Archive for: August, 2015

Oregon’s First Graduating Class!

Congratulations Oregon! The first graduating class of the Guitars not Guns Music Program in the State of Oregon graduated nine students on August 24, 2015, at the Neighbors for Kids Facility on the Central Coast, Lincoln County. The eight week beginner and intermediate classes were taught by Richard Salazar, founder and president of the Oregon…

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The Guitar Saved My Son

Every so often people will tell us their stories via our website. It’s their way of saying, “Hey, I like what you’re doing. Let me tell you a story about why I think what you do is so important.” We love hearing these stories. Sometimes the stories are sad, sometimes they’re uplifting, but they’re always…

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The Maryland chapter of GNG is dedicated to the memory of Allen J Whitt whose life was tragically cut short by gun violence.

Maryland Chapter Honors Fallen Son

On January 1st, 2014, Allen J Whitt Jr.’s life was cut tragically short when when he was killed by a single gunshot. The perpetrator was a young man who chose theft and violence as a way of life. Allen had a gift and passion for music and the guitar and so it seemed only fitting…

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dweezil zappa on chopped to support guitars not guns.

Dweezil Makes Guitars not Guns Proud!

On Tuesday August 18th, Dweezil Zappa appeared on Food Network’s “Chopped” in an attempt to win $10,000 for our charity, the Guitars not Guns Music Program. Dweezil sailed through the appetizer and entre rounds to face Foreigner’s Kelly Hansen in the dessert round. Unfortunately, Dweezil was just edged out by Kelly’s dessert. No worries, Dweezil!…

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Making Music in Oregon

Oregon USA’s First Guitars not Guns Chapter Began in June of 2015 on the Central Coast of Oregon. Partnering with Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay,Oregon, the under served community is embracing the charity music program started by veteran teacher and founder Richard Salazar. “We are looking to reach new volunteers in Oregon who want…

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Oakland is BACK!

The Alameda County chapter of GNG is striking all the right chords with kids in Oakland. Andrea President leads the chapter which is showcased here in a nice story by Inside Bay Area News. Check out the story and video included in the link.


Dweezil Zappa Helps GNG!

We are excited to announce that guitarist extraordinaire, Dweezil Zappa, will appear on a rock celebrity edition of “Chopped” on the Food Network in an attempt to win $10,000 for our charity!   Premiering Tuesday, August 18th at 10pm – “Rock Stars” Four rock stars with a passion for cooking (Lita Ford, Kelly Hansen, Eddie Ojeda and Dweezil Zappa) take…

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