"From Tragedy to Triumph"
Steve Miller tells his story about tragedy and triumph through music. Please click the link above.
Steve Miller and Family
New research on music as medicine
McGill University researchers in Montreal publish a fascinating study.
Gregg Hammond and Washington, D.C. Chapter in the news
A nice article about Gregg Hammond and the D.C. Chapter appeared in Borderstan online news. It was posted online on February 20, 2013.
You can also follow GNG Washington, D.C. on Facebook.
Guitars Not Guns on iTunes - January 12, 2013
Gregg Hammond's GNG Guitar Anthem "Set Me Free" is now available for download on Apple's iTunes. The download is only $.99 with all profits going to GNG.
You can also watch a video of Gregg showing how the song is played as well as a video of the song with the lyrics displayed.
Here you can download a .PDF file of the guitar tabs and lyrics.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM GNG FOUNDER RAY NELSON - December 18, 2012
My heart goes out to the parents an relatives of those that were killed at Newtown. It seems more tragic in a way since so many children were killed. This is one more wake up call for all of us that are against gun violence. I plan on working harder to offer an alternative to gun violence through the Guitars not Guns Music Program. Gun violence is real and it happens everyday.
New Film - June 18, 2012
There is a new short film out that those of you interested in Guitars Not Guns' programs and goals might want to take a look at. As filmmaker Brian Papish wrote us, the film is about: "... an after school music studio that has enriched the lives of high school students and pushed them beyond creative boundaries in order to help them finish their GEDs. These students come from broken homes and are rarely given a chance like this, so it is a wonderful example of the opportunity of youth music education and also along the goals of Guitars not Guns."
Brian is with Glass Embassy production company.
You can view the film here.
Washington, D.C. Chapter News - April 2012
Washington, D.C. Chapter President Gregg Hammond is featured in a very nice story in the online Examiner
And there's a great interview with Gregg at dcmusicdownload.com
There is also a very nice piece at the "Jeff-for-progress" blogspot
Also check out the videos of Gregg's "The GNG Guitar Anthem" on our media page
The D.C. Lottery honored GNG with a Gold Community Service Award
The Kenya Connection - April 2012
Great story from Peachtree City, GA
Athens, GA Chapter in the News - October 2011
The Athens, GA chapter got some nice press coverage in the Athens Banner-Herald
California in the News - October 2011
The recent October edition of "Alamo Today" has a very nice article about the California chapter of Guitars Not Guns. Please see the article starting on page one and continuing on pages 20 and 21.
In The News - June 2011
Florida Chapter President Val Steinberg in the news in the Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Guitars Not Guns Receives Congressional Certificate - June 2011
GNG Founder and CEO Ray Nelson accepts a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Ben Spears (left) and Michael Steele (right) of Congressman John Lewis' office at The Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta on June 22, 2011.
Very Cool! High School Teens Make A CD For GNG! And you can buy your own copy!
A GNG Graduation on TV
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. - Maya Angelou
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. - Bob Marley
Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins. - Carlos Santana
I don't look at music from the standpoint of being a musician; I look at it from the standpoint of being a human being. - Herbie Hancock
It isn't where you came from, its where you're going that counts. - Ella Fitzgerald
The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. - B. B. King
We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so. – B. B. King
For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness. - Reba McEntire
Warning Signs Of Youth Violence
"Being on either end of a violent situation, whether you seem to have come out with the upper hand or whether you don't seem to, it doesn't resolve anything. It escalates the problem. Hatred leads to more hatred. Violence leads to more violence." - Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys
Violence. It's the act of purposefully hurting someone. And it's a major issue facing today's young adults. One in 12 high schoolers is threatened or injured with a weapon each year. If you're between the ages of 12 and 24, you face the highest risk of being the victim of violence. At the same time, statistics show that by the early 1990's the incidence of violence caused by young people reached unparalleled levels in American society. There is no single explanation for the overall rise in youth violence. Many different factors cause violent behavior. The more these factors are present in your life, the more likely you are to commit an act of violence.
Helping Troubled Youth
October 10, 2009 - The San Mateo chapter just completed a Level I class held at Camp Glenwood, which serves high-risk young men who are facing extended detention in Juvenile Hall or who would have been sentenced to long-term incarceration in a secure California Youth Authority facility. The class was arranged with the assistance of the Honorable Marta S. Diaz, Supervising Judge of the Juvenile Court, San Mateo County Superior Court. There thirteen students, and all graduated. In fact, the scores on the written test were among the highest in the history of the San Mateo County chapter. In addition to learning the basics of guitar, the class worked on songs by Santana and Chuck Berry. Chris Quinn, Jude Damasco, and John Allured co-taught the class.
Playing A Musical Instrument Helps Brain
BOSTON, Nov. 6, 2008 (UPI)
Children who play a musical instrument for at least three years outperform children with no music training on verbal ability, U.S. researchers said.
The study, published online in the journal PLoS ONE, found that children who study a musical instrument for at least three years outperform children with no instrumental training -- not only in tests of auditory discrimination and finger dexterity, but on tests measuring verbal ability and visual pattern completion -- skills not normally associated with music.
Drs. Gottfried Schlaug and Ellen Winner of Harvard Medical School in Boston tracked 41 8-11-year-old children who had studied either piano or a string instrument for a minimum of three years and compared them to 18 children who had no instrumental training. Children in both groups spent 30-40 minutes per week in general music classes at school, but those in the instrumental group also received private lessons learning an instrument.The researchers also found that the longer and more intensely the child had studied his or her instrument, the better he or she scored on these tests.
In 2005, 11,346 persons were killed by firearm violence and 477,040 persons were victims of a crime committed with a firearm. Most murders in the United States are committed with firearms, especially handguns.
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