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On To The Finals



Joe Mott, Craig Bennington, Chris Monzanares 
Here's the story.  First of all: Every effort we made by bringing pictures together and writing out the story to the event was greeted by a computer problem.  The computer died, we got another one and it died.  And then, even another.   Eventually we had to go a few months with only email and barely a printer and so . . . we lost the story.  I may try to reconstruct it in the future but here's what I can remember and here are just a few of the pictures that we took.  
In any event . . .

Craig and others, Melisa Osterman, Joe Mott and a few who were once students like Chris Monzanares, maybe a few more like Antonio Maldonado were there to compete.  They were all amazing!  We saw many old students from CHODOSH GUITAR there to cheer on our students as well.  It was wonderful.  There was a great deal of fantastic local talent there to compete and it was incredible.

Screaming metle, crying blues, heavy rock, wonderful melodic ballads.  Sweeping, lightning scales, chord solos, and classical counter point.  It was all there.

In Short, Craig won the week he was there and then during the final, when each weeks winner came back to compete again, he took it again! 

They sent him off to Louisiana, New Orleans, to be precise and there he got onto a stage, competed against some pretty hot players.  He didn't go further but I've got to tell ya', for a guy who was only playing, I think for 4 years at the time, he did unbelievably well!  The thing is that a lot of the best players I've ever met never get to that position.  Not favored by the right judges at the right time, having nothing to do with their talent.  In other words, I know Craig is extremely talented and will go very far as a guitar player or really, at anything he decides to do.  But to see him in the right place and at the right time with so little experience and up against some pretty heavy players was one of the best experiences I have ever had and I am grateful to have been there to be a part of it.

Congratulations Craig from all of us at CHODOSH GUITAR!

Achieve that dream!
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