Shubb Capos, one of my sponsors for many years, has proven time and again that they genuinely care about the up and coming players on the scene and in the classrooms, along with the abundance of weekend warriors who woodshed away in the privacy of their own homes while juggling families, free time and, as I always jokingly say, “real jobs”.
I am grateful to have an affiliation with these folks as we often share events with each other. For the past three years I have been invited to perform for them at the MusikMesse in Frankfurt, Germany. This past June at the 2010 Miami International Guitar Festival, held at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, Shubb graciously donated capos, banners, and catalogs to my students who attended the summer festival camp.
Dr. Rene Gonzalez, founder of the Festival and director of the classical guitar program, appeared to sport a huge smile throughout the festival as he showed his appreciation for the support from my sponsors. At this event, I was honored to join Dr. Gonzalez, Mir Ali, The Miami Guitar Trio, Spain’s Enrique Munoz, and many others for a week of concerts, instructional classes, and social events.
The real “stars” of the festival were the students of the Classical Guitar Program who became aware of, perhaps for the first time, the positive power and love of music the industry has for its future players. No longer do these youngsters believe you have to be a television superstar to be a success. Now the manufacturers are knocking on their doorsteps to let them know they are watching, listening, and offering up their support.
Originally posted 2010-07-07 20:41:08.