The Society's roots began long before the formal oganizational meeting at Bones Fest III in 1999. Dr. Fred Edmund was a rhythm bones enthusiest who sold bones, sent out a monthly newsletter and developed a rhythm bones instruction course titled "Bones Unlimited" which is now on our website.
One of the people who Fred found was Everett Cowett, and he talked Ev into hosting an event in his back yard that is now known as Bones Fest I. Eleven people showed up including Fred. Ev's daughter, Martha, gave her dad a website named Rhythm Bones Central which has been central to the development of the society.
The next year Ev hosted Bones Fest II at a local park and 15 people showed up including Steve Wixson. After the Fest, Steve went home and using his computer experience, did an exhaustive internet search for rhythm bones and related terms and found about 100 websites and lots of other rhythm bones players (Click HERE to see the results of that search.).
Bones Fest III was hosted by Russ and Wilma Myers amd 34 people attended. In final event of the day, the group (shown above) met and formed the society using by-laws patterned after those of the Jew's Harp Guild. The new members elected Officers and Board Members who met and approved the creation of the Rhythm Bones Player newsletter. Ev Cowett was the first Executive Director, and Russ Myers was the first Assistant Director. Other Board Members who are not still serving are Sky Bartlett, Sally Carroll, Jonathan Danforth, Gil Hibben, Dr. Mel Mercier, Jerry Mescher (deceased), Russ Myers (deceased), and Tim Reilly.
Bones Fest IV was hosted by Steve and Janet Wixson and was a 2 and one-half event which has continue over the years. Click HERE to read summaries of all of the Bones Fest.