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Guitars Not Guns Raises Important Capital

I always find it very rewarding to do an event with Guitars Not Guns.  It’s so cool to see kids react to holding an instrument for the first time and to see the self-satisfaction of strumming out their first couple of chords.  Last weekend, Guitars Not Guns had a significant presence at the Columbia Pike Blues Festival in Arlington Virginia.  In addition to some top blues talent and dozens of food and drink vendors, Guitars Not Guns had two booths.  One booth focused on fund-raising, offering raffle tickets for a gorgeous Saint Blues White Lightning, while the other was a demo area where kids could pick up a guitar and get a free lesson, and more experienced guitar players could check out some very fine Saint Blues guitars.

Several of Guitar Not Guns’ local instructors were on hand to help out and it was a treat watching them with the kids.  It’s no wonder that this organization is so successful, because the instructors that I saw in action were all tremendous with their ability to reach the kids and get them excited about learning to play the guitar.  Guitar Affair had a variety of Saint Blues guitars on hand for the more capable players, and some die-hard players of other brands had an eye opening experience when they played the Saint Blues guitars for the first time.  Across the board, people were blown away by the quality and the tone of these instruments, and special thanks goes out to the Saint Blues Guitar Workshop for being such great supporters of Guitars not Guns.

Overall, the event was a tremendous success.  Guitars Not Guns raised capital to purchase instruments and add additional classes, and several hundred people came through the both to learn about the organization, to pick up a guitar, and to learn about the Saint Blues guitars.

Below are some pictures of the event.  Thanks to everyone who helped make it a success.  Your continued support for this tremendous organization is most appreciated.

Guitars Not Guns Music Experience Tent

Guitars Not Guns Music Experience Tent

Guitars not Guns teachs young student her first chords

Young Myles learns his first guitar chords. Myles also won the student guitar giveaway.

Bad Influence guitarist Mike Tash helps out some young players

Bad Influence Guitarist Mike Tash Helps Out Some Young Guitarists

Saint Blues Guitars at the Columbia Pike Blues Festival

Guitarists of All Ages were Impressed with the Saint Blues Guitars

The winner of the Guitars Not Guns Saint Blues White Lightning Raffle

Saint Blues White Lightning Proud Winner Whitney Robinson

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