On Friday, Feb. 17, young musicians came to campus to compete and listen to music from experienced guitar players. Though competing and listening to toe-tapping music was a major part of the festival, organizers said education was the main objective.
“We have a a large education component to this festival,” said Guitar Instructor Robert Gibson. “We bring in students from middle school age through high school and college, participating in master classes and in concerts.”
The Guitar Festival is not only a learning experience for students of all ages, but is also a time for musicians to connect and talk about what they love.
“I love sharing music,” Gibson said. “I think that’s the most important thing. Whether that’s just sharing music with myself or with other people in an intimate setting or in a larger concert venue. It’s good to hear people from all all variety of places playing a variety of repertoire and sharing in those experiences.”
Since its first festival in 2012, TROY’s Guitar Festival has brought musicians from across the nation together.