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    Free Guitar and Bass Celebration Slated at Duquesne

    Guitar and bass enthusiasts of all ages are invited to enhance and refine their skills with the Mary Pappert School of Music's guitar and bass faculty and other experts at a free, one-day festival on Friday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on campus.

    The Duquesne University Guitar and Bass Celebration will feature national performance and pedagogy experts from the music school's faculty, including Bill Purse, Ken Karsh and Joe Negri, and special guests like Roland clinician Robert Marcello. Novice and experienced tracks are available in jazz, guitar, bass, classical/acoustic and contemporary/rock.

    Participants will also be eligible for a drawing of prizes, including a Godin Freeway Classic electric guitar, a Martin D-1E acoustic guitar and a Fender Standard Precision bass.

    The Guitar and Bass Celebration is dedicated to the memory of Bill Schultz, the late chief executive officer of Fender Musical Instruments and former Duquesne student, in honor of his commitment to guitar and bass education.

    Sponsors for the event include Fender Musical Instruments, Fishman, Godin Guitars, Martin Guitars, Roland USA, Alfred Music Publishing, the Carnegie Science Center, MCG Jazz and the Pittsburgh Jazz Society.

    Call 412.396.5866 or email pursew@duq.edu for more information.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.