(TRIBUTE) Scott And The Music Farmers Olde Tyme String Band

The Music Farmers taught Scott Banjo, Fiddle, Washtub Base and Harmonica

Although….. Carjacked – A Bad Day – While learning Banjo and Fiddle at The Music Farmers Music Farm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a crackhead jumped in the car Scott and his friend were in and stuck a pistol in Scott’s ear. After a drive through the woods, Bill Hunter, the head of the Music Farm ended the situation with his Colt .45. Nobody died.


Bill George Hunter of Auberry, California

The Music Farmers Old Time String Band

December 16, 1929 – February 4, 2021


Bill George Hunter of Auberry, California passed away on Thursday, February 4th, 2021 at the age of 91 years old.

In the story of Bill’s life there are many chapters. He was a veteran of the Korean war. He was a world traveler. He was a math teacher. He was a bail bondsman. He was a Music Farmer. He was a story teller.

Bill grew up as the youngest of five siblings: Charlie, Orville, Mary, and Ada. As a young man, he served his country in the Korean War as a member of the United States Army. He then went on to get his masters degree in mathematics and spent time as a math teacher for Bullard High School in Fresno, CA. Bill was also a successful bail bondsman, founding his own bail bond company.

One of Bill’s most treasured accomplishments in life was leading his old-time string band, The Music Farmers, and creating his 20 acre mountain oasis known as The Music Farm. There wasn’t a string instrument that Bill couldn’t play, but he was particularly fond of the fiddle and the banjo, being so talented that he could still play the fiddle behind his back well into his 80’s. Bill built the Music Farm from the ground up in Auberry during the late 1970’s as a performance space and retreat for local musicians and students. Unfortunately, The Music Farm was lost in the recent wildfires.  Bill and his beloved wife Joan had just moved to Rancho Cucamonga to begin their next chapter near her family.

Bill always had a story to tell about his adventures, usually followed by his signature laugh. The day he was born in the back of a buckboard wagon. The time he spent in a jail in India for having the wrong currency to pay for his meal. Being airlifted after breaking his leg on a hunting trip.

Though Bill never had any children of his own, he was the loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

Bill is survived by his wife, Joan Delzangle-Hunter; nephews Danny Malone and Donald Hunter; and nieces Holly Van Vleck

While circumstances do not allow for a formal service, please sing a song, play an instrument, or tell a story in honor of the way that Bill lived his life.