The Walnut Hill Organ Club was founded on July 3, 2005 during the 50th Annual ATOS Convention held in Pasadena California. At this event, members of the Walnut Hill Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ Group on Yahoo! finally got a chance to meet in person after many months of online corespondence.
It was decided that these folks should go have lunch at one of Pasadena's fine eateries named Islanders, famous for the delicious hamburgers and imported ales they serve there.
So, off to Islanders they went. During the meal, all present concerred that the Walnut Hill Organ Club should be established. The ATOS lacked a chapter dedicated to virtual instruments.
WHOC would exist in a unique niche brought about by the likes of the Mighty MidiTzer by Jim Henry and Hauptwerk by Martin Dyde.
Officers were elected at this first meeting of what would become the only club in the entire world formed exclusively for Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ enthusiasts, players and builders.
The Bone Doctor at the J. Tyson Forker Memorial
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Originally from Maryville, Tennessee, Richard, a.k.a., The Bone Doctor, after having spent 2005-2006 in Clearwater, Florida, now lives in Ridgecrest, California. Doc is the owner of three newsgroups on Yahoo!, Walnut Hill VTPO, The Theatre Organ Academy and East Tennessee Tech Pool.
A multitalented musician and record producer, Doc has been active in the Theatre Pipe Organ world since 2001, being the webmaster of Walnut Hill Productions and belonging to all the Yahoo! Music groups dedicated to the King of Instruments.
Currently, he sevices and builds computers for the music industry and produces on-site live recordings for theatre pipe organists and inhouse projects.
Tom Hoehn at the J. Tyson Forker Memorial
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Tom Hoehn, a resident of Clearwater, Florida, is one of the Theatre Pipe Organ world's most talented musicians.
Tom has an uncanny ability to make himself at home on any organ, as if he has played it all his life. Formally trained in Classical and Theatre Organ study, he is currently working on a CD of his best work.
Tom is employed by IBM in Tampa as the Overnight Lead Help Desk Technician for the Tampa Offices. He also owns and operates Laughing Eyes Music, publishers of his recent Sounds of Grace CD.
Jim Reid with the MidiTzer teddybear.
Jim Reid resides in Hiwaii with his wife and a very large Allen Digital MSFET Church Organ which has been retrofitted with modern MIDI technology that allows him to explore the world of virtual organs.
Jim is quite knowledgable in the computer field, currently experimenting with running VTPO programs like Hauptwerk inside the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows on high-end computers he has built.
Strong in the love of Father God, Jim is the driving force behind our organization.
Research and Development
Sue Smith enjoying the Mighty Walker RTO 3/35 Digital Theatre Organ.
Sue Smith lives in Denver, Colorado. She has successfully combined virtual organ technology with her Yamaha Electone organ to do some wonderful things with the Mighty MidiTzer.
A strong troubleshooter, Sue helps us find and solve bugs in new releases of the Mighty MidiTzer, and suggests music for others to produce. She is an avid listener and knows when things are right.
Russ Ashworth enjoying the Mighty Walker RTO 3/35 Digital Theatre Organ.
Russ Ashworth lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A man on fire with enthusiasm for the King of Instruments, Russ operates the MidiTzer Store at Cafe Press and is the owner of the newsgroup on Yahoo! known as Rialto WurliTzer 216.
Russ has helped out immensly with the development of the Mighty MidiTzer and actively promotes it everywhere and every way he can.
Per Schultz and his Mighty Rodgers Theatre Organ.
Per Schultz lives in Stockholm, Sweden. A long time fan of the Theatre Pipe Organ, his extensive knowledge of electronics has enabled him to convert his analogue Rodgers Theatre Organ into a control center for virtual organ.
Per is a man of good humor, keeping us going when the going gets tough. A frequent traveller, we can depend on Per to find esoteric knowledge where others fail to look. He has a grand opportunity to do this because he is heavily involved in the restoration of the 2/9 Mighty Skandia WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Fred Willis, the founding father of Walnut Hill.
Fred Willis lives in Ridgecrest, California. He is another man on fire for the King, having overcome physical handicaps to enjoy the sound that only a Mighty MidiTzer can make.
Having served in the Navy as an engineer, Fred knows quite a lot about the technology needed to assemble a virtual organ. He has three very powerful 64-bit computers connected together to form the biggest virtual instrument in the group. He single-handedly put Walnut Hill on the map with his generous financual contributions to the group.
Jim Henry with the Orpheum WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Jim Henry is a resident of Anahiem, California. A practicing patent lawyer by day, he plays Theatre Organ by night and is the author of the Mighty MidiTzer, a virtual Style 216 2/10 Mighty WurliTzer that runs in Microsoft Windows.
Esquire James is heavily involved with several restoration projects in and around Los Angeles, California. Without his hard work and devotion to the Mighty Theatre Pipe Organ, there would be no Walnut Hill website and the Virtual Theatre Organ community would be a far poorer and duller place with fewer choices and less knowledge.