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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | April 2, 2009
Guitarist and teacher Candice Mowbray said she still encounters students who think the guitar was invented by The Beatles. "Really, the first printed music for guitar dates back to the 1530s," says Mowbray, a 32-year-old Hagerstown native. "With that much history behind us and such a versatile role the instrument can play, it's really great to have so much repertoire available to us. " This is part of the message Mowbray hopes to get across at the second annual Hagerstown Community College Guitar Mini Fest on Saturday in the Merle S. Elliott Continuing Education and Conference Center.
NEWS
November 29, 2007
The public is invited to enjoy a free concert by the Hagerstown Community College Guitar Orchestra on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in HCC's Classroom Building auditorium. The orchestra and soloists will perform a variety of works, including selections by Bach, Villa Lobos, Andrew York, Derek Hasted and others. The HCC Guitar Orchestra is comprised of students and hobbyists of all ages and stylistic preferences who find common ground in classical guitar technique and ensemble repertoire.
NEWS
August 17, 2007
Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education offers a unique setting for learning guitar. A group class is starting Sept. 12 for absolute beginners. This course is open to adults and children 11 years and older, so parents and children could learn to play the instrument together in a low pressure, slow-paced environment. Instructor Candice Mowbray will teach students the fundamentals of basic guitar performance including chords, strumming, finger picking and note reading.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | May 29, 2013
American blues musician Sonny Landreth was just a child when he knew music was going to be his path. “The first time I heard Elvis Presley with Scotty Moore on guitar, I was snakebitten then,” he said during a telephone interview from California. By age 13, Landreth, now 62, had the instrument that has made him an important blues musician - the guitar. Those who attend Saturday night's Western Maryland Blues Fest's Downtown House Party will get a chance to see and hear Landreth's way of playing the slide guitar.
NEWS
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 9, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -There's no such thing as too much guitar if you play for Big Whiskey. The Waynesboro-based rock band is all about melody and lyrics, which makes lots of guitar a good thing. So Big Whiskey's two lead guitarists get equal footing, said frontman Jon Ingels, one of Whiskey's guitar slingers. "I've never been a fan of having a rhythm guitarist and a lead guitarist," said Ingels, 31, of Waynesboro. Right now, band members are trying to translate all that guitar into their first studio record, recording tracks on Ingels' Apple laptop computer whenever and wherever they can. There's a strong emphasis on wherever - they've held sessions in Ingels' kitchen and in an abandoned building.
NEWS
by DON AINES | November 15, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The history of music dates back many millennia and when it comes to teaching the guitar or bass, Brad Wolfe says, "I'm from the old school. " That does not mean his students begin with a hollow log and a stick, but his approach does involve understanding the language and science of music, not just learning a few well-known riffs. "It's one thing to learn a Metallica lick. It's another to really learn a musical instrument," said Wolfe, who opened Shea Wolfe Studios at 213 W. Burke St. in August with artist and wife, Teddy Shea.
NEWS
by ANDREA ROWLAND | June 2, 2002
andrear@herald-mail.com You've got to feel the blues to truly play blues music, legendary blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin said Saturday before his set at the Western Maryland Blues Fest. It's a lesson Sumlin, 70, said he learned from such genre greats as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, for whom he played guitar for more than 20 years. "Every word Wolf said, he meant it. He lived it," Sumlin said. "I don't play it unless I feel it. You've got to tell the truth. " Sumlin has been playing the blues since his mother spent a week's salary to buy him his first guitar at age 8. Musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughn have praised the Mississippi native's dynamic guitar playing.
NEWS
by YVETTE MAY / Staff Photographer | June 5, 2006
Patrick Becks, reacts to the sounds of The Carl Filipiak Group during Sunday's final day of the Western Maryland Blues Fest in City Park. Carl Filipiak, plays guitar Sunday while John Thomakos, plays drums during the third set of Sunday performances at the City Park bandshell.
NEWS
May 18, 2009
Tri-State Civitan Club will host its spring variety show Wednesday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the Potomac Center. The show will include performances by magician John Dodge and Kevin the Klown, and Jack Stanton will play his guitar.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | May 29, 2013
American blues musician Sonny Landreth was just a child when he knew music was going to be his path. “The first time I heard Elvis Presley with Scotty Moore on guitar, I was snakebitten then,” he said during a telephone interview from California. By age 13, Landreth, now 62, had the instrument that has made him an important blues musician - the guitar. Those who attend Saturday night's Western Maryland Blues Fest's Downtown House Party will get a chance to see and hear Landreth's way of playing the slide guitar.
