Western Colorado Guitar Society Board of Directors
The officers of the society are:
President and Artistic Director – Javier de los Santos
Vice President – Don Neal
Javier de los Santos – President and Artistic Director
Classical guitarist Javier de los Santos began his formal music studies in 1998 in Guitar Performance under Francisco Javier Muro Guevara at the Unidad Académica de Música de la Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (UAMUAZ) in the State of Zacatecas, México. In 2006, under the guidance of Mr. Eric vanDiver Nohe, Javier earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Guitar Performance at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO. Javier holds a Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music studying with renowned Maestro Ricardo Iznaola.
Javier has performed extensively in different places, including: the XV Semana Cultural de Zacatecas in Zacatecas, Mexico, various recitals and performances in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico and other municipalities, Spain, Maine, Texas, Arizona, Utah and in different venues in the State of Colorado, USA. Currently Javier lives in Grand Junction, CO where he teaches private guitar lessons and is a Guitar Instructor at Colorado Mesa University.
Javier is First Place Winner of the “2009 Denver Classical Guitar Society Solo Debut Competition.”
Don Neal – Vice President
Originally hailing from Denver, I moved to Grand Junction in 1985. I transferred from the State Health Department in Denver. I worked at the Colorado State branch lab at Mesa County Health Dept. to add environmental and clinical microbiology to the department. I retired in 2004 with 28 years of service. At that time, I decided to realize one of my great passions, the study of the classical guitar.
Music has always been a very important to me. I started playing piano at six years of age and have continued for most of my life. However, as much as I love piano, the guitar has an intimacy and a unique array of effects that no other western stringed instrument can duplicate. I realized this when I was in my early college years and have been captivated ever since.
I enjoy jazz and have volunteered as a programmer with KAFM community radio, 88.1, since 1999. You can hear my show monthly on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:00.
John Dobbs —Treasurer
I’ve always enjoyed music, of many different styles, but particularly classical and guitar. I have played guitar and other instruments on and off for most of my life mostly self-taught and not very seriously. Over the past few years I’ve restarted my musical education arriving at a point where I am a student of classical guitar.
The reason I’m helping the WCCGS is to promote the classical guitar and its music here in Western Colorado, including performances and instruction. There’s nothing more exciting and engaging than live performance of any art especially when you are involved yourself and this is an art that anyone can participate in.
I work in IT at Rocky Mountain Health Plans. I am a child of the manned space program (Sputnik, Telstar, the Mercury Missions and so on) and have spent my entire career in computers and communications.