Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes 1881 - 1920
       A History,
          Catalog Raisonné,
                and Appreciation.
                          By Q. David Bowers
                                     An AMICA-International Publication

Q. David Bowers has collected, studied, and enjoyed automatic musical instruments, beginning in 1960. In the intervening years he has written several books on the subject, including A Guide Book of Automatic Musical Instruments (1966), Put Another Nickel In (1968), Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments (1971), and Treasures of Mechanical Music (co-authored with Arthur A. Reblitz, 1981). He has contributed many articles to the journals of the Musical Box Society International and AMICA (Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association), and is one of just four recipients of the Musical Box Society International’s Lifetime Service Award. The author, whose main business over the years has been as a dealer in rare coins, has traveled extensively through America and Europe seeking information relating to automatic musical instruments.

AMICA International Award

Presented for contributing substantially to the promotion of automatic music and AMICA as viewed technically, musically, archivally or from the perspective of the general public.

 Past Winners

2004: Galen and Linda Bird - for their long-standing enthusiasm and dedication to the promotion of automatic musical instruments and AMICA.

2003: Ray & Nancy Dietz - for their activities in the promotion of player pianos in and around their community.

2002: Richard and Janet Tonnesen

2001: (none this year)

2000: Richard & Janet Tonnesen

1999: Richard Reutlinger

1998: Liz Barnhart - For work as AMICA Convention Coordinator and multiple other duties within AMICA

1997: Mike Barnhart - For compiling the AMICA membership directory and serve as the Membership Secretary.

1996: J. B. Nethercutt - For sharing his collection with the public and wit AMICA members.

1995: Jasper and Marian Sanfilippo - For sharing their collection with AMICA members and promoting the goals of AMICA

1994: Mary and Ben Lilien - For personal involvement at all times in furthering the goals of AMICA

1993: Charles Davis Smith - For the compilation of "The Welte Mignon: Its Music and Musicians" and the book "Duo-Art Piano Music"



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