This is a copy of Nate's profile page from his website,
www.napariver.com, as it appeared on the date of his death (November 6,
2002). Taken from the Internet Wayback Machine at www.archive.org.
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This page last updated: June 19, 2001
International Square Dance Caller/Recording Artist
June 4, 1963 38 years June 4, 2001
An excellent singer as well as an accomplished choreographer makes Nate
Bliss a real pleasure to dance to. Even though he has called through
C-2 in the past, Nate now calls for Beginners through the A-2 programs
and especially enjoys teaching new dancers the joys of square dancing.
Nate and his wife, Debi, relocated to Northern California in 1983, from
the R.V. resorts of South Texas and currently reside in Vallejo. He now
regularly calls for the Adobe Squares
of Petaluma, and the Twin City Steppers, Fairfield and is very active
in teaching and calling for the Bay Area. He is not only the
Vice-President of the Square Dance Callers Association of Northern
California (SDCANC), he is also the Membership Chairman and the Association Webmaster.
began calling, while he was a charter member of the Hickam Promenaders,
during his first tour in the U.S. Air Force at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. The
club caller at the time was Herb Egender. He was being transferred to
the Pentagon so five members attended three calling lessons and Nate
was elected simply because everyone else backed out. So with three
lessons, a handful of records and a $90 "Califone" PA set, Nate started
his "career" as a square dance caller. In 1964 he transferred to
California and continued calling even though he was cross training into
fighter aircraft (first the F-104 and then the F-105).
Nate's attributes include a very melodious, bass voice of which he has
received much recognition. Having been a recording artist for over 30
years, he has recorded many square dance singing call records on six
square dance record labels. A nationwide radio commercial, "A Country
Barbecue", that he recorded for the Beef Council was real a special
treat for him. Currently he is a staff recording artist on "Global
Music Productions" records.
Besides extensive calling on the West Coast, Nate has enjoyed a few
tours through the East Coast as well as Thailand, Japan, Saudi Arabia,
Mexico, Canada and Australia. Also Germany and Denmark in August and
September 2000. He has also taught for an equestrian club in which the
horses knew the routine better than the riders. And a class for the
blind at the Braille Institute where he learned, "you can't have too
many speakers when calling for the blind". (In case your are wondering,
that means that one speaker is best - ask Nate about that story!) He
was also a resident caller in R.V. Parks in Arizona, Colorado and Texas.
Here is an interduction given at a weekend festival:
Bliss is justifiably renowned for his melodious singing voice, dulcet
delivery, flowing patter, and well conceived choreography. ... Come
enjoy with us Nate's special, SUPER SMOO-OO-TH STYLE!"