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Krispy Kreme Fundraiser at Reston Giant

Sunday, August 22, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Giant at North Point Shopping Center, Reston

Come out and help raise some funds for the HHS Guitar program by selling delicious Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Parents and students are invited to come and help with this fundraiser. All proceeds will be divided equally and credited to students who participate. These funds can be used to offset the cost of the annual competition trip attended by Guitar 3 and 4 students. Students in Guitar 1 and 2 can begin to save up for their future trips. Contact Karen Dugan for more information and to sign up:




Guitar 4 Performs at Mid-Atlantic Guitar Festival

Photo by Jeanne LovelandCongratulations to the Guitar 4 Ensemble who performed at the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Guitar Festival on March 13 at West Potomac High School. Their performance was fantastic and very well received by the judges. Zoe Johnstone of Johns Hopkins University told the ensemble that they "really get it," and exemplify musical excellence in performance. The highlight of the festival was attending the workshop and concert by master guitarist, Don Ross, and later realizing he was on the wings of the stage enjoying and filming Guitar 4's performance! How proud we were!!! It was a successful day for Herndon, and a great time was had by all.




Jack Radcliffe Receives 2010 Glen McCarthy Award

Special congratulations go to Jack Radcliffe, who is this year's recipient of the Glen McCarthy Guitar Award at Herndon HS. Jack has been a lead player in our top guitar ensemble for the past three years, a Governor's School candidate, and has performed in two of our school musicals. Bravo, Jack, for your years of service and excellence! McCarthy Award info ...


Guitar 3 and 4 Visit New York City

Visit our Picasa album for trip photos (courtesy Jeanne Loveland)


Many thanks and congratulations are due to our Guitar 3 and Guitar 4 Ensembles who performed at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York last Friday, March 19, 2010. It was a fantastic performance and an exciting experience to play in this cathedral, the largest of its kind in the world. Its size and beauty are beyond words. We enjoyed a spectacular performance of Wicked and soaked in the history, culture, and cuisine of New York City. The guitarists represented Herndon well, and I am very proud of all of them! Our trip included a tour of the C.F. Martin & Co. facility in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Students visited the "Pickin' Parlor" where they had an opportunity to play some of Martin's high-end and Limited Edition models. A special thank you to trip coordinators and head chaperones Jeanne Loveland and Anne Egan for the countless hours of planning and execution required for such an adventure. And thank you to our trip chaperones Myriam Kane, Kelli Radcliffe, Carole Rynearson, Bob Berlin, Mike Skinnell, and Beth Gilley. Our guitarists were in excellent hands and superbly cared for by our chaperones, and I am deeply thankful for their time, energy, and dedication to our guitar program and guitar students. —Chris Cunningham


Herndon Guitar Welcomes Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips will be teaching the guitar ensembles at Herndon High School until the end of the 2009-2010 school year while Mr. Cunningham takes paternity leave. Mr. Phillips has just completed his third year of guitar and music education studies at George Mason University. He is a guitar student of Larry Snitzler and is experienced in classical, jazz, and fingerstyle guitar. Mr. Phillips performed Heather's Song by Andrew McKee at the 2010 Spring Concert.


2009-2010 Guitar Student Council

John Shelton, Jack Radcliffe, Ryan Swisher, Chris Ward, Sam Stone, Brandon Mendonca, David Aber, Lucas Kane, Andrea Bisbee


Guitar Concert, Thursday, May 20, 2010

Report Times:

Guitar 1, 1st period - report at 6:00.  Drop cases in the Orchestra room 143 then report to the stage with your guitar and music.

All other ensembles report at 6:45. Drop instruments in assigned rooms.   Report to Auditorium and sit in reserved seating for Guitar.

      Guitar 1    Orchestra room 143
      Guitar 2    Band room 141
      Guitar 3    Chorus room 142
      Guitar 4    Chorus room 142

Attire: Sunday best! Gentlemen required dress: dress pants, dress shoes, collar shirt.  Ties and jackets are encouraged but optional.   

Ladies...nice dress clothes, pants are encouraged. No jeans, tennis shoes, or t-shirts.

CDs:  The concert will be recorded by RonArt. CDs may be purchased for $12.  Order forms will available at the concert and are available HERE.

Reserved Seats:  If you contributed at the Taylor or Martin level, you will have reserved seats at the concert.  Look for the ushers.

Reception:  Please join us for a reception in the lobby after the concert. Please bring: (by student last name):

     A through J – 1 2-liter bottle of soda, juice or water

     K through Z – 2 dozen dessert or appetizer

Please drop off your items at the hospitality tables in the auditorium lobby when you or your student arrives. 

Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for the following:

Guitar Raffle: The selection will be made toward the end of the concert. Tickets will be sold in the lobby up until the time of the drawing. Please continue to pass on the opportunity to your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.


FACE Advocacy Results

The FCPS Band and Strings programs appear to have been preserved for the 2010-11 school year! Details: |  Facebook page


Salisbury University Classical Guitar Festival & Competition: Saturday, April 10

Get all the details here ...


Mid-Atlantic Guitar Festival

Saturday, March 13

7:30 a.m. – approx. 6:00 p.m.

West Potomac High School, Alexandria VA

Guitar 3 and Guitar 4 will be competing at the Mid Atlantic Guitar Festival on March 13 at West Potomac HS. This year we are all traveling by school bus to and from the festival together. All guitar students must report to Herndon HS by 7:30 a.m. Guitar 3 performs at 10:15 with a warm-up at 9:30; Guitar 4 performs at 3:25 with a warm-up at 2:35. After Guitar 4 performs, we'll board the bus to come home. Estimated return to HHS is 6:00 p.m. School will not be unlocked when we return. There will be workshops and a lunch-time performance as well as other schools performing during the day. You will need to bring your lunch. Lunch may be available for purchase at the school, we will confirm that. Field trip forms will come home closer to the event. IMPORTANT: SATs are also scheduled for this day. If you/your student is scheduled to take the SAT on March 13, please e-mail Mr. Cunningham immediately so he can assess the attendance for each group. Chaperones Needed: We will need 5–6 chaperones for this trip since it is a field trip. If you are interested in chaperoning, please e-mail


Come Celebrate the New Addition to the Cunningham Family!


Sunday, February 28, Lucia's Italian Subs & Pizza Deli | DOWNLOAD OR PRINT THE FLYER

21800 Towncenter Plaza, Suite 255 (Dranesville Rd. & Rt. 7), Sterling, VA 20164-1887 | 703-444-4464‎

Fundraiser Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Celebration with Cunninghams: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Come to Lucia's and meet Joelle Page Cunningham. Her parents will be there, too, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Guitar Boosters will present the Cunninghams with the baby gifts from the Guitar families. This event also will be a fundraiser. Lucia's will give us 15% of eat-in and carry-out sales all day! Tell your friends, family, and neighbors as well. These funds will go to the upcoming NYC spring trip (in place of the HUMC dinner that was cancelled due to snow). You must present the flyer provided above (we will have some copies there as well).

Students are invited to bring their guitars and, if space and time permits, they can do some impromptu playing.


CANCELLED – Guitar Boosters Dinner at HUMC

The Guitar Boosters Dinner scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, at Herndon United Methodist Church, has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule the dinner for another date, to be announced.


New Deadline for Spring Trip Payments and Forms

Due to the snow day on Feb. 3, the deadline to turn in your final payment and all forms has been extended to Thursday, February 4, by 2:30 p.m.  Final payment and all five completed forms must be received by this time in order to get the $20 discount. Payments and forms may be turned in to either the black mailbox on Mr. Cunningham's door (DO NOT GIVE TO SUBS!), OR delivered to Jeanne Loveland at 11588 Greenwich Point Rd., Reston (black box on front porch). Please make sure you turn in all five forms. All forms are available on the Spring Trip page:

Herndon Guitar Winter Concert



Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 7:00 p.m. • HHS Auditorium




Guitar 2, 3, and 4 performed classical and contemporary music, as well as seasonal favorites. Check back soon for results of our raffles. Thank you to all who contributed to the SGA Adopt-a-Family. Happy Holidays!




Herndon Guitar Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

7:00 p.m. • HHS Auditorium

Guitar 2, 3, and 4 will perform classical and contemporary music, as well as seasonal favorites. Guitar 1 will not perform but is required to attend. Reminder to Booster Contributors: If you contributed at the Taylor or Martin level, you will have reserved seats at the concert. Check with an usher as you enter the auditorium. Also be sure to pick up your car window decal (if you haven't already).

Concert Report Times

Guitar 2    6:30    Warm-up on stage
Guitar 3    5:30    Final dress rehearsal on stage
Guitar 4    7:00    Be in the audience by the start of the concert
Guitar 1    7:00    Although they're not performing, they are required to attend the concert

Reception Follows Concert. All guitar families are invited to meet and mingle after the concert! Desserts, appetizers, and beverages will be served. What to bring. Students are asked to provide refreshments as follows: Students with last names beginning with A through J should bring a dessert or appetizer (2 dozen), and students K through Z should bring two 2-liter bottles of drinks. Food and drink can be dropped off in the auditorium lobby when you report. Contact Jeanne Talbot if you have questions about the reception:

Enter the Raffle! We will be raffling off the poinsettias that will decorate the stage, as well as some gift cards for Houlihan's, Glory Days, and Music & Arts. The raffle proceeds will go toward the 2010 spring trip. Stop by the raffle table in the lobby!



