The Maryvale Guitar Program is On the Move Again

Posted by Community Relations on 11/18/2015

The Maryvale Guitar program is on the move again, and the trips get more impressive each year. Eighteen members of the Touring Guitar ensembles are going on a concert tour of Italy in May, playing in Florence, Rome and Venice. The highlight of that trip has just been confirmed. The Diocese of Rome approved the group to perform at the Pantheon in Rome, an ancient building built in the second century.   Instructor James Yancey is the man behind this successful program. It helped that he speaks Italian.

“This is the biggest honor I can imagine.  After many emails, submissions of recordings, and phone conversations (in Italian) this concert was approved. They are incredibly excited to host us,” Yancey said. (Our students) most certainly can perform anywhere.  This is the biggest news for touring guitar as of yet in this program.” 

The Italy tour begins on March 13 and the concert in Rome is on Tuesday, March 15 in the evening.  The concert tour goes on to Florence and to Venice.  The students return to Phoenix on March 23.  The ensembles are also performing in New Mexico and New York next semester.