12 Year Old Fiddle Playing Champion

Tuesday, October 10th 2006, 10:17 am
By: News On 6

Oklahoma has a reputation for turning out excellent, even superstar country musicians. Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Reba McIntire and Toby Keith are four off the top of the list.

As News on 6 reporter Rick Wells shows us, the newest is a middle school student in Jenks.

He is too young to drive a car but he sure can play the fiddle. Jake Duncan is 12 he's a 7th grader at Jenks Middle School.

The class we pulled him out of is health; they were watching a bit of the documentary "Super Size Me." Jake's a super-sized talent.

Last month, Jake won the old time fiddlers championship in Winfield, Kansas.

Bob Fjelsted, a long time Tulsa musician and a member of the Roundup Boys is serving as Jake's sideman. He says Jake's the best young fiddle player he's seen. "He's genius that's the only explanation I have for it."

His mom says not long ago he was struggling with a new piece of music, went to bed and woke up able to play it, worked it out in his sleep. Susan Duncan: "His fingers are moving all the time. He'll be eating a hamburger and his fingers will be moving."

His favorite fiddle is one made in 1850 and was last owned by Faith Hill's fiddle player.

Jake says his dad got him started and it just took off from there. Everyone who hears him play says he can be among the best, he's already better than most.