The South Bay Guitar Society
For many years I was primarily responsible for the South Bay Guitar Society as President and Artistic Director. As a founding member in 1986 and the president for most of the 90's, I oversaw the growth of the Society from a small group of guitar nuts to a non-profit arts organization presenting major artists and producing a number of monthly programs with a reputation for artistic excellence. We received funding from local, regional and state arts councils, each of which applauded our efforts. It took an enormous amount of volunteer effort and recruitment and not a little personal sacrifice. It was extremely gratifyng to bring artists and audiences together. That was where the big pay-off was -- the crowd's enthusiastic response, usually asking for an encore or two. Also, getting to know such extremely talented guitarists was a real perk. We all were thrilled to be up close and personal with such artistry and beautiful music. SBGS continues today until the tremendous leadership of noted guitar educator Jerry Snyder, well-known author of dozens of guitar books used throughout the country. An excellent board of directors continues the management of SBGS today. Please visit to see what SBGS currently offers. By the way, my wife, Alison, made the logo. It still looks great. 
72  N. 5th Street, #18, San Jose, CA 95113.  
E-mail: Tel. 408/292-0704. Tom Ingalz, Office manager and Vice President
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Jerry Snyder

San Francisco Guitar Quartet5/17/2003Le Petit Trianon
Rico & Becca Stover with Ramon Romero4/26/2003Le Petit Trianon,
Ricardo Cobo3/29/2003Le Petit Trianon
Johan Fostier2/22/2003Palo Alto Cultural Center
WIlliam Kanengiser masterclass11/29/02Santa Clara University
Dusan Bogdanovic10/26/2002Montgomery Theater
Martha Masters class and Concert11/17/02 De Anza College, Le Petit Trianon
Marco Pereira10/26/2002Montgomery Theater
Peppino D'Agostino10/26/2002Montgomery Theater
Brian Gore10/26/2002Montgomery Theater
Ricardo Iznaola class, Arts Express and concert4/18,19,20 2002 Le Petit Trianon
Cem Duruoz and Muriel Anderson, DAS3/9/02 The Stage Theater
San Francisco Guitar Quartet12/13/01  at St. Joseph Cathedral
Falla Guitar Trio5/15/1999Le Petit Trianon
Denis AzabagicFirst Unitarian Church of San Jose
Lily Afshar3/27/1999Le Petit Trianon
Lily Afshar3/26/1999Le Petit Trianon
Lily Afshar3/25/1999Le Petit Trianon
Keigo Fujii2/27/1999Le Petit Trianon
James Kline11/21/1998Le Petit Trianon
Judicaël Perroy11/7/1998Le Petit Trianon
Elena Papandreou10/24/1998Le Petit Trianon
Keni "El Lebrijano" Parker9/12/1998Lick Observatory
Peppino D'Agostino9/12/1998Lick Observatory
Christopher Parkening (produced by Montalvo Arts)7/24/1998Villa Montalvo
Woody Mann7/11/1998The Stage Theater
Brandon Yip7/11/1998The Stage Theater
Keni "El Lebrijano" Parker7/11/1998The Stage Theater
Carlos Molina5/9/1998Le Petit Trianonhttp://
Margarita Escarpa4/4/1998The Stage Theater
Lily Afshar3/14/1998Le Petit Trianon
Sharon Wayne3/3/1998Le Petit Trianon
Rico Stover3/3/1998Le Petit Trianon
Paulo Bellinati3/1/1998Union Church of Cupertino
Sharon Isbin Masterclass2/5/1998San Jose State University
Paul Galbraith1/31/1998Le Petit Trianon
Fabio Zanon11/22/1997Le Petit Trianon
Michael Bautista11/8/1997Le Petit Trianon
David Burgess10/24/1997Le Petit Trianon
William Coulter8/16/1997Lick Observatory
Susan McDonald8/16/1997Lick Observatory
Scott Nygaard7/12/1997The Stage Theater
James Kline7/12/1997The Stage Theater
Ken Brown7/12/1997The Stage Theater
Sharon Wayne5/24/1997Le Petit Trianon
Susan McDonald4/19/1997Le Petit Trianon
Harold Micay2/15/1997Le Petit Trianon
Lily Afshar1/24/1997Le Petit Trianon
Frank Longay and Longay Guitar Center Students12/8/1996Le Petit Trianon
Antigoni Goni11/21/1996Foothilll College
Rico Stover9/29/1996Le Petit Trianon
Ken Brown and Friends8/18/1996Le Petit Trianon
Peppino D'Agostino8/2/1996The Stage Theater
Mark Sessler8/2/1996The Stage Theater
David "El Escritor" Easley (deceased)8/2/1996The Stage Theater
Lawrence Ferrara6/30/1996Le Petit Trianon
Masakazu Ito5/19/1996Le Petit Trianon
Masakazu Ito Masterclass5/18/1996Le Petit Trianon
Carlos Barbosa-Lima Masterclass4/7/1996Le Petit Trianon
