One of the programs that is quite different at CPFA than other schools in our area is our guitar program. There are three levels of guitar at the high school, with students in the third level consistently receiving major scholarships to the guitar performance degrees at places like Berklee and the University of Miami.
At our spring instrumental concert this year, two of our senior guitar students performed Chick Corea's jazz powerhouse "Spain". It was quite literally in the top five high school performances I have ever been directly involved with as a teacher. The audio from the actual concert was sustandard, so PALCS's video staff member re-recorded them live in our student lounge after the concert. Griffin Allen (left) will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall majoring in music composition. Dean Fields (right) will be attending Berklee Conservatory of Music in the fall for guitar performance.
I, their guitar teacher at CPFA, Mr. Sean Townsend, and the rest of our faculty and staff are incredibly proud of these two young men and their accomplishments.
Be sure to hang in there for Dean's comment during the fade-out.
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