SCF Music Department Presents Guitar Fest

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 9, 2016) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Music Department will present Guitar Fest, a concert performance by the SCF Guitar Ensemble conducted by SCF Music Professor Rex Willis, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. Guitar Fest also will feature guitar ensembles from Riverview High School, Manatee School for the Arts (MSA) and the Harrison School for the Arts in Lakeland.

From classical to contemporary, folk, jazz and Latin styles, the variety of music is sure to please all. “The Guitar Fest should pique interest among anyone wondering what it sounds like to hear fifty guitars playing as an orchestra,” said Willis. “A guitar ensemble using acoustic-classical guitars often sounds like a traditional orchestra. The guitarists pick the strings with all five fingers of their right hand, as opposed to a single pick, often strumming multiple sounding chords while adding pizzicato, a violinist’s technique. Percussive effects are added by tapping the guitar front and back of the guitar body, scratching and scraping the strings.”

Willis, a native Floridian, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Florida State University. A published composer, his music has been performed all over the world. He has composed scores for several award-winning independent films and written lyrics and music for two musicals produced locally and in Tampa. Willis also released three CDs featuring his original and classical guitar compositions.

 “A few of the more interesting titles to be performed are ‘The Floating Ancillary Ants,’ ‘Champagne Rag,’ ‘Bluegrass Suite’ and ‘Intergalactic Guitarfish for World Peace’,” Willis said.  

General Admission $8, students $4. Parking is free. For more information call the Neel box office at 941-752-5252 or email A complete list of music events is available at

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