Josephine Butler Parks Center and Classical Guitar Ceremonies Inc- January 2016 


Classical Guitar Ceremonies provided music for a wedding ceremony at the The Josephine Butler Parks Center, "a historic 40-room Renaissance Revival mansion dramatically situated on an elevated, landscaped half-acre overlooking Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, provides an excellent venue for a wide variety of events. Conferences, staff retreats, workshops, meetings, recitals, concerts, theatrical performances, weddings, receptions, parties--all are among the many events welcomed at the Parks Center. " 



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Aimee Custis Photography

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Classical Guitar Ceremonies Inc. is excited to be part of the Little Black Book -  for Washington DC weddings and Virginia weddings – an invite only collection of vendors from the well-known blog Style Me Pretty. 

This vendor guide is useful as they do a really nice job of highlighting weddings with professional photos that we happened to be providing music for. This gives our clients a good feel for the type of the event  and style of wedding we  provide music for.


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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:06

Tampa Florida Wedding Guitar Interview

As a follow up to our previous post with Ben back stage with Paul Simon and James Taylor we asked him a few general questions regarding his services and background for the Tampa Florida weddings and corporate events he manages. 


When did you start playing?
I was 12 and obsessed with Metallica and Ozzy Osborne. Got into classical guitar because I went to a performing arts high school that--unbeknownst to me--switched from jazz/electric guitar the year before to classical when I started. I had no choice, but Ozzy's guitarist Randy Rhoads was "classically trained" so I warmed up to the idea. Slowly. After a while, I realized I wasn't too bad at it.

What is your favorite music period performace wise for guitar?
My favorite songs to play don't come from any one period. I like to play songs that everyone recognizes and/or enjoys. Weather it's Bach or the Beatles, Mozart or Metallica, Flamenco or Fun., if it sounds good and people enjoy hearing it, I like to play it. If I HAD to choose just one style/period, I would say 20th century Spanish and Latin dances (tangos, waltzes, flamenco forms, etc.) are my favorite…or finger style arrangements of popular songs. See, I can't decide.

Why should clients use guitar for there weddings?
Live music during a wedding ceremony adds a touch of elegance and class that recorded music can't provide, and classical guitar is one of the most beautiful sounds on earth. The combination of elegance and beauty provides the perfect soundtrack for a memorable wedding ceremony.

What school did you go to?
I think you could say I liked school because I spent 9.5 years in college! I did my undergrad at FSU in Tallahassee, my master's degree at Juilliard in New York City, and my doctorate at USC in Los Angeles. All in Music with and emphasis on guit-fiddle performance.

Do you perform solo concerts? Travel?
I do perform solo concerts and travel fairly often for gigs. These days I'm based in Tampa, FL and play all over the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater area. I also perform in parts of Miami for the Nation YoungArts Foundation and in New York City on behalf Juilliard. I travel elsewhere, too, but those are my three main regions.

Do you know your area well?
Born and raised in Tampa so I know the area quite well.

The Sirata Hotel and Resort, St. Petersburg, FL --

The Sirata Hotel and Resort was a beautiful setting for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour I played recently (March 8 if you want date). The ceremony was staged on the Sirata breezeway with a gorgeous view of the beach and ocean. The cocktail hour was in the outdoor Grotto which is an ideal setting for a cocktail hour: ample space, subtle landscaping, great food and drink, and a spot atop the stairs for a guitarist to play in plain view. The wedding planners were a pleasure to work with. I highly recommended this venue!

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Classical Guitar Ceremonies Inc is proud to announce is has received Wedding Wires 100 Review Club (we have over 140...)

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Classical Guitar Ceremonies Inc. provided music for the cocktail hour at the Smithsonian for a Kennedy Center Gala. Hats off the to the light and table setting crew! 

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Monday, 15 July 2013 18:58


Katherine has performed in the United States and Europe, and has been featured as a guest artist at the Bethlehem Guitar Festival, the Charlton Kings International Guitar Festival (England), on the BBC, and at the Dutch and Finish Embassies in Washington, DC.  Recent performances have taken her to Mendocino, CA, Bethlehem, PA, Fairfax, Virginia, Washington, DC, Honolulu, Hawaii, Portland and Brunswick, Maine and the Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia.  

She has won the Rising Stars Recital Competition and has received the Levine Faculty Development Grant, the Peabody Career Development Grant, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival's Perfoming Associate Award, and has been a three-time recipient of the Levine Performance Grant.  

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The United with Love blog from Washington DC/ Virginia posted a bog article that included Classical Guitar Ceremonies. The post has several nice photographs for anyone planning an outdoor wedding ceremony. The article may be read here: GO and here: GO

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Congrats Andrew!

Andrew McEvoy- Classical Guitar Ceremonies Inc's Richmond and Central Virginia manager performed for CBS "Virginia this Morning" Click Here to watch.

 Classical Guitarist Andrew McEvoy performed live during "Virginia this Morning," on WTVR Richmond, a CBS affiliate station. Andrew McEvoy is Classical Guitar Ceremonies' regional manager for Central Virginia. This was his first live television appearance after a long career of concerts, special events and radio appearances. Andrew played three pieces - "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" by F. Tárrega, "Hommage a Tárrega" by J. Turina, and "La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin" by C. Débussy.

For information regarding event/wedding music in Richmond VA please contact;

Andrew McEvoy Central Virginia/Richmond- Regional Manager


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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:06


Jimmy has performed in concert halls throughout North America and Western Europe as a featured artist at many guitar and music festivals, including: The Siena Sessions for Music in Siena, Italy; Le Domaine Forget Festival in Saint-Irenee, Quebec City; the Tennessee Guitar Festival in Murfreesboro, TN; the National Guitar Summer Workshop in Nashville, TN; the Darton Guitar Workshop in Albany, GA; the South Georgia Performing Arts Ballet in Moultrie,GA; the Viscaya Renaissance Festival in Miami, FL; and the Florida Music Educator's Conference in Tampa, FL.

Jimmy is a very accomplished solo performer, having won awards in guitar competitions on the state, regional, and national levels. These awards include: National
Finalist for the Music Teachers National Association’s (MTNA) Collegiate Guitar Competition; Winner of the Tennessee Music Teacher Association’s Collegiate Guitar
Competition; and First Prize at the Beethoven Club 25th Anniversary Young Artist Competition.

Jimmy possesses a Doctor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Florida State University, where he served as a teaching assistant to the world-renowned guitarist/pedagogue Bruce Holzman. He has studied in master classes with Pepe Romero, William Kanengiser, Eduardo Fernandez, Oscar Ghiglia, Andrew York, David Leisner, Ernesto Bitetti, and David Tannenbaum.

Jimmy is in great demand as a teacher and has taught master classes in multiple styles including: various classical styles, Van Halen, and Jimi Hendrix. For his
doctoral treatise he presented a lecture and performance based on Justin Holland, America’s Pioneer of the American Guitar. He has founded various guitar programs in the Tampa Bay Area, Nashville, Tallahassee, and Southern Georgia. He is currently the Director of Guitar Studies at the Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, FL and manages a thriving private guitar studio. Jimmy's students have achieved a 100% acceptance rate by successfully auditioning for many of the top learning institutions in the country. 

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013 11:35


Dr. Adam Pettit has engaged audiences across the United States, Canada, and Mexico with performances characterized by the Los Angeles Times as "meditative," and "brilliantly colored, articulated and focused." Locally, he has performed at a number of established venues such as the American Guitar Society, KPFK's Global Village, LACMA's Sundays Live, and the Los Angeles Bach Festival. Dr. Pettit is also an experienced chamber musician, most
notably with the award-winning Helios Guitar Quartet, with whom he recently performed at the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America Convention in Columbus, GA. Dr. Pettit earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore in the studio of Julian Gray. He then continued his studies at the University of Southern California, where he earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of William Kanengiser, James Smith, Brian Head, and Pepe Romero.

In addition to his solo appearances, Dr. Pettit collaborates with a number of ensembles in Southern California. Past appearances include the Santa Barbara Master Chorale, the South Coast Symphony, and most recently, the Orange County Guitar

Dr. Pettit serves on the guitar faculty at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Orange Coast College.

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