Student Guitar Show gains interest of regional newspaper, TV
Newspaper and TV reporters came to the Red Wing campus on May 10 to cover the Student Guitar Show. Here are links to TV, newspaper, and social media coverage. Congratulations to our students for building some phenomenal guitars!
: “Professional Guitarists play guitars created by Red Wing college students”
Rochester Post-Bulletin story: Pickers strum new instruments at SE Technical in Red Wing
Rochester Post-Bulletin Slide Show (10 additional photos)
Rochester Post Bulletin Video
Southeast Technical Facebook page photo set (you have to be on FB and be logged in to view)
Dozens of newly-built acoustic guitars and mandolins as well as electric guitars and basses were on display at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical on Tuesday, May 10 from 12 noon to 2:30 pm on the Red Wing campus.
Chris Silver, Phil Heywood and Mike Cramer gave concerts featuring the finished acoustic instruments, giving students the exciting opportunity to hear their guitars played by professional guitarists for the very first time on stage.
STUDENT GUITAR SHOW
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Noon to 2:30 pm
Red Wing campus, 308 Pioneer Road
Red Wing, MN
As the 2016 school year comes to a close, students in the lutherie programs at the college are finishing a year's worth of work building an array of beautiful new instruments:
- In the first year Guitar Repair and Building program, all students build a flattop steel string guitar. They also have the option to build an electric guitar or bass. First year students have built more than 20 acoustic and 15 electric guitars/basses.
- In the second year Guitar Development and Production program, students build at least one arched instrument - such as an archtop guitar or a mandolin - as well as acoustic and electric instruments of their own design. Second year students have built approximately 15 acoustic guitars, 8 archtop guitars, 7 mandolins, and 5 electric guitars/basses. Many of these instruments feature complex finishing techniques and inlay work.
In addition, students in the Violin Repair program have the option to build a violin; some of their instruments may be on display as well.
Not only are the instruments beautiful, they sound fantastic, and we had the opportunity to hear them played by some of the region's best guitarists:
About the Musicians
Guitarist Mike Cramer is a music major from the University of Northern Iowa. His award-winning flatpicking technique has earned him championship titles in both the Minnesota State Fair Flatpicking Competition and Wisconsin's Upper-Midwest Flatpicking Contest. A fluid and powerful guitarist, Mike is as comfortable playing jazz standards as he is playing Bill Monroe instrumentals. He currently plays guitar in The Good Intentions with Chris Silver.
Fingerstyle guitarist Phil Heywood has been based in Minneapolis-St. Paul since the mid-1980s, performing locally and regionally while also establishing himself in the greater guitar and acoustic music world. In 1986 he won the National Fingerpicking Championship, and followed up in 1987 by winning the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Competition. He plays with a bluesy swing and tone, lyricism, and groove.
A veteran of Stoney Lonesome, Tangled Roots, and the Kate Mackenzie Band, Chris Silver now plays with The Good Intentions. He is an award-winning flatpicking guitarist and an accomplished fiddle and mandolin player. Chris is featured on many recordings that showcase his ability as a guitarist, stretching beyond the boundaries of traditional bluegrass into jazz, blues, roots, and global music.