey, Vendor Coordinator
Randy Bruce, Music Talent Advisor
Sue Reeder, Festival Administrative Coordinator
Brian Corrigan, Festival Office Manager
Oliver Irvine, Intern and Volunteer Coordinator


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