Carroll Community College Presents Spring Guitar Workshops

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Sylvia Blair, Carroll Community College, 410-386-8411
Press Release

Carroll Community College (Carroll) announces two new spring guitar workshops for students and community members who demonstrate various levels of musical ability and interests. Carroll is located at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster, Md.

“Participating in music workshops is an invaluable experience for aspiring musicians, enthusiasts, and general music lovers alike. In addition to gaining valuable skills to develop your musicianship, workshops also give participants the rare opportunity to interact and receive personal feedback from talented guest artists. Whether you are looking to pursue a career in music, or just listen and play for personal enjoyment, workshop participation is a great way to hone your performance skills and develop your knowledge of music,” said Eric McCullough, director of Music at Carroll.

On March 11, 2017, at 3 p.m., the college will feature Jeff Lane, a regional guitarist from the successful Baltimore Hard Rock band Violence in Vanity. The event will take place in the T building, room T404, in the PNC Rehearsal Hall. Lane will be teaching a rock guitar workshop where he will discuss being a self- taught musician, his unorthodox styling, and improvisation. Lane will also be discussing other topics relevant to successful musicians including branding and etiquette both on and off-stage.

Participants may actively engage during the workshop and can participate in a question and answer session with Lane following the event. In addition to guitarists, individuals seeking general musicianship guidance would benefit from this workshop. Later that evening at 7:30 p.m., Lane will perform with his band in a local band showcase located in the Theater in the Scott Center at Carroll. Admission for the local band showcase is $10 for general admission. For faculty, staff, students and senior adults, admission is $5. 

Participants may call McCullough at 410-386-8537 or email for more information or to R.S.V.P.

On April 6, 2017, at 5 p.m., the college will host the guitar manufacturing company Paul Reed Smith Guitars (PRS Guitars) who will present national recording artist and PRS Guitars demonstrator, Bryan Ewald. The location of the event is the T building, room T404, in the PNC Rehearsal Hall.

Ewald is a seasoned performer who has played with a variety of well-known regional and national bands. Ewald is a session musician, writer and producer.

The PRS Guitar clinic will discuss the history, craftsmanship and ease of play of PRS Guitars.  In addition, Ewald will delve into different musical styles. He will demonstrate the following techniques: creative layering of textures for both recording and performance opportunities, and looping for practice and performance purposes. He will also teach skills improvement in a group setting during the workshop.

Ewald will be demonstrating several PRS instruments and discussing using different guitars for different situations. He will share professional experiences, including how he started playing guitar, what is the most difficult part in learning and how to be hired as a musician. The workshop will include tips on “call backs” for gigs and sessions. Ewald is the PRS Guitars’ official demonstrator.

Following the workshop, participants may engage in a question and answer session.

This PRS Guitar clinic is open to the public and is free of charge. Guitarists and music enthusiasts are welcomed!

Space in room T404 is limited. Participants are encouraged to R.S.V.P by calling McCullough at 410-386-8537 or emailing