Pete Marker Waltz
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PETE MARKER WALTZ. American, Waltz. USA, Arizona. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). Learned in 1893 by Arizona fiddler Kenner C. Kartchner from Pete Marker, a popular dance fiddler in the northeast part of the (then) Arizona territory. Kartchner said it was the tune that introduced the waltz to Arizona in the late 1890's (Shumway, Frontier Fiddler, 1990). Merle Shumway remembers the first waltz that came to Flagstaff. "For a long time, the waltz was forbidden. Kids would sneak out back and dance the waltz on the cement." But then a man named Pete Marker came to town and taught them all a waltz. "Eventually waltzes became very popular. But that's all we ever called that one, the Pete Marker Waltz" .
Source for notated version:
Recorded sources: University of Arizona Press, Kenner Kartchner - Frontier Fiddler (1990. Cassette accompanying book).