The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts will host a concert to benefit the Clarksburg Chapter of Guitars for Vets on Saturday, May 13, in the Wallman Hall Auditorium.
The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance through Billy Trivett (G4VClarksburg@hotmail.com). All proceeds from ticket sales and raffles will go to the Clarksburg Chapter of G4V. The organization also accepts both financial donations and donated musical instruments.
The concert will feature Pantasia, the Preston High Jazz Band and Stepping Stone, as well as performances by the Clarksburg and Salem, Va., chapters of Guitars for Vets. Guitars for Vets (G4V) is a national 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that offers guitar lessons to veterans struggling with physical injuries, PTSD and other emotional distress. G4V pursues its mission to share the healing power of music by providing veterans free guitar instruction, a new acoustic guitar and a guitar accessory kit. Weekly guitar lessons are individualized and designed to help students learn at their own pace, and the program is staffed entirely by volunteers.
The Clarksburg Chapter of G4V is the only chapter in West Virginia. Billy Trivett, the Chapter Coordinator, has recently expanded the program to include weekly lessons in Fairmont, Clarksburg, Morgantown and Shinnston. In Fairmont, the program is sponsored by Fairmont State University and is run by Prof. Brian F. Wright and students from the Department of Music. Wright’s Tuesday night class was recently featured in the University’s “From the School of the Fine Arts” video series (https://vimeo.com/212640811).