Carlos Barbosa-Lima4/6/1996Le Petit Trianon
Cem Duruöz2/25/1996Le Petit Trianon
Brandon Yip1/6/1996The Stage Theater
Sharon Wayne1/6/1996The Stage Theater
Neil Hogan1/6/1996The Stage Theater
David Dueñas1/6/1996The Stage Theater
David "El Escritor" Easley (deceased)1/6/1996The Stage Theater
Dancing On Strings Trio12/17/1995Le Petit Trianon
The Alma Duo11/26/1995Le Petit Trianon
Margarita Escarpa10/29/1995Le Petit Trianon
Marc Teicholz9/24/1995Le Petit Trianon
Sharon Wayne7/30/1995Le Petit Trianon
Brandon Yip6/25/1995Le Petit Trianon
Mariano Córdoba5/28/1995Le Petit Trianon
Dodini/Greathouse Guitar & Voice Duo4/30/1995Le Petit Trianon
Paul Galbraith3/26/1995Le Petit Trianon
Mori Achen2/26/1995Le Petit Trianon
Jack Olver1/29/1995Le Petit Trianon
Philip Roshegher10/30/1994Le Petit Trianon
The Panorpheus Flute & Guitar Duo8/28/1994Le Petit Trianon
Charles Hornaday7/31/1994Le Petit Trianon
Sharon Wayne6/26/1994Le Petit Trianon
Hector Garcia5/29/1994Le Petit Trianon
Kevin Gallegher4/24/1994Foothilll College
Lawrence Ferrara3/25/1994Le Petit Trianon
The Humboldt Guitar Quartet2/19/1994Le Petit Trianon
The Heartstrings Trio1/28/1994Saratoga Library
Cem Duruöz11/30/1993Saratoga Library
James and Chris Robinson Guitar & Piano Duo10/25/1993Saratoga Library
Jason Vieux Masterclass10/3/1993Community School of Music and Art
Jason Vieux10/2/1993Community School of Music and Art
Henriques and Hodges Guitar & Saxophone Duo9/27/1993Saratoga Library
Mori Achen7/26/1993Saratoga Library
Bennet Zussman6/28/1993Saratoga Library
Frank Longay and San Jose Talent Education6/28/1993Saratoga Library
Richard Patterson/Karen Bentley Guitar & Violin Duo5/24/1993Saratoga Library
Marc Teicholz4/26/1993home of Don and Sheila Call
Mariano Córdoba3/29/1993Saratoga Library
Alice Artzt Masterclass2/20/1993Foothilll College
Ray Burley2/20/1993Foothilll College
Charles Hornaday1/25/1993home of Don and Sheila Call
Angelo Favis12/28/1992Saratoga Library
Ken Brown10/26/1992Saratoga Library
McDowell/Schulze Duo9/28/1992Saratoga Library
Jim Ferguson8/31/1992Saratoga Library
Jamey Bellizzi7/27/1992San Jose Music Center
Kenny Hill6/29/1992Saratoga Library
Kevin and Lydia McDowell Guitar & Violin Duo5/25/1992Saratoga Library
Ken Andrade/Margaret Collar Guitar & Flute Duo5/25/1992Saratoga Library
Andrés Faz4/27/1992Saratoga Library
Gerd Wuestemann3/30/1992Saratoga Library
Peter Danner2/24/1992Saratoga Library
Jim Ferguson2/24/1992Saratoga Library
Kenny Hill2/24/1992Saratoga Library
Phat Nguyen1/27/1992Saratoga Library
Angelo Favis1/27/1992Saratoga Library
Hector Garcia11/25/1991Saratoga Library
Laurent DeBord11/25/1991Saratoga Library
Bennet Zussman11/25/1991Saratoga Library
Gerd Wuestemann10/28/1991Saratoga Library
Susan Winsberg/Daniel Roest Flute & Guitar Duo10/28/1991Saratoga Library
Guillermo Rios9/30/1991Saratoga Library
Bennet Zussman9/30/1991Saratoga Library
Andrés Faz6/29/1991Saratoga Library
Guillermo Rios4/29/1991Saratoga Library
Jessica Hollopeter3/25/1991Saratoga Library
Carlos Barbosa-LimaMontgomery Theater
Denis AzabagicFirst Unitarian Church
Brazilian Guitar Quartet (co-presented with SJCS)Le Petit Trianon
San Francisco Guitar QuartetCathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Michael ChapdelaineThe Stage Theater
Martha Masters MasterclassDe Anza College
Martha MastersLe Petit Trianon
Ian MalcolmArts Outreach
Tony Mc ManusArts Outreach
Franco MaroneArts Outreach
Martin MastikArts Outreach
David TanenbaumMontgomery Theater
Peppino D'AgostinoMontgomery Theater
Pedram Falsafi
Babak Falsafi
Falsafi Duo
Laurence JuberThe Stage Theater
Duck BakerThe Stage Theater
Acoustic ParadiseArts Outreach
Pepe HaroArts Outreach
William Coulter /Deby Benton-Grosjean Guitar & Violin DuoTapestry Arts Festival
Philip RoshegherTapestry Arts Festival
William Coulter and Benjamin VerderyLe Petit Trianon
Brandon YipArts Outreach
David Tanenbaum MasterclassFoothilll College
Muriel AndersonMontgomery Theater
Mimi FoxMontgomery Theater
Susan McDonaldMontgomery Theater
Muriel AndersonThe Stage Theater
Cem DuruözThe Stage Theater
Lorenzo Micheli
Kevin Gallagher
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION to the South Bay Guitar Society

