Manasota Theatre Organ Society


Manasota Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society

J. Tyson Forker Memorial Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ

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2022 Show Season



Clark Wilson

FEB 20, 2022 2:30 PM

Clark will be giving a musical performance, plus accompaniment of a 1924 silent-film comedy that is about the hilarious hi-jinx that ensue when two spoiled rich people get stranded on an empty passenger ship.

Clark Wilson, a native of Ohio, began musical training at age nine. Growing up, he accompanied numerous stage musicals, was organist at several churches, and listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest and Men of Achievement. He has Life Member status in the International Tri-M Music Honor Society and is listed in Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals.

Following several years with the Schantz Organ Company as a reed voicer and tonal finisher, his professional playing career began at Pipe Organ Pizza in Milwaukee, WI. He has been on the playing staffs at Paramount Music Palace, Indianapolis, IN and Pipes and Pizza, Lansing, IL. He is on the organ staff at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, AZ where he assisted with the planning and installation of the world’s largest Wurlitzer organ.

Clark has recorded seven albums, played for the 1990 Organ Historical Society convention, and several ATOS National and Regional conventions. He has given a series of highly lauded workshops for young people’s Pipe Organ Encounters. He is one of the finest practitioners of the art of silent picture scoring and is a visiting lecturer on theatre organ and photoplay accompaniment at Indiana University organ department, and is working with the Oklahoma University, setting up a picture scoring program.


Dave Wickerham

MAR 20, 2022 2:30 PM

“2011 American Theatre Organ Society Organist of the Year”

Dave Wickerham has performed at our Manasota Theatre Organ Society concerts many times. At the end of each concert we are pretty sure that he pulled every stop, hit every key, and tap-danced atop every foot-pedal on our famous Wurlitzer. Unlike the man behind the curtain in Oz, this Wizard knows exactly ‘how this thing works’! And his repertoire is so vast that he can endlessly play delightful medleys from just about any list of songs you can come up with.

Dave also enjoys recording and has recently “sold out” his fourth CD “Sounds of Music” recorded on the famous 5 Manual, 80 Rank Theatre Organ at the Sanfilippo Residence in Barrington, IL.  There are several NEW recording projects that are soon to be completed and released.

Many Thanks to our Featured Artists, and Guest Performers in 2018-2019

That gorgeous instrument up there on stage in the Grace Auditorium (and in the pipe-chambers) is a million dollar mechanical and technical wonder in its own right, but it takes a masterful organist to make it sing. Check out images of artists from previous performances, and also learn some biographical info about each.

Theatre pipe organs are immensely complex. They each require constant maintenance of their components, and vigilance about their ‘voice’.  This one has more bells and whistles (we really have bells and whistles!) than you can shake a stick at. Get an inside-look at how it all works and listen to some sample music.

This modern church was built with the intention of housing a fine pipe organ. So it seems fitting that Grace Community Church would agree to host our Wurlitzer. We have had a long relationship with this congregation. Have a look around their auditorium.

Support the Theatre Pipe-Organ Art-Form

A great way to support the theatre-organ art-form is through membership in the American Theatre Organ Society. Click the ATOS logo for more info, or visit

You can also choose to support your local ATOS chapter by joining MTOS. A one-year membership is $25 and specifically goes toward our 4-manual, 32-rank Tyson J. Forker Memorial Wurlitzer theatre pipe-organ.

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