Meeting April 7th, 2015


Mark Williams — Joachin Turina, Fandanguillo

John Swinnerton (own compositions) — Staffordshire Suite-Parts 1 and 2

Jim Malachi  —  Something in the way she moves / If you could read my mind


Bill Graham  — Etude in Em by Francisco Tarrega and Pensando en Ti (Thinking of You) by Eduardo Diaz

Arturo Ville and Sam Cooper  —   When the Bloom is on the Sage,  Nat Vincent and Fred Howard and The Truck  Drivin Man, Terry Fell

Mark Williams and Grant Ruiz – Sevillanas

Cyd Smith — Valse des Petites Filles, Trad. and El Sueño de la Muñequita, Augustin Barrios Mangoré

Grant Ruiz – Homage to Paco de Lucia (own composition), Zorongo Gitano

Arturo Ville  (own compositions) — 1. Alma Latina    2. No Te Olvides De Mí


Grant Ruiz was elected President at the last Board meeting on March 16. As such, he will run the meetings when present. Thanks to Roma Sprung for her many years of service. Sam Cooper continues as Secretary, and newly elected Board member Mark Williams will take up Treasurer duties later in the year.

Grant stressed the importance of paying dues to maintain annual logistical costs such as venue insurance for concerts, state non-profit dues, website fees, and also to generate revenue to pay for venues for small acts who play for the door.

Paschal has been a very gracious host to the JCGS, and meeting attendees are strongly encouraged to support them by buying glasses and/or bottles of wine, joining the wine club, or at least leaving a generous tip for those like Cheryl who give up their evening to keep the tasting room open.

Webmaster Arturo Ville volunteered record people’s performances during the meeting to give players the option of putting them on a YouTube channel  for the JCGS. He recorded many of the evenings performances, which can be viewed by clicking the links above in the PROGRAM list.

Former JCGS member Jaxon Williams has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship for a year’s study in Spain. We wish him well!

Mark Williams suggested we consider adding lectures or lecture/demo sessions to future meetings, e.g., on historical guitar figures, strings, musical periods, etc. Please contact to make a proposal to do so.

In a future meeting, perhaps starting in May, the guitar society meetings will include a short sight-reading ensemble session where guitarists in the audience can try out easy guitar parts, with more experienced sight readers leading.


Arturo Ville will perform May 2 at the Grants Pass Wine and Stroll event.

Grant Ruiz will perform with Dan Fellman at Belle Fiore Winery on April 9 and with flamenco dancer Elena Villa on April 25 and 26.

Andrew York and Alex DeGrassi will perform April 18 at the SOU Music Recital Hall as part of the GAIA Project.

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