The South Bay Guitar Society was founded to increase public awareness of the
arts, particularly those of the classical guitar. The Society was begun by luthier Lester DeVoe in San José in 1986 and has become one of the most active guitar societies in the U.S. The SBGS has earned a reputation for excellence with concerts featuring nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Free monthly gatherings of Friends of SBGS bring together fans of the classical guitar and presenters who instruct and enlighten. A monthly open mic at a local café provides a friendly stage for amateur classical players. School visits round out our public events calendar. Artists go out to San Jose and other South Bay schools to provide children with an introduction to the guitar: how it works, different styles of playing, an overview of its repertoire, and how they can find out more about it. The Society's newsletter, SBGS Forum, listing our events and the Bay Area classical guitar scene, has moved from paper to online. The Society has begun a TEACHER NETWORK to increase access to local teachers.

In 1991 Lester Devoe moved to Maine and Daniel Roest took over as SBGS president. A concert series in downtown San José was started in 1994 and quickly grew in attendance and prestige. An eight member board of directors and nonprofit status was established in1996 to transform SBGS into a non-profit arts organization partly supported by local government arts grants.  Concert ticket sales, member dues and concert subscriptions also serve to support our programs. For details on the Board of Directors and key personnel, see WHO'S WHO. For a complete schedule of concerts, see our CALENDAR. To get discounted admission or subscribe to the entire season, click on MEMBERSHIP.

Our activities serve the entire community of the South Bay Area. The guitar is the world's most popular instrument, and aficionados can be found in nearly every ethnic group represented in San Jose's population. We have made connections with the Latin American,Japanese-American, Persian-American (Iranian), Turkish-American and Greek-American communities through recent performances. Several of our concerts have earned prominent display in the center spreads of the entertainment sections of the San Jose Mercury News and Metro Newspapers. Our audiences continue to grow both in size and cultural diversity. The common artistic ground offered by the classical guitar offers an avenue of understanding and appreciation between members of all ethnic groups.



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