GUITAR: An Evening with an Expert
June 18, July 2, July 23, & August 13 | 6 – 8:30 p.m.
$8/member & $12/non-member | Price includes admission to the GUITAR exhibition & light appetizers. Tickets are limited.
Meet some of the experts, collectors, and luthiers that have made Bozeman’s guitar industry what it is today. Hear their stories, learn about the nuances that make each guitar unique, and listen to their handmade guitars. After the presentation in the auditorium, enjoy light appetizers in the Main Lobby and explore the GUITAR exhibition.
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June 18 with Don Ruffato and Robi Johns, Gibson Acoustic Guitars
Robi Johns is the Director of the Sales and Marketing support department at Gibson Acoustics in Bozeman and has held this position since 1990. Consequently, Robi has extensive experience in the product development of Gibson Acoustics, particularly with global artists, as Robi spent many years as a performing artist himself.
Don Ruffatto holds the position of Senior Product Specialist at Gibson Acoustics. A life-long musician, he has been a part of the Gibson team here in Bozeman for 23 years. Along with dealer support, Don travels extensively doing product training sessions, trade shows, and public presentations for Gibson.
July 2 with Daniel Roberts, Daniel Roberts Stringworks
Daniel Roberts has been making guitars, mandolins, and banjos for over 20 years. But it wasn't until a few years ago that he branched out on his own and started making guitars his way. Harking back to the classic guitars of the 30's and 40's, Dan has invented a line of signature guitars all his own: the "Minstrel" and the "Troubadour". Clients who have owned guitars by some of the most revered names in the business consider their new Roberts guitar to represent a whole new level of guitar for them. Dan also specializes in developing custom instruments for musicians, with some creations being completely new to the luthier world. But perhaps his greatest reward is collaborating with musicians everyday, and putting a little bit of his soul into every instrument he makes.
July 23 with Michael Videon
Director of the Montana State University guitar program, Michael Videon teaches Applied Music, Guitar Ensemble, and Guitar in Class. He performs frequently both as a soloist and in a variety of ensemble settings. He has performed as a guest artist at both the Portland and the Northwest Guitar Festivals. He served as director of the 2003 Northwest Festival which was hosted by MSU. Mr. Videon received a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Jeffrey Van. He has performed in master classes with Eduardo Fernandez, Christopher Parkening, and David Tannenbaum among others. He has been a member of the music faculty at MSU since 1997.
August 13 with Mario Minor, Jr.
Growing up on and around the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, Lakota/Nakoda music artist, Mario Miner Jr. developed an undying connection with the blues and rock & roll music at a very young age. Wielding a 4-string guitar named "Howlin Duke", which he built out of other broken guitars and junk parts that were laying around his house, Mario infuses his cultural roots, storytelling, a strong passion for playing music, along with his humorous demeanor and molds it into a unique live show that people of all ages can enjoy.