Position: Vice President of R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc
Al is responsible for sales in the following areas:
Hampton Roads area and Richmond, VA and Lower Eastern Shore VA/Central and Eastern North Carolina and South Carolina
Al was born and raised in Sumter, SC. While attending the Baptist College of Charleston, two significant events took place – his introduction to the theater organ and signing up with a Naval Reserve unit in Charleston. In 1969, during his sophomore year, his reserve unit was activated, and he was ordered to Antigua, WI for two years. In January 1971, while still in Antigua, he flew home to hear a Community Concert by Virgil Fox on the Rodgers touring organ known as Black Beauty. After the concert, he was invited to have dinner with Virgil, Andy Crow, and David Snyder. This dinner lasted from 11:00 PM until four in the morning. These five hours were occupied by sitting quietly and listening to Virgil tell “Virgil stories”. This concert and dinner unknowingly changed Al’s future. He decided to remain in the Navy and in 1972 was transferred to San Diego. Almost immediately upon arrival in San Diego, he sought out the local Rodgers representative and purchased the first of six Rodgers organs he would own. In 1973, Al began a part-time, six-year job selling Rodgers and Gulbransen organs for Southland Music Center. In 1978, Al applied for a direct commission through the Navy’s highly competitive LDO (Limited Duty Officer program. He was commissioned in 1979 and transferred to Virginia Beach where he remained for 10 years and retired in 1989. While in Virginia Beach, he continued his association with Rodgers working for Parker Piano and Organ. Upon retirement, he was offered a position with R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc. and in 1996 was made a partner in the firm. Al’s career with Rodgers and Ruffatti pipe organs has presented him opportunities to work with the finest concert organist from both the classical and theater organ environments. These artists included talents such as Virgil Fox, Ted Alan Worth, Felix Hell, Cameron Carpenter, Keith Chapman, Fred Swann, Joyce Jones, Richard Purvis and John Weaver as well as Lyn Larsen, Gaylord Carter, Jonas Nordwall, and Ethel Smith. Al’s extensive career has earned him great respect among his peers, and he is often sought out for advice and training by other Rodgers representatives. Al and his wife, Sharon, reside on Lake Gaston, North Carolina. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. Al is active in a number of AGO chapters and is sub dean of the Central NC Chapter and Vice President of the Old Dominion Theater Organ Chapter.