The Guitar program will participate in the SGA Adopt-a-Family program. Information has been distributed via e-mail. Donated items and cash contributions must be dropped off at the designated table in the lobby at the Winter Concert (Dec. 16). Contact with questions. Thank you for helping out!


Guitar 4 to Support ANG Fundraising

Guitar 4 students will perform at the All Night Grad fundraising dinner that will be held at Herndon United Methodist Church (across Bennett Street from the school) on Wednesday, November 4, 2009. More info to come ... plan to be there, and bring the whole family!


Songwriters Showcase at the Smithsonian

Are you interested in songwriting? If so, you might be interested in attending the Songwriters Showcase at the Smithsonian: Tuesday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. at the Natural History Museum. There are some free student tickets available.To get the free tickets, e-mail Parents will have to purchase a ticket if they go. This event will showcase the winners of a songwriting contest that included over 250 applications. There are 12 winners, including four Young Artists (students), two of which are from Fairfax County. The event also features Lamont Dozier, legendary Motown songwriter, who will talk about songwriting. Click here for more information.


Herndon Guitar Night at Lucia's

Photo by Jeanne Loveland

Guitar students provided musical entertainment at the Herndon Guitar Night fundraiser at Lucia's Italian Ristorante (Towncenter Plaza, Sterling) on October 21, 2009. Lucia's donated 15% of the evening's proceeds to the Herndon Guitar Boosters.


Photo by Jeanne Loveland



More photos HERE










Fundraiser Dinner at Lucia's — October 21

Lucia's Italian Subs & Pizza Deli

21800 Towncenter Plaza, Suite 255

Intersection of Dranesville Rd. & Rt. 7

Sterling, VA 20164-1887


5:00 - 9:00 p.m.




Come out to Lucia's for a delicious Italian dinner accompanied by musical entertainment by Herndon Guitar performers. A portion of the evening's proceeds — 15% — will be donated to Herndon Guitar. Eat in or carry out! Mingle with fellow guitar families and hear guitar students play! Bring your friends! See you there!


Entertainment Book Sale Results

The Entertainment Book sale raised over $2,600, half of which goes to the students and half to the Guitar Boosters. Our top seller was Walter Little, Guitar 2, with 10 books. Way to go, Walter! The top sellers by class were:


    Guitar 1, 1st period - Lisa Sheffer - 8 books
    Guitar 1, 4th period - Zach Talbot - 3 books
    Guitar 2 - Zachary Harold - 4 books
    Guitar 3 - Nicholas Wright - 7 books
    Guitar 4 - Patrick Tugwell - 8 books


Thanks to Scott and Susan Allen for heading up this fundraising effort. And thanks to everyone who participated!


Entertainment Book Orders Due This Week!

All orders, money, and unsold books are due on the following dates: October 15 for 1st period (Guitar 1) and 5th period (Guitar 4)  October 16 for 2nd period (Guitar 2), 4th period (Guitar 1), and 6th period (Guitar 3). CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS! Questions? Contact Scott or Susan Allen at for more info or to order. 


Fall Fundraiser

From September 21 to October 16, Herndon Guitar students and parents will sell Entertainment books for their fall fundraiser. The price is $30 per book. Sales benefit the guitar program and help offset the costs of the spring trip. Entertainment books and sales literature have been distributed to all guitar students. Entertainment books also will be available for purchase at the Homecoming football game on October 3. CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS! All orders, money, and unsold books must be turned in on: Thursday, October 15, for Red Day classes, Friday, October 16, for Black Day classes. Questions? Contact Scott or Susan Allen at for more info or to order. 


Guitar Boosters "Tuning Up" for 2009–10!

If your student is in a guitar class at Herndon High School, you're already a member of the Herndon Guitar Boosters. Get involved and support the guitar program! Meet the Herndon Guitar Boosters at Freshman Parent Orientation on September 3 and Back-to-School Night on September 23. We'll be on hand to give out information about our volunteer needs and contribution levels and to answer any questions you may have. We'll also have window decals available for purchase, and we'll sell Entertainment books for our annual fundraiser. All guitar students' parents are invited and encouraged to attend our first general membership meeting scheduled for Monday, September 28, in the Lecture Hall at 7:00 p.m. We will discuss plans for the school year. We have several important volunteer positions to fill — your time and talents are needed and very much appreciated! Be sure to visit the Guitar Boosters page, where you will find our Membership and Volunteer Form and our Contribution Form for 200910.