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NEWS
March 21, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding an electric guitar that was stolen during a burglary that occurred in the Clear Spring area on Dec. 31. A guitar matching the stolen black Fender Squier Strat was sold to Washington Street Pawn Brokers and the shop sold the guitar to an unknown individual on Jan. 11, according to the sheriff's department. The sheriff's department would like to talk to the person who bought the guitar to determine if it is the instrument that was stolen in the burglary, the sheriff's office said.
EDUCATION
November 18, 2012
W. Brad Distad of Yuba City, Calif., received the alumni community service award from McDaniel College. He earned a bachelor's degree from McDaniel in 2004. Presented annually during McDaniel's homecoming, the award is given to a graduate who has performed outstanding voluntary service to his or her community beyond normal business or professional obligations. Distad received a bachelor's degree in geography with a minor in architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park, before enrolling at McDaniel, where he graduated with a second bachelor's degree in theatre.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2012
With guitar in hand and a stage under his feet, Darrin Snyder couldn't be more comfortable. That doesn't come as a surprise to those who know him. He was born to be a musician. “My family is deeply rooted in music,” Snyder said. “My father, Cecil, played in bands and my brother, Shawn, won many fiddle contests.” But in comparison, he added, “I'm a late bloomer. Both my dad and brother started playing when they were 13 years of age. I got interested when I was 18 and by 21 I was out playing in the clubs.” Regardless of when the Hagerstown man dipped his toe in the pool of music, what's important, he said, is the fact that he is doing something he loves.
LIFESTYLE
By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com | June 1, 2012
Growing up in Greencastle, Pa., Jason Kabler was all rock 'n' roll. He said he loved to sing in the style of Axl Rose, former lead singer of Guns 'N Roses. But then something happened - his voice changed and he couldn't hit the notes just right anymore. His mother, who taught her son how to play guitar, introduced him to the music of a new artist. "She's like, 'he's not rock, but he's as close as you're gonna get in country.' And at that time, I was like, 'Country, mom, come on,'" Kabler recalled during a telephone interview from Nashville, Tenn., his home for more than a decade.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2012
When Tresa Paul talks about her musical influences, she rattles off a list that reads like a Who's Who of American soul and blues: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Dinah Washington. But the person who had the biggest impact on her career is much closer to home. It's her father, James Bowman. Paul's earliest music memories, she said, include watching her dad perform as a guitarist and singer with The Archers, a popular 1960s Tri-State band. "I was always so proud to listen to him and all the neighborhood kids thought he was the coolest," Paul remembered.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 8, 2012
The sounds of voice and guitar blended Sunday before a crowd at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, which hosted an annual recital in memory of the museum's first board of trustees president. Soprano Gretchen Farrar and guitarist Francisco Roldan delivered music from composers such as John Dowland, Fernando Sor and Federico Garcia Lorca during the 2:30 p.m. performance. "Today, we have a real treat for you. I'm sure the concert will be something to talk about after you leave today," Christine Shives, administrative officer at the museum, said in opening the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2011
1. Holiday nostalgia Old Tyme Christmas will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at various sites in Funkstown.  Activities throughout Funkstown, including Yule log bonfire, guitar performances by Barbara Ingram School of Fine Arts guitar students, a piano recital, craft show, ornament-decorating contest for children, and Santa at Town Hall. For complete schedule, go to www.funkstown.com . 2. Having fun with Mike Rayburn "A Very Funny Christmas with Mike Rayburn" will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Covenant Baptist Church, 7485 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
NEWS
September 27, 2011
Property worth $6,000 stolen in burglary near Hagerstown The Washington County Sheriff's Office reported that someone broke into a home near Hagerstown and stole property valued at roughly $6,000. Deputies said the burglary occurred at about 6 p.m. Monday in the 20400 block of Cool Hollow Road, which is near the Beaver Creek Country Club. Further details were unavailable. $1,800 guitar stolen from Williamsport home An $1,800 guitar was stolen from a home near Williamsport, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.
LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | September 16, 2011
Ron Kyne is a quiet guy. He works evenings as custodian for Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools. He's a family man, spending time with his wife, Mary, and daughter Brittany, 15. But set Kyne at a steel guitar, and he finds his voice. "The steel guitar was made for him," Mary Kyne said. "When he sits down behind it, he plays with such passion. " Kyne, 37, of Falling Waters, W.Va., keeps a busy schedule as a freelance steel guitarist. He sits in with local and regional bands during concerts.
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