Matthew Rolland successfully defended his 2004 Arizona State Fiddle Championship this weekend.
Rolland, 18, Mesa, won the state title at the 35th Annual State Championship Old Time Fiddlers Contest held Sept. 24 to 25 in Rumsey Park. He will represent the state at the nationals in Weiser, Idaho.
He is a freshman at the University of Arizona in Tucson, pursuing a degree in international studies.
"I plan to continue competing in fiddling contests and will be back in Payson for next year's championship," Rolland said. He is also planning a compact disc project with his brother, Michael, 19, also of Mesa, who took second place in the state championship.
"I want to travel to other countries and volunteer to spread awareness about AIDS," he said. "I also want to learn about the different music styles of other countries."
Rolland has played the fiddle for 11 years. In addition to the state honors, Rolland and his brother, Michael, shared second place for the twin fiddling competition and placed fourth in the young adult division the first day of competition.
Michael Rolland also won third place in the fancy fiddling contest and third in the young adult division.
Placing in the state championship contest were Andrew Donald, 13, third; Michael Shu, 14, fourth; and David Shoup, Phoenix, fifth.
The team of David Kaemmer of Sierra Vista, and Andrew Gallardo of Tucson, won first in the twin fiddling finals; third place went to Laura Barry and Blaine Cone. Gallardo won first place in the fancy fiddle finals and Rachel Crawford was second.
Divisional winners were:
Brooke Boisvert, Small Fry
Katherine Messer, Junior-Junior
Joshua Galyon, Junior
David Shoup, Young Adult
Laura Barry, Adult
Sue Elsclager, Senior
Roy Thackerson, Trick
Michael Rolland, Cross Tune