Guitar Program Benefit Concert this Saturday!

Dan Rubright, professional guitarist and composer and Director of Arts and Community Partnerships at Grand Center Arts Academy, will perform with his trio, The Wire Pilots at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Mildred Bastion Theater on the campus of Forest Park Community College, 5600 Oakland Ave. St Louis, MO 63110. It is a free concert, and the group will play one set without intermission. (The set will run a little over an hour) Joining Mr. Rubright will be Ted Rubright, percussion, Ric Vice, bass and GCAA student and special guest, Daniel Schmidt, violin, who will make his improvisational debut! The Wire Pilots perform original Latin inflected jazz works with engaging melodies and exciting improvisational elements. Donations to Grand Center Arts Academy Guitar Fund will be accepted Saturday night. Donations will go towards funding a guitar instructor who will head after school guitar classes for beginning and intermediate students, starting in January, 2013. Mr. Rubright a life long guitarist who developed a love for the guitar in middle school. He has taught at the university level for 20 years, while performing with top groups in St. Louis. He has lead several of his own jazz, rock and experimental groups. "I know the power of music-because it helped shape my life and has given me so much joy, satisfaction and meaning-and it has paid me back in countless ways. I strongly support GCAA's goal of offering an outstanding and lasting guitar program, which will allow our students the opportunity to explore, and hopefully fall in love with the instrument the way I did."