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Our mission

The Greater Cincinnati Guitar Society exists to cultivate an inclusive community rooted in culture through guitar education and performance for everyone. As the world's most popular instrument, we strive to connect communities and bring all people together through the joy of music and art.


The Greater Cincinnati Guitar Society was founded in 1959 by Warren E. Coffey (our first President), under the name Cincinnati Society of the Classic Guitar. Charter members included: George J. Marks, R.J. Di Salvo, Juanita Coffey, Dr. Mathias Vega, Wayne Gatwood and Raymond Hopmann. In the late 60's to mid-70's the Society went by the name Friends Of The Classic Guitar. Past Presidents and prime movers of the Society include: Bob Mercer, Garrett Curtis, Judy Handler, Rodney Stucky, Renee Odom, Richard Goering, Amy Brucksch among many others. 

The Society was formed with the promise of fulfilling a need in Cincinnati’s rich cultural landscape. The prime movers for this rebirth were Robert Brown, Chris Hubbard, Garrett Curtis, and Greg Reedy. The Society is open to all styles that represent the best of what guitar has to offer.

Meet the Board

Thank you to the board members who volunteer their time

to enrich the world of guitar in and around Cincinnati!

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