Guitar 3 Excels at Mid-Atlantic Guitar Festival

A hearty congratulations is due to each member of the Guitar 3 Ensemble! Their performance at the Mid-Atlantic Guitar Festival was dynamite!  Both judges had delightful comments and were eager to congratulate us on a most impressive performance of a most difficult piece of music. And thank you, parents, who helped transport our students across Fairfax County to distant West Potomac High School. 


Guitar 3's School Board Performance

On Thursday, June 11, 2009, the Guitar 3 juniors and sophomores performed the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the monthly meeting of the Fairfax County School Board. The performance was broadcast on Channel 21 (FCPS Red Apple 21). This performance was an exciting opportunity to remind the FCPS School Board and the community at large of the value of guitar education in our schools.

View photos here


Guitar 3 to Perform for the Fairfax County School Board on June 11

On Thursday, June 11, the Guitar 3 juniors and sophomores will perform the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the monthly meeting of the Fairfax County School Board. The performance will be broadcast on Channel 21 (FCPS Red Apple 21). Guitarists should report to Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA, at 6:30 p.m. in performance dress clothes with their guitars. Please leave early from Herndon and account for evening traffic volumes. We are responsible for setting up our own chairs and stands prior to the 7:00 p.m. performance, so students must be on time arriving at 6:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., we will perform the Star Spangled Banner and then the guitarists will be dismissed to travel home. Mr. Cunningham will give the students hard copies of maps from Herndon to Jackson Middle School on Friday, June 5. This performance is an exciting opportunity to remind the FCPS School Board and the community at large of the value of guitar education in our schools. And families, remember to tune in to Channel 21 to watch our 7:00 p.m. performance.


Guitar Boosters Membership Meeting

Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 p.m., HHS Lecture Hall

Please join the Herndon Guitar Boosters as we plan for next year. We will have elections and discuss volunteer needs for next year's guitar events. Visit the Boosters page for a list of volunteer opportunities.


Herndon Guitar Sensational at 2009 Spring Concert!

Students in all three guitar ensembles, as well as select combos, performed their final concert of the year on Thursday, May 21, 2009. Photos | CD Order Forms | View the Program


Spring Guitar Concert

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 7:30 p.m. - HHS Auditorium

All levels will perform as well as select combos. Guitar 1 students please report at 6:30 p.m. Guitar 2 and Guitar 3 students please report by 7:20 p.m. Herndon Guitar car decals and "Just Jam" t-shirts will be for sale. And be sure to check out the Senior Art Show! Order CDs of the Concert: The Spring Concert will be recorded by the HHS Band Parents Association, and CDs can be ordered at the concert. Pricing is as follows: 1 CD - $10.00, 2 CDs - $16.00, 3 CDs - $24.00, 4 CDs - $30.00. Add $8.00 for each additional CD. All CDs will be mailed. The price includes shipping via first class mail. If you do not order CDs at the concert, you may place your order in the Band Red Box in the Music Department, or mail it to: HHSBPA, P.O. Box 1293, Herndon, VA 20172-1293.


"Think Fresh" at Guitar Fundraiser on May 14

Come out and support the Herndon Guitar Boosters in a fundraiser at Fresh City restaurant in Herndon on Thursday, May 14. Fresh City will donate 15% of all sales between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. to the Guitar Boosters. HHS guitar students will also be entertaining during this event. Hope to see you there!




Thursday, May 14, 2009



5:00 – 9:00 p.m.



Fresh City in the Clocktower Shopping Center

2403 Centreville Road, Herndon



Guitar 3 Earns Superior Rating at Fiesta-Val

Herndon Guitar 3 Ensemble performs at 2009 Fiesta-Val in Va. Beach. Photo by Jeanne Loveland
Photos by Jeanne Loveland

Lots more on Flickr

Congratulations to the Guitar 3 Ensemble, who earned a Superior Rating with a score of 95.25 at the Fiesta-Val Adjudication in Virginia Beach on April 17, 2009. Congratulations are also due to Tim Crites, who received an Outstanding Soloist Award. Bravo to each member of the ensemble for their excellence in musicianship and character, which made our Spring Trip '09 a memorable and rewarding experience for everyone! Bravissimo, Guitar 3 Ensemble! Be sure to visit the Choir website for their Fiesta-Val results and photos. View lots more Guitar Ensemble photos on Flickr.





Thurs., April 16 – Sat., April 18, 2009

Click the bumper sticker for the Trip Packet (includes itinerary, hotel info, medication forms, etc.)


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