Happy Memorial Day 2016. Thankful for all who served, which includes our own Bob Benedetto and Howard Paul!
“All gave some, some gave all.”
Here are a few photos of Benedetto’s participation in this week’s very important NAMM Washington DC Fly-in Advocacy program raising awareness and helping lawmakers understand and fund music education in America’s most disadvantaged school districts. Leaders of musical instrument manufacturers, retailers, publishers and educators joins celebrities including Bernie Williams, KebMo, Eric Paslay, Citizen Cope and Tim Robbins worked together for music education.
Flashback Friday to Happy Hour at Benedetto Guitars in Savannah, 2009 (always with Miner Wines, of course!)
Bob Benedetto, Jack Harris (with his custom Bravo Deluxe S1706) and Howard Paul.
We just re-stocked our Signature Black Benedetto Guitar Straps, and as usual, we don’t carry a lot of inventory. So, if you want one, like pictured here on Benedetto player Taylor Roberts and on our Prez Howard Paul (joined by Dr. Nick Passele, Joe Pass’ younger brother), you can get yours at Benedetto Gear (along with lots of other merchandise and accessories).
The 35th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival is set to take over our fair city September 18-26, for which Benedetto has always been a major sponsor!
A little about our artwork this year: jazz piano legend, composer, arranger and multi-Grammy recipient Bob James created this instrumental bird-in-flight in 2013 specifically for the Savannah Jazz Festival. Sadly, bassist Ben Tucker passed away the year that Bob’s art was to be featured, and CJA’s Tom Kenkel created a Ben Tucker tribute poster in its place.
This year we are honored and grateful to feature Bob’s art! It is a tribute to his years living on Skidaway Island, and takes its form from a photo Bob took from the marsh near his home.
Savannah College of Art and Design Materials and Techniques Class visited Benedetto last week!
From left to right: Professor John Peirson, Lauren Hartt, Lulu LaFortune, Sydney Hake, Ashton Fell, Suyang Dai and our own Howard Paul.
This week, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) members, including our own Howard Paul, gather in Washington, D.C. to “stand up for music education” and to serve as advocates for the right of every child to learn and grow with music.
With the passage of the federal education law –Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – NAMM members, artists and other industry influencers will meet with their Congressional Representatives to thank them for passing ESSA, and to reinforce the importance of music being designated as significant to a well-rounded education. Source
Photograph of the 2015 delegation.