Gregg is one of the few that actually walks his talk. He is so amazing at what he does, and he truly is in it for the kids and his love of music. I have interviewed him on my radio show and we talked at length about the benefits of music, animals, and nature for not only the youth, but for anyone. If you have the opportunity to meet, work, volunteer, or interact with Gregg I highly recommend it. Guitars not Guns is a wonderful organization and we need so many more just like it, doing the good work and inspiring our youth to become the wonderful people we know they are and can.
I am priviledged to have met Greg Hammond when we both lived in Big Pine Key, FL approximately 1995. We met while he was playing for a band called "Lemongrass". We became very good friends. Since then life has taken us in different directions. He now lives in Washington and I live in KY. We have gotten back in touch through Facebook. I haven't had any personal experience with his organization "Guitars Not Guns", but I have had the opportunity to learn more about his cause. He has a real passion for what he does which is providing encouragement to children to get music in their lives! He does this with the hope that he can make a difference. He has a burning desire to keep these children off the streets away from violence and crime. He is the most self-less person I know and I am so proud of him.
Gregg is a phenomenal teacher. He really has a way of customizing his teaching so that each person can understand.
The work of Guitars Not Guns is even more important in today's economic environment where schools are cutting arts programs. GNG serves low-income children in DC whose parents cannot afford to purchase instruments or lessons for them. These children are also heavily at risk for joining gangs. GNG provides a positive and creative outlet - learning to play guitar - that helps introduce young children to the arts and lets them know that they have other options besides getting involved with violence. GNG has a lesson plan for the children who participate in the program - they learn all of the basic chords for guitar. Kids graduate from the program when they are able to play all of the chords and they are given the guitar to keep to hopefully continue playing.
Guitars not Guns is a wonderful all volunteer non profit that helps kids by teaching them music, guitar, and self esteem. It gives them a place to go and a wonderful skill to learn and fall in love with. It affords them a respite from the normal world and an alternative to finding trouble in the streets. Children who study music do better in school and in life. Music, like all the arts, expands the mind and lifts the spirits. This is a very worthy cause that could use all the help it can get!
This organization really captured a sentiment of compassion and sharing for the sake of spreading love, the essence of music. Guitars not Guns
I belong to the Aaron Brown chapter of Guitars Not Guns, a memorial chapter for a friend of mine who had the deepest love for music of all of my friends, and the greatest heart I've ever met. This organization couldn't have been a better match to help remember my friend and promote his legacy. Though I had little direct experience with the organization, I can tell you that from the little experience I had, along with the experiences I've heard from others in our chapter, this group is one of the most dedicated, genuine, and compassionate non-profit groups I've probably ever heard of. They're unique mission is unparalleled and potential is astronomical. I only expect great things from this organization and wish them the best.
Well, I went to Annandale High School as well. Also, my friends got an scholarship from Guitars Not Guns. I used to be in Guitar Class with Mr. Key and he mentioned this organization and how it helps
I became aware of this organization after my friend's parents partnered with them after his passing and feel honored to know people who are involved with this non-profit group. Their task is simple yet their accomplishments are extraordinary. By providing troubled and underprivileged youths the ability to express themselves through the simple means of music gives them a door to opportunities they may not have had a chance to experience before. I hope Guitars Not Guns is able to get the recognition it deserves and along with the recognition it receives ample resources to continue its success.
A few years ago, a childhood friend of mine was tragically shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in Alexandria, VA. He was an only child with a promising future who was just getting ready to begin college. His passion was music. He played the guitar, and I'll never forget his trademark Metallica shirts. Music was my friend's life, and when we lost him and the community was mourning, the family made it a point to involve Guitars Not Guns. As an individual who has not only worked with children as a mentor and tutor, but also as someone who has grown up to be a journalist in the music industry in New York City, I see firsthand the positive effects that being involved with a strong music program can have on youth, especially when the program is in the hands of responsible, strong-willed adults with a sense of values and morals. That is exactly what Guitars Not Guns brings to the table. Responsible adults, teaching musical skills to kids in need. If I still lived in Virginia, I would certainly be more directly involved with the local chapter of GnG, not only to honor my good friend's memory, but because music was such a motivating force in my own childhood.