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•   Peggy Belisle (Mullan)  3/9
•   Rick Corea  3/3
•   Pam Hart (McGuire)  2/24
•   Howard Weiner  2/24
•   Andrew Schwartz  2/23
•   Dan Carroll  2/22
•   Edward J. Kirkland  1/28
•   Greg Kirkham  12/16
•   Pat Masterson (Killen)  12/4
•   Ron Forward  12/27
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1 lives in Alabama
87 live in Arizona
10 live in California
1 lives in Colorado
3 live in Florida
1 lives in Hawaii
1 lives in Idaho
2 live in Illinois
1 lives in Indiana
1 lives in Iowa
1 lives in Kentucky
1 lives in Montana
1 lives in Nebraska
1 lives in Nevada
1 lives in North Carolina
2 live in Oregon
2 live in Tennessee
2 live in Texas
1 lives in Vermont
1 lives in Virginia
1 lives in Wisconsin
1 lives in Wyoming
1 lives in British Columbia
1 lives in Mexico
274 location unknown


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It was suggested in the last blast that we possibly consider a reunion with other classes. The Class of '71 is interested in taking this approach with our class but only our class. The '71 organizing committee was not interested in a multi-year reunion because it identified with the Class of 72 most strongly based on our football team's and other sports' successes in 1970-71. Ken Schacherbauer is leading the Class of 71 organizing committee.

Ken stated in a call to Ron Forward the '71 organizing committee was wanting to know who our class organizing leader is. We still need someone to step up to take on this role! They are meeting April 29, at a location TBD. If we are indeed interested in a combined reunion, we need to have decision-making representation there.

The '71 organizing committee is leaning toward an informal reunion. Ken said they are considering Talking Stick Resort (site of our 40th,) The Grand Resort, or another similar venue. He said they are open to other ideas as well.

Finally, Ken said the '71 committee preferred the reunion in 2021. However, because a lot of places are already booked for the year he felt Spring of 2022 was more feasible and would enable our reunion to be held in our 50th year.

Please reply back to this email if you would like a combined reunion with the Class of '71, or go it on our own. Also, if your heart is tugging at you to step up and lead our reunion, then please identify yourself!

Hello Friends,

Some of you may know that I am the president of the Phoenix Guitar Society, we are a not-for profit charitable organization. Our Mission Statement is to promote and support guitar, enhance our communities with music performance and outreach. We are participating in Arizona gives Day, fund raising event for non profits. You can read more about us below and our programs we are asking funding for.

If you feel that the arts and music are an important part of our community then please consider making a charitable contribution to the Phoenix Guitar Society during the Arizona Gives Day fund raising event. Early giving begins Tuesday, March 17 and ends on Arizona gives Day Tuesday, April 7. Charitable contributions can be made at phoenixguitarsociety.

Below is information regarding our programs, please take a look. Here is a Youtube video from the Sonoran Desert Guitars Festival, this piece is performed by all 94 participants at the conclusion of the Ensemble Showcase.

More about PGS
PGS host a monthly Guest Artist Series at the Tempe History Museum every second Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm, as part of our Outreach program. Our guest artist are local guitarists who perform for live and appreciative audience. Following our guest artist the stage is open to guitarist from the community. We focus on classical guitar and all levels and ages of guitarists are welcome. Admission is free and we are open to the public. Rental for the community room at the Tempe History Museum is $800/year. The room accommodates our needs very well and located where anyone in the metro Phoenix can enjoy a Sunday afternoon.

October of 2019 PGS co-hosted the first annual Sonoran Desert Guitars Festival. There were 9 schools in attendance. The festival started with the Ensemble Showcase on Friday, October 18th at Glendale Community College. Each attending school performed a set of pieces and the evening was concluded with a performance of 94 guitarists. Conducted by Maestro Chuck Hulihan the finale was grand. Cory Collins hosted day two at Camelback High School where students attended master classes, lectures, technique workshops, and performances by soloists and small ensembles. Frank Koonce held master classes for the young guitarists. The festival was a great success for PGS and all the schools that participated. This is now an annual event.

New for 2020 PGS is a scholarship program. We desire to provide a $1,000 annually to a deserving student of guitar. PGS gifted $1,000 to Gibran de Souza in 2019, we would like to continue this as a scholarship. Gibran was a doctoral student in guitar performance at ASU, he was in need of assistance to finish his program. PGS and our members were proud to help Gibran reach his goals, we would like develop this and initiate a new PGS Scholarship program including a large scholarship and smaller gifts. PGS is looking for $1,700.00 for this program.

Through music we learn about different cultures, we also learn from other
guitarists and their cultural differences. It is music that brings us together, broadens our
horizons and opens the door for new and challenging